John Fear is deputy director of North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina System. He focuses on developing and executing research portfolios for the two interinstitutional programs, and increasing the links among the research, extension and communication sections of both organizations.
Fear worked as research coordinator for the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve program within the N.C. Division of Coastal Management for nine years. In this role he conducted original research and facilitated studies by partners at the 10 sites of the NCCR-NCNERR and their respective watersheds. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences.
He has served on the North Carolina Sea Grant Advisory Board and was a member of the steering committees for ocean policy and inner coast studies led by Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center.
Fear currently is on the core management team for the N.C. Sentinel Site Cooperative, a multiagency partnership established as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration effort to provide coastal communities and resource managers with information on potential impacts of sea-level rise on coastal habitats.
A native of New Bern, NC, Fear holds a doctorate in environmental sciences and engineering from UNC-CH’s School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from UNC-CH. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, family time and tinkering with anything mechanical.