UM Rosenstiel School Professor Named Maytag Chair and Professor of Ichthyology

Martin Grosell appointed Maytag Chair and Professor of Ichthyology

MIAMI - The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science announced the appointment of Martin Grosell as Maytag chair and professor of ichthyology. Prior to this faculty appointment, Grosell was a professor of marine biology and fisheries at The UM Rosenstiel School.

“Martin is a very distinguished scholar who continues to provide great leadership to the school,” said Roni Avissar, dean of the UM Rosenstiel School.

Grosell has been a faculty member at The Rosenstiel School since 2002 where he specializes in environmental physiology and toxicology in marine fish and invertebrates. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed research papers as well as numerous books and book chapters on the physiology and mechanistic toxicology of aquatic organisms. Grosell received his MSc and PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, at the August Krogh Institute.

Grosell was a co-author of a recent study that showed heart abnormalities in fish embryos exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study was the first of its kind to analyze the effects of the primary toxic agents released from crude oil on several commercially important pelagic fish species that spawn in the Gulf of Mexico.

Established in 1957 and named for Robert E. Maytag, the Maytag Chair is a fully endowed position in the field of ichthyology. Appointees have an established reputation in research and an excellent record of publications, including a strong externally funded research program, teaching and graduate student stewardship. Robert E. Maytag was an avid fisherman and sportsman.


About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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