IOOS Advisory Committee members and DFO/staff (left to right): Jessica Snowden (Executive Secretary), Lynn Leonard, Val Klump, Emily Pidgeon, LaVerne Ragster, Justin Manley, Rick Spinrad (Chair), Terry Browne, Tom Gulbransen (Vice Chair), Tony MacDonald, CJ Beegle-Kraus, Chris Ostrander, and Zdenka Willis (DFO). Not pictured: Ann Jochens and Eric Terrill
The Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System (ICOOS) Act of 2009 requires the NOAA Administrator to establish a System advisory committee (the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee) to provide advice to the Administrator and to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC), which is responsible for planning for the integrated design, operation, maintenance, enhancement, and expansion of the System.
The U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee (the Committee), per Section 12304 of the Act, shall advise the NOAA Administrator and the IOOC on:
Meeting minutes (pdf) are now available
|7:30 – 8:00||Coffee/Breakfast On-Site||
|8:00 – 8:15||Welcome by Chair and Expectations for the Day|
|8:15 – 10:00||Finalize “150 Day” Statement|
|10:00 – 10:15||Break|
|10:15 – 12:30||Develop Plan of Action and Milestones for “150 Day” Statement|
|12:30 – 1:30||Working Lunch (Discussion/Summary from IOOS Summit and ICE)|
|1:30 – 3:00||Framing the Vision for the IOOS Business Model|
|3:00 – 3:15||Break|
|3:15 – 4:30||Framing the Vision for the IOOS Business Model|
|4:30 – 4:45||Public Comment|
|4:45 – 5:00||Report out of Actions and Assignments|
The agenda above is subject to change. Please refer to this web page for the most up-to-date version.
The IOOS Program is happy to announce the members of the new U.S. IOOS Federal Advisory Committee:
Many thanks to all of the outstanding candidates who applied and to the selection team comprised by members of the IOOC.
Dr. Spinrad is an internationally recognized ocean science leader with over 30 years of multi-sector experience in leading large organizations through change. Presently he oversees research at a Carnegie Tier 1 research institution, Oregon State University. During his career, he has defined environmental research priorities for a team including Nobel laureates in environmental science, led the development of Nation’s first ever ocean research priorities, and established U.S. Navy environmental research strategy. Dr. Spinrad directed over $4B of federal research programs, co-wrote legislation for new federal environmental programs, and has testified more than a dozen times before U.S. Congress on budgetary and environmental issues. He has supervised thousands of employees nationwide, led the successful reorganization of seven federal laboratories, and been recognized with highest level national awards and commendation from peers and supervisors. Dr. Spinrad holds Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Oceanography from Oregon State University.
Dr. Beegle-Krause is a Senior Researcher at SINTEF's Environmental Modeling group in Trondheim, Norway. She specializes in oil spill modeling, and her research focuses on leveraging science into Decision Support. In 2010, she was one of the four oil trajectory modelers for NOAA during the Deepwater Horizon MC 252 oil spill. Dr. Beegle-Krause has received numerous awards and citations for her oil spill trajectory modeling work, as well as multiple “Special Act of Service” awards from within NOAA. She holds a Bachelor's in Biology from Caltech, a Master of Science in Physical Oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington.
Mr. Browne currently serves as the Director of Underwater Technologies and as the International Division Manager for Collins Engineers, Inc., an underwater and water resource engineering consultancy. Mr. Browne is a registered Professional Engineer in several states across the nation and he has been diving for over 27 years in U.S. Territory Waters including the Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Furthermore, his international experience includes ocean, coastal, underwater, and marine engineering activities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Mr. Browne obtained his Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University, as well as his Surface-Supplied-Air Commercial Diver Certification by the Association of Diving Contractors International.
Mr. Gulbransen serves as Senior Scientist in Battelle Memorial Institute’s Stony Brook, NY office. He has over 28 years of experience serving federal, state, local and industrial clientele. His primary responsibility is to lead environmental projects by assembling hybrid teams who develop structured, manageable investigations by translating clients’ needs into data quality objectives that can be fulfilled through fieldwork or defensible mining of legacy information systems. Previously, Mr. Gulbransen served as Product Manager and Senior Analyst for Battelle’s Environmental Management Information Systems group where he combined his environmental science training with state-of-the-art decision support system expertise. He holds a Master of Science in Marine Environmental Science from State University of New York, and a Certificate of Special Studies in Management and Administration from Harvard University.
