Sean Rafferty, Research Director and Associate Director, joined PASG in 2001. Sean also serves as a Lecturer in Biology at Penn State Behrend. Sean is responsible for directing and overseeing the Research Program, managing and mentoring staff in the Lake Erie Office, conducting ecological studies related to the coastal areas and tributaries of Lake Erie, developing and implementing science-based extension programs, and serving as a liaison between Pennsylvania Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Office. Sean provides expertise and leadership in several key areas, including watershed monitoring and planning; aquatic biology; geospatial technologies; fisheries science; ecosystem health; and coastal communities. During his career, Sean has authored five peer-reviewed publications, delivered more than 20 professional presentations, and has leveraged nearly $1.6 million in grants. In 2012, Rafferty received the Great Lakes Network Mid-Career Individual Achievement Award in recognition of his enthusiasm, performance, and accomplishments during his career. Sean holds a bachelor’s degree from the Penn State Behrend in Biology, a master’s degree from Gannon University in Environmental Health and Engineering, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State.