Mark S. Peterson is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to coming to USM he was faculty at Mississippi State University for 6 yrs and a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Florida. At USM, Mark taught Coastal Processes II, Ecology of Fishes, Ichthyology, and Topics in Fisheries Ecology and has developed a research program on resource ecology where he and his students study fish-habitat relationships, eco-physiology of living in coastal ecosystems, landscape restoration, invasive species, and life-history of fishes. Current research uses acoustic telemetry to understand better the ecology and conservation of threatened Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Mark, his students, and colleagues have published extensively on these topics with 137 publications to date. Mark has been Editor-in-Chief, Gulf and Caribbean Research (https://aquila.usm.edu/gcr/) since 1996 which has recently partnered with GCFI in 2017, is an Associate Editor for Estuaries and Coasts (2017-present), and is on the Editorial Board of CICIMAR Oceánides, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, LaPaz, B.C.S., México (2010-present). Mark has served as an elected members of the Board of Governors of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and has served the Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Gulf and Estuarine Research Society, and the Southeastern Division of American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists as President. Mark was a co-organizer of the 53rd GCFI conference in Biloxi, MS and co-chair of the Large Pelagic Fishes Symposium held at the 59th GCFI. Mark has been an active member of the GCFI Publication Committee (2000-2017), Student Activities Committee (travel awards, judging & silent auction; November 2000-present), Strategic Plan, and Succession Plan committees (member, November 2002-2017), Operations Manual Committee (Chair, November 2015-present), and EXCOM (2016-17).