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KNOXVILLE — Dr. Jacqueline Grebmeier, a University of Tennessee oceanographer, will be named to the Arctic Research Commission by President Bill Clinton.

The White House press office confirmed Clinton’s intention to appoint Grebmeier to the panel, which develops and recommends an integrated national policy on research in the Arctic.

She is a research associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UT.

Dr. Jacqueline Grebmeier, a specialist in polar biological oceanography.

Dr. Jacqueline Grebmeier

Grebmeier, a specialist in polar biological oceanography, is the project director of the National Science Foundation’s Western Arctic Shelf-Basin Interactions Program, which is headquartered in Knoxville. She studies how biological communities in the Arctic and Antarctic are affected by climate variations.

She earned the Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and has been at UT since 1989.

Grebmeier is a project co-leader on a joint U.S.-Russian study of ecosystems in the Bering and Chukchi seas and has been an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundations.

She lives in Lenoir City.

Download a high-resolution (600dpi) photograph of Dr. Grebmeier at ftp://ur.utenn.edu/jackie.jpg