Dr. David H. Niebuhr is the Managing Director of the Watermen’s Museum and the President of The Man and the Sea Project. He comes to these positions from a leadership role as the Vice President of the Education Division at Mote Marine Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in 1999. Prior to Mote Marine Laboratory, Dr. Niebuhr was at the College of William and Mary where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in science teaching methods to elementary and secondary level pre-service teachers. Dr. Niebuhr is known for his enthusiastic and engaging style with his students and subject matter. His reputation as a teacher led him to be selected to develop and teach science education programs as part of a joint US-China program sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Niebuhr is a physical biologist and ecologist whose work in curriculum development has received national recognition, including an internet-based project with WHRO Telecommunications that was featured in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Annual Report. He has lead several curriculum development projects for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has served as a science expert for PBS Television, has authored several chapters of introductory science textbooks and scholarly articles on science, science education and marine resources management, and currently serves as the Chair of the Editorial Board for Current: The Journal of Marine Education.
Dr. Niebuhr, his wife Lauren, and their children Conrad and Katie, enjoy sailing their classic, Friendship Sloop Perseverance.