1761Rick began is career within the department as a research associate in 1982. he became an extension marine specialist with the alabama cooperative extension system in 1983 and was selected to serve as director of the auburn university marine extension and research center in mobile in 1999. he remained director of amerc until his retirement in 2008. he served the university and the citizens of coastal alabama by conducting outreach and research activities on shrimp, fish and shellfish in support of the seafood industry along with his administrative duties.