Dr. C. Mark Eakin
Dr. Eakin serves as an Oceanographer in the NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications
and Research. 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.
Dr. Eakin has worked for NOAA since 1991. From 2000-2005, Dr. Eakin directed NOAA
Paleoclimatology (part of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center), and was Director
of the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology in Boulder, CO. Prior to that, he
was a program manager for the NOAA Office of Global Programs in Silver Spring, MD,
funding and coordinating research to improve our understanding of climate variability
in the past, how to predict it in the future and the influence of climate variability
and change on our environment.
Dr. Eakin received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Miami
in 1991 specializing in coral reef ecology, especially the impact of El Niño on
eastern Pacific coral reefs. Dr. Eakin’s research is in coral reef ecology and carbonate
budgets, and has performed research on various topics including the effects of disturbance
such as climate change, El Niño and oil spills on coral reefs, and the behavior
of marine organisms. He was heavily involved in developing the International and
U.S. Coral Reef Initiatives and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN).
He recently chaired the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the GCRMN.
In 2004, Dr. Eakin co-chaired a 7 part series of symposia on “Coral Reefs and Global
Change” at the 10th International Coral Reef Symposium in Okinawa and is currently
coordinating collection of data from the 2005 Caribbean coral bleaching event.
Ms. Drinnen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from James Madison University.
She is a certified SCUBA diver and K-4 teacher with two years of classroom experience
and over 13 years of informal education experience at Sea World of Florida and Moody
Gardens in Galveston, Texas. She is currently an Education Specialist for the Flower
Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Texas. Kelly's professional career has
focused primarily on marine education. Her current responsibilities include coordinating
professional development workshops for educators; developing, revising and maintaining
many of the communication tools used to share sanctuary information with the public;
and making presentations to local community organizations. Kelly is also the primary
liaison between the sanctuary and informal organizations, such as aquariums and
zoos, that wish to incorporate sanctuary issues and messages into their exhibits
Kelly comes from a family full of educators and likes to say she has "teaching in
her genes." This, coupled with her love of the ocean, and wildlife in general, led
her to a career in informal education where she gets to share her interests, in
two languages, and meet people from around the world.
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