Dr. Jochens is presently Regional Coordinator for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and is a research scientist focusing on the development of coastal ocean observing systems, including processes at the boundary of coastal and open oceans in the Gulf of Mexico. She is a member of numerous professional societies and has served as a member of groups such as: NOAA’s Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Gulf of Mexico Team; NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring Implementation Plan Steering Committee; NOAA's Gulf Hypoxia Stakeholder Committee; Harmful Algal Bloom Working Group, Water Quality Priority Issue Team, Gulf of Mexico Alliance; and has chaired multiple sessions at MTS-IEEE conferences. She has extensive experience in maintenance and enhancement of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association, as well as work to enhance the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Data Portal, building it toward a Regional Operations Center. Dr. Jochens has a Juris Doctor with background specialty in Ocean Law from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Science and doctorate in oceanography from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Klump is currently the Director of the Great Lakes WATER Institute at the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee. He is an active participant in the Great Lakes Observing System, whose research focuses on implementation of Great Lakes Observing System Real‐time Buoy and Vessel of Opportunity Underway Observing Systems. Dr. Klump has experience on numerous professional societies and committees, including serving on the Science and Technology Advisory Committee of the Green Bay Remedial Action Plan (Vice Chair) and as a member of the U.S.‐Canadian International Joint Commission, Council of Great Lakes Research Managers. He is also a board member of the University of Toledo, Lake Erie Center Advisory Board, sits on the NOAA Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) planning group, and was a past member of the Great Lakes Observing System Enterprise Architecture Expert Advisory Panel. Dr. Klump holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a doctorate in Chemical Oceanography from the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Leonard is presently the Chair of the Department of Geography and Geology, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Prior to becoming Chair, she was Director of the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (UNCW). Her area of interest focuses on sediment dynamics and surficial hydrodynamics in an open marine marsh. She has extensive experience implementing the observing and data management subsystems in support of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). She is a member of multiple professional associations, and has received numerous awards and honors in her field. Several of Dr. Leonard’s other relevant activities include participating on the NOAA IOOS Metrics Development working team, chairing the UNCW Climate Change Working Group, sitting on the SECOORA Board of Directors and acting as SECOORA Board Liaison to their Stakeholder Council. Dr. Leonard holds a Master of Science in Geology from Duke University and a Doctorate in Marine Science from the University of South Florida.
Mr. Manley is presently the Senior Director of Business Development for Teledyne Benthos. He is responsible for managing and advancing a diverse product line including deep ocean floatation and instrument housings, geophysical survey systems, remotely operated vehicles, undersea locators, acoustic releases and the industry leading telesonar acoustic modems. Prior to joining Telednye, he worked for Liquid Robotics where he was Senior Director of Scientific and Commercial Business. He was responsible for developing new commercial and scientific programs based around their patented Wave Glider. Between 2002 and 2009 Mr. Manley provided marine technology consulting services, primarily to the Federal Government. As Lead Ocean Engineer at Mitretek Systems and subsequently Senior Research Scientist and Research Leader at Battelle, he supported NOAA, particularly its Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. He was the founding Chair of the NOAA-wide AUV Working Group and led that team in its efforts to increase awareness and application of AUVs in the agency. Mr. Manley is a Senior Member of IEEE and co-chairs the Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMV) committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Oceanic Engineering Society. Mr. Manley has served as the Editor of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Journal. He is currently the Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for MTS. Mr. Manley holds a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Ragster currently serves the University of the Virgin Islands as Professor of Marine Biology in the Eastern Caribbean Center. Her areas of professional focus are impacts of climate change on public health issues and assisting institutions and governments to identify and implement appropriate natural resource management responses to climate variability and change in tropical communities. Dr. Ragster served as President of the University of the Virgin Islands from August 2002 through July 2009. During her tenure as President, Dr. Ragster’s leadership and commitment to excellence was recognized by those both at home and abroad, including being named Person of the Year by Rotary in the Virgin Islands and being honored by the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund with an Award of Excellence. Dr. Ragster has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Environment Program, and as a member of the National Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. During her career, she has focused on the role of natural resources in resource management and development, produced programs for the training of faculty and resource managers, and developed curriculum materials to teach natural resource management at the university level in the Caribbean. Dr. Ragster holds a Master of Science degree in Biology from San Diego State University, and a Doctorate in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.
