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Tony Haymet, the world-traveling head of the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, is heading out again, this time on a nine-month sabbatical running from October 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.

Haymet will be temporarily replaced by SIO professor Catherine Constable, who will receive an annual salary of $223,200, $60,000 more than her current pay of $163,200, according to documents released after a closed session held by University of California regents in San Francisco this morning.

Constable, who has a B.S. from the University of Western Australia and an M.S. from Australian National University in Haymet's native country, got her Ph.D. at Scripps and UCSD, according to her Scripps website profile.

Her research interests include "Recent and long term secular variation and reversals of the geomagnetic field."

According to an announcement by UCSD this afternoon, during his leave Haymet, a friend of global warming foe and ex-U.S. vice president Al Gore, "will continue his research program, accept an excellence award Visiting Professorship of the Petersen Foundation in Kiel, Germany, and chair the World Economic Forum's Ocean Council.

"The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas."

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