In Memoriam: Adrian Dahood-Fritz

Dr. Kim de Mutsert hooding Adrian Dahood-Fritz at George Mason University, Fall 2017. Photo courtesy of Kim de Mutsert. Photo Credit: Andrew Fritz (deceased).

Eulogy by Dr. Kim de Mutsert (Adrian’s PhD advisor)

We are deeply saddened by the loss of ESP alumna Adrian Dahood-Fritz (PhD, 2017) and her husband, Andrew Fritz. She and her husband will be dearly missed by those left behind.

Adrian was a passionate scientist, caring lab member, and friend. She attained her PhD in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in Fall 2017 with her research on marine protected area placement in Antarctica, for which she received the department’s greatest impact award.  She cared deeply about the conservation and sustainability of the Antarctic region and continued her instrumental work in this region after she graduated, first as a post-doctoral researcher, and most recently as senior scientist/policy advisor at the Ocean Protection Council.

If you would like to read more about Adrian’s dissertation research, here is a link to a story previously featured on this website:

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: