College of Sciences Dean Candidate Susan Lozier

M. Susan Lozier

Distinguished Professor of Ocean Sciences, Duke University
President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union

Susan Lozier received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Washington. Following postdoctoral studies at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, she joined the faculty of Duke University in 1992, where she is now a distinguished professor of ocean sciences.   

Lozier’s research focuses on the ocean’s role in climate change. In particular, she studies the large-scale meridional overturning circulation of the ocean and how that circulation impacts heat and fresh water transport. She is currently the international lead for an observing system that measures the meridional overturning in the subpolar North Atlantic. 

At Duke, Lozier has served as chair of her department, chair of Duke’s faculty senate, vice-provost for strategic planning, and as co-chair of Duke’s effort to reimagine graduate education. She recently completed a term as the President of the Oceanography Society and, as of January of 2019, is the President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union.  

Lozier has been recognized for her teaching, mentoring, research and leadership. She was the recipient of an NSF Early Career Award in 1996, was awarded a Bass Chair for Excellence in Research and Teaching in 2000, received a Duke University Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2007, and was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2008, of the American Geophysical Union in 2014, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015.  She was awarded the American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award in 2016 for leadership in the ocean sciences community.