NSTA Virtual Conference

The Dynamic Ocean: Changes and Impacts


Nicholas Bond Nicholas Bond
Most past research involves the collection and analysis of low-level atmospheric observations over the ocean, based on special field measurements from moored buoys and aircraft. Notable examples have involved documenting the effects of the terrain along the U.S. West Coast on landfalling storms during the winter.

A majority of the current work is under the broad umbrella of the Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigation. Here the focus has been on the variability in climate and atmospheric forcing of the Bering Sea, and topographical effects on coastal winds in Alaska. Bond has a BS in Physics from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.

Mark Eakin Mark Eakin
A coral reef specialist, with a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Miami, Dr. Eakin is Coordinator of NOAA's Coral Reef Watch program, an effort focused on the monitoring of coral reef ecosystems through satellite, in situ, and paleoenvironmental observations. In particular, Coral Reef Watch is a part of the NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research and uses NOAA satellite data to monitor environmental conditions that lead to coral bleaching. From 2000-2005, Eakin was Director of the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology in Boulder, CO. Dr. Eakin has published on various topics in coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change and other disturbance on coral reefs.

Laura Francis Laura Francis
Laura Francis is education coordinator at NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. She has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of ocean science and education. Francis leads a variety of projects and programs including professional development for teachers and creating education and outreach materials designed to increase ocean awareness and stewardship. Recently Francis has worked on developing regional and national education and communication strategies and resources on the topic of ocean acidification. She earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Zoology and her Masters at UC Santa Barbara in Deep Sea Biology.

Molly Harrison Molly Harrison
Molly Harrison is the stewardship project coordinator for the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) where she helps educators build climate science knowledge to develop and execute experiential stewardship projects with their audiences. She has been an educator for 22 years in both the Maryland public school systems and the Federal Government. Prior to working with CSEP, she worked as education and outreach coordinator for protected marine species and served as the National Education Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries Service. She received her bachelors of business administration in International Business from The George Washington University and her masters of education from Marymount University.

Gretchen Hofmann Gretchen Hofmann
Dr. Gretchen Hofmann is a marine biologist and Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara whose research focuses on the responses of marine species to future ocean change such as ocean acidification and ocean warming. Working in places as diverse as the coastal oceans of California and Antarctica, Dr. Hofmann and her lab group are trying to understand whether and how marine species can adapt to future changes in the ocean.

Dr. Hofmann is committed to communicating her research results with groups that make decisions about ocean change in California. She has served as a U.S. delegate to the IPCC Workshop on Ocean Acidification in Okinawa Japan and contributed to the National Research Council’s recent report and recommendations on ocean acidification policy in the Third National Climate Assessment.

Bruce Moravchik Bruce Moravchik
Bruce Moravchik coordinates NOAA Climate Stewards, a national program which provides formal and informal educators sustained professional development in climate science and pedagogy, so they can build a climate-literate public actively engaged in climate stewardship. An education specialist in NOAA’s National Ocean Service, he develops original content and problem-based learning initiatives which convey NOAA’s research, technology, and activities. Bruce has taught at the high school and university level in Rhode Island, oceanography on tall ships in the Caribbean, and researched coral reefs in the Red Sea.

Marlies Tumolo Marlies Tumolo
Marlies Tumolo is an education specialist for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries where she develops formal and informal educational programs that teach ocean and climate literacy and promote stewardship. Tumolo earned a B.A. in Child Development and a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. After graduation she spent five years teaching early elementary school in Mexico and Thailand. Tumolo is a certified NOAA diver who loves exploring the ocean and sharing her excitement for the marine world with those around her.

Margie Turrin Margie Turrin
Margie Turrin, is Education Coordinator at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory where she develops and runs science education projects for groups from informal community education, to K12 and undergraduate students. Her projects and publications range from engaging students and the public in the polar regions, understanding our Earth and environment, human interactions and impacts on their environment, Hudson River education, biodiversity, mapping and spatial skills assessments.

Michael Whitney Michael Whitney
Dr. Michael Whitney is Associate Professor of Marine Science at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on the physical dynamics of estuarine and coastal systems. Whitney studies how currents and density fields respond to winds, surface heat flux, tides, and buoyant river inputs. Much of Whitney’s research involves adapting hydrodynamic models to construct simulations and idealized process models. The realistic simulations are powerful tools for describing flow fields, diagnosing physical dynamics, and predicting circulation in coastal and estuarine waters. The idealized process models are well-suited to isolating forcing-response relationships and generalizing findings. Dr. Whitney earned his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware.

Chris Zervas Chris Zervas
Chris Zervas has worked at NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services for 25 years analyzing its wide range of coastal oceanographic data collected over many decades stretching all the way back to the San Francisco tide gauge established in June 1854. He has written comprehensive reports on tidal currents in Tampa Bay, tidal current predictions for US ports, tidal analysis software, storm surges from Hurricane Floyd and Isabel, sea level trends and variations, extreme water levels, and vertical land motion. He created the CO-OPS Sea Levels Trends website in 2003 and the Extreme Water Levels website in 2011. He has a M.S and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

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