Douglas Wartzok was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President of Florida International University in June 2010. He also serves as Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Andrews University, a M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Biophysics (Neurophysiology) from the Johns Hopkins University. He has been a faculty member and academic administrator at Johns Hopkins University (Assistant and Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Ecology and Behavior in the School of Public Health), Purdue University (Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the Fort Wayne campus), University of Missouri-St. Louis (Professor, Dean of the Graduate School, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research), and Florida International University (Professor, Dean of the University Graduate School, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Vice President for Research, Vice President Academic Affairs and Interim Provost and Executive Vice President).

Dr. Wartzok’s research on marine mammals has taken him from the Arctic Ocean to Antarctica to study seals, whales and walrus. He, along with his colleagues and graduate students have developed acoustic tracking systems for studying seals, and radio and satellite tracking systems for studying whales. His research focuses on behavioral and physiological ecology of marine mammals; sensory systems involved in under-ice navigation by seals; and psycho-physiological studies of captive marine mammals. Most recently he has been involved in policy issues related to the effects of naval anti-submarine warfare sonar on beached whales.

For eight years Dr. Wartzok edited the premier journal in his field, Marine Mammal Science, and is now Editor Emeritus. He is a member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on “Assessing Ambient Noise in the Ocean with Regard to Potential Impacts on Marine Mammals,” and chaired a National Academy of Sciences Committee on “Determining Biological Significance of Marine Mammal Responses to Ocean Noise.”


If you have any concerns or comments, reach the Provost with the information below:

Douglas Wartzok, Ph.D
Provost and Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PC 526
Miami, Florida 33199
(305) 348-2151