America's Watershed Board of Directors

A diverse board includes participants from across the watershed and different sectors.

Charles (“Chuck”)┬áSomerville

Ohio River Basin Alliance and Marshall University, Huntington, WV


Chuck is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Dean of the College of Science at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He earned his PhD in Marine Microbiology in 1989 and worked at the Biological Station in Roscoff France, the EPA Environmental Research Laboratory in Gulf Breeze Florida, and the US Air Force Environics Lab in Panama City Florida before joining the faculty at Marshall University in 1997.

He served as chair of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2005 to 2009, and has been dean of the College of Science since 2009. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research & Education (ORBCRE), the West Virginia Science & Research Council, and the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board, and is currently Chair of the Steering Committee for the Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA). His research interests are in biodegradation/ bioremediation of anthropogenic contaminants in aquatic environments, and microbial community structure and dynamics in large rivers. In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.