Rex H. Caffey is Louisiana Sea Grant’s new director of Marine Extension, according to a news release.

He had served as interim Extension director since December 2010.

“Rex is a natural for this position,” said Chuck Wilson, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program executive director. “He understands the importance of Extension to Sea Grant’s mission, he’s demonstrated his leadership abilities countless times, and he knows the job. Twice he’s served as interim Marine Extension director.”

Caffey has been with Louisiana Sea Grant and the AgCenter since 1998, when he began serving as a wetlands and coastal resources specialist. In 2002, he was appointed an associate professor in the LSU AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness while also maintaining his Marine Extension specialist appointment. In 2008, he was promoted to full professor. Caffey also is the founding director of the LSU Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy.

Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant, based at LSU, has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone.