2013 Annual Conference
Dr. Roy A. Watlington
A native St. Thomian, Roy A. Watlington retired from the University of the Virgin Islands in December 2008 after 27 years as tenured professor of physics, researcher and occasional administrator. He had served as Chancellor of the St. Thomas Campus, Director of UVI's first General Education Reform and Associate Director and Acting Director of the Eastern Caribbean Center as well as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was coordinator of UVI's successful initiation of the VI-Experimental Project to Stimulate Competitive Research. As Principal Investigator of UVI's Anegada Climate Tracers Study, he organized 13 deep water expeditions to study climatic signals in seawater. He has authored refereed papers related to these activities, such as on the charting of Kick-`em-Jenny submarine volcano and on anticipating impacts of a recurrence of a tsunami, such as was experienced here in 1867. He is co-author of Disaster and Disruption in 1867; Hurricane, Earthquake and Tsunami in the Danish West Indies. Having been co-founder of the Caribbean Regional Association for the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System, he now serves as an elected member of its Stakeholders' Council and consultant for outreach in the US Virgin Islands. He expresses his greatest satisfaction for having engaged dozens of students in deep-water oceanographic research, for assisting in innovating freshman science offerings, for improving students' physics laboratory experiences at CVI/UVI, and for introducing unaware UVI students and staff to the wilderness of St Thomas through the UVI Explorers' Club.