Tom Herder, Watershed Protection Coordinator / (251) 380-7937
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Tom Herder joined the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program in 2006, as the Watershed Protection Coordinator.

With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and having completed coursework towards a Ph.D. 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 Vanderhart, a nurse who works in the recovery room at the Mobile Infirmary, moved to Mobile shortly before Hurricane Ivan. They live in a home in Midtown Mobile, with three Australian Shepherd dogs, two parrots, and a tank of community fresh water fish. Tom plays a lot of disc golf and has been surfing opportunistically for 49 years.