Endowed by the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, the two-year chair opens the way for promising, non-tenured professors to undertake marine-related research that will further innovative uses of the ocean's resources. Professor Babbin was selected for his proposed research on The Roles of Nitrogen Dynamics in Governing Coral Reef Health. The term of his professorship is from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020.
The Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization was established through a generous grant from the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, Inc. of Darien, Connecticut. The professorship is awarded to promising junior faculty.