Eric Lindstrom - (Co-Chair)
Eric Lindstrom is the Chief Scientist at Saildrone and oversees the organization’s new Ocean Observing Network. Previously, Dr. Lindstrom was the Physical Oceanography Program Scientist in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Over the course of his 22 years with NASA, he worked with the QuikSCAT, Jason-2, Jason-3, SWOT and Aquarius satellite missions and was the leader for the Earth Science Division Climate Focus Area. He has degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977) and Physical Oceanography from University of Washington (1983). His scientific interests include the circulation of the ocean and air-sea exchange processes and include extensive experience in both sea-going oceanography and remote sensing. He recently served as Co-chair of the international Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee and Co-chair of the US Interagency Ocean Observations Committee. Recently, as Chair of the Ocean Observation Panel for Climate he helped establish a web site of ocean climate indices (http://ioc-goos-oopc.org/state_of_the_ocean/) and as co-chair of the Task Team for an Integrated Framework for Sustained Ocean Observations completed guidelines for system development entitled “The Framework for Ocean Observing” (http://www.oceanobs09.net/foo/). Eric Lindstrom is recipient of the 2013 American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Award for leadership and service to the ocean science community.
Robert A. Weller - (Co-Chair)
Robert Weller is a Senior Scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he formerly served as director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research and past Chair of the Physical Oceanography Department. His research focuses on atmospheric forcing, surface waves on the upper ocean, prediction of upper ocean variability, and the ocean's role in climate. Dr. Weller has been a pioneer in developing tools and technologies that enable scientists to investigate upper ocean processes on scales from meters to tens of kilometers and with accuracy never before available. Dr. Weller has been on multiple mooring deployment cruises and has practical experience with ocean observation instruments. He served as co-chair of the U.S. Climate Variability and Change (CLIVAR) Scientific Steering Group and a member of the international CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group. He serves on the WMO/IOC international Ocean Observing Panel for Climate and the NOAA Climate Observing System Council and in the past on the Climate Working Group. He co-chaired OceanSITES, an action group under the international Joint Commission on Oceanography and Marine Meteorology, that works to advocate and coordinate sustained time series observations in the global ocean. He has served on several National Academies committees, including the Committee on Implementation of a Seafloor Observatory Network for Oceanographic Research, the Committee for Review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, and the Committee on Utilization of Environmental Satellite Data. He has also co-chaired the Committee on Sustaining Ocean Observations to Understand Future Changes in Earth's Climate and chaired the Committee on Assessment of lntraseasonal to lnterannual Climate Prediction and Predictability. Dr. Weller received his A.B. in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Molly McCammon is the Executive Director of the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), the Alaska regional component of the national Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) based in Anchorage. She is currently treasurer of the IOOS Association, a Consortium for Ocean Leadership trustee, and member of the national Ocean Research Advisory Panel. She is a past member of the National Academies' Polar Research Board and served on the Committee on Designing an Arctic Observing Network.She also served on the initial Advisory Group for the National Academies' Gulf Research Program. In Alaska, Ms. McCammon serves as the Municipality of Anchorage representative to the Cook Inlet Citizens Advisory Council and member of the Alaska Sea Grant Advisory Committee and Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy Steering Committee. Prior to her position at AOOS, she served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, managing the restoration program following the 1989 oil spill. McCammon moved to Alaska in 1973 after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Journalism.
David Millar is Fugro’s Government Accounts Director for the Americas region. Based in the Washington, DC area, Mr. Millar serves as Fugro’s key account manager for the United States government, other national governments within the Americas Region, the United Nations, the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks. In this capacity, he is the primary interface between Fugro’s government customers and all of Fugro’s site characterization and asset integrity service offerings, across both the Land and Marine Divisions. He is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of Fugro’s long term strategic business development with public sector clients within the Americas Region and overseeing Fugro’s collaborative science (with government, academia and NGOs) activities within the Americas Region. Mr. Millar also leads Fugro’s global support of and participation in Seabed 2030 and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. In this capacity, he directs all of Fugro activities related to both Seabed 2030 and The Decade and serves as Fugro’s primary interface to the Nippon Foundation, the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans, the International Hydrographic Organization, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the United Nations. Mr. Millar is also a former Board Member of The Maritime Alliance and bears more than 30 years of ocean mapping, marine geophysical and hydrographic survey experience. He holds a B.Sc. in Math and Physics from Mount Allison University (1988) and a B.Sc.E. in Survey Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (1991).
Jan Newton is a biological oceanographer at the University of Washington, whose primary research interests are productivity and fluxes within estuarine and coastal ocean systems, including how water column structure, climate variation and human-mediated activity affect the resulting ecosystem. She is also the director of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems, a position through which she seeks to bring knowledge of ocean conditions to stakeholders for their use in decision making in myriad contexts, safeguarding public economy, health, and safety. Dr. Newton continues to study multidisciplinary dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington waters with an emphasis now on understanding effects from ocean acidification, marine heat waves, hypoxia, and harmful algal blooms. As an appointee to the Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification and the West Coast Panel on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia, she is now co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at the University of Washington and is researching ocean acidification and its effects in local waters. She is currently Senior Principal Oceanographer at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and she received her MS and Ph.D. (both in Oceanography) from the same institution in 1984 and 1989, respectively.