Tom Herder, Watershed Protection Coordinator

Tom Herder joined the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program in 2006, as the Watershed Protection Coordinator. 


With Bachelors and Masters degrees in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and having completed coursework towards a PhD in Zoology from the University of Florida, he has a strong science background, particularly in estuarine biology.  A Marine veteran, lifetime endurance athlete, and former national age group triathlon champion, he went to work at the NEP after leaving a twenty-year career as a competitive swim coach. 


Tom and his wife, Rhoda, a nurse who works in the recovery room at Infirmary West, moved to Mobile shortly before Hurricane Ivan.  They live in a home in Midtown Mobile, with two Australian Shepherd dogs, two parrots, and a tank of community fresh water fish.  Tom fishes and dives, but his real passion is surfing, which he’s been learning for 46 years.


Contact Info

Phone: (251) 380-7937