Quenton Dokken, Ph.D.

Leadership Council

Quenton Dokken is the Executive Director of the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton State University. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. He was previously the Associate Director of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies and the Program Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program. As a marine scientist, Dr. Dokken has conducted research into natural and artificial reef dynamics, fisheries socioeconomics, and larval fish ecology. As Executive Director of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Marine Research Program, he has led his professional peers in developing priorities for marine research in the Gulf of Mexico. He is the founder and coordinator of the Flower Garden Ocean Research Program bringing science and industry together. Dr. Dokken was Executive Director of the Texas State Aquarium from 1985 to 1991. His professional activities include work in Mexico and the Caribbean Islands, engagement with most industries vested in the Gulf of Mexico, and participation on multiple federal advisory committees. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, his master's degree in biology from Corpus Christi State University, and his doctorate in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University - College Station.