Mr. MacDonald is currently Director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University. The Institute is a University-based think tank that serves as a forum for addressing key coastal and ocean policy challenges at the state, regional and national level; supporting interdisciplinary science and research that supports coastal and ocean decision-making and a better informed public; and, builds on the University’s emerging strengths in environmental, and watershed management and socio-economic studies related to coasts and oceans. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Coastal States Organization, where he influenced Congressional consideration of and funding for important coastal and marine legislation and regulations, as well as influenced national policy through coordination of state comments on the report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the President’s U.S. Ocean Action Plan. Mr. Macdonald also represented state interests on the Department of Transportation’s Interagency Task Force on the Future of the Marine Transportation System, and worked to develop a policy framework for offshore marine aquaculture. Mr. Macdonald also worked as Special Counsel and Director of Environmental Affairs for the American Association of Port Authorities. Mr. Macdonald holds a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.
Mr. Ostrander is a scientist and administrator with more than a decade of experience conducting environmental research, managing science and research programs, and developing and leading collaborative enterprises to better understand the ocean and its impact on the safety, economy, and health of coastal populations.
Mr. Ostrander has conducted oceanographic, marine biology, and aquatic toxicology research in the Bahamas, the Great Plains of the United States, California, Hawaii, and numerous locations in the central, western, and south Pacific. He has published over twenty peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, and other articles and given over fifty invited talks covering topics as diverse as economic theory, armed conflict, oceanography, physics, and information management. Mr. Ostrander studied cultural geography and armed conflict at the United States Military Academy at West Point, political theory at the Johns Hopkins University, and physical oceanography at the University of Hawaii. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2001, after serving with decoration and distinction. Most recently, Mr. Ostrander served as the inaugural Director of the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS).
Mr. Ostrander currently serves on the Boards of the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), the National Federation of Regional Associations for Coastal and Ocean Observing, the Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System, as well as the Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). He has served as an advisor to numerous academic, federal, state, and community organizations, including the Office of the Governor of Guam, the Hawaii Office of Planning, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument, the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.
Dr. Pidgeon is currently the Director of the Marine Climate Change Program for Conservation International (CI). During her tenure with CI she has lead development, implementation and management of a marine climate change conservation program for a large non-governmental organization. She was responsible for institutional policy on ocean and climate change which provides a foundation for organizational advising and support of national governments in their in-country adaptation policy and in their policy approaches to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other multi-lateral negotiations. Dr. Pidgeon was the technical advisor for a diverse international marine conservation team, providing technical expertise and consultation on a broad spectrum of ocean science and engineering to conservation field programs and partners globally including the tourism, oil and gas, and cruise line industries. She has also lead and supported diverse fundraising efforts from sources including international development agencies (Global Environment Fund, U.S. Agency for International Development), government, foundations and individuals. Prior to CI, Dr. Pidgeon worked at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where her research focused on internal tides in the ocean, integrated into a long term field study of the coastal shelf environments on the Pacific coast of North America. She is a member of several professional societies. Dr. Pidgeon holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Water Resources and a Doctorate in Civil & Environmental Engineering both from Stanford University.
Dr. Terrill is the Director of the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His areas of interest are on applied ocean sciences and technology development, air-sea interaction processes, and acoustical oceanography. In addition to his role as Director, Dr. Terrill has served as a member on the National Science Foundation Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Networks workshop steering committee and the State of California Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program, executive committee. He was the technical director for the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS). He was co-principal investigator for federal and state funding for the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, and scientific liaison to local agencies and conservancies in assisting with local coastal environmental issues. Dr. Terrill has been a member of the Acoustical Oceanography Technical committee for the Acoustical Society of America, and grant reviewer for ocean energy related proposals to the California Energy Small Grant Program. Dr. Terrill has a doctorate in physical oceanography and applied ocean sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
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IOOS Advisory Committee members are sworn in by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction
IOOS Vision (draft) (pdf)
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