The Oceanography Society Council

TOS Council Election

The Council is the governing body of the Society. Therefore, voting in this election is an important function of membership. The persons elected will participate in directing the affairs and determining the future of the Society. Each candidate has been advised of the responsibilities and duties of the position for which he/she is standing, and each is prepared to devote the necessary time and attention to conduct the Society’s business.

The Oceanography Society thanks Alan Mix (Past President), Magdalena Andres (Physical Oceanography), Charles Greene (Biological Oceanography), and Carolyn Scheurle (Education) for their time, dedication, and valuable contributions to the organization. These Council members complete their terms next month, and new Councilors will be elected to take their places.

Candidates have been identified for these positions as well as three new Council positions: Early Career, Ocean Data Science, and Ocean Social Science and Policy. Biographical sketches for each of the candidates appear below.

How to Vote

The TOS Council election is being conducted electronically. All TOS members were sent an email message from The Oceanography Society on December 1 at 6:00 pm EST containing a unique ballot link with a random, secret access key. If you are a TOS member and did not receive this message, please contact Jenny Ramarui, TOS Executive Director ( or 301-251-7708) to receive voting instructions. 

All votes must be cast by January 31, 2021 (11:59 EST).

The Candidates

Candidates have been identified for each of the positions available. Brief biographical sketches for each of the candidates appear below. Scroll down to view them all or click on a name to jump to a specific biographical sketch.


Biological Oceanography

Ocean Social Science and Policy

Physical Oceanography

» Femke de Jong
» Amelie Meyer
» LuAnne Thompson


Deborah Bronk

Deborah Bronk is the President and CEO of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. She holds a BS in marine science and biology from the University of Miami (1986), a PhD in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science from the University of Maryland (1992), and was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1993).  In 1994, she joined the faculty of the Department of Marine Science at the University of Georgia where she became a tenured associate professor in 1998.  She moved to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in 2000 where she later served as the chair of the Department of Physical Science. In 2018, she moved to Bigelow in the beautiful state of Maine.

Bronk’s research is all about nitrogen!  Her work ranges from basic research into how organisms take up and produce nitrogen in the ocean to applied questions about the composition and removal of nitrogen from effluent. She has led or participated in over 50 research expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica as well as some very exotic wastewater treatment plants.

In 2008, Bronk was elected president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). From 2012-2015, she served at the National Science Foundation (NSF) ultimately as director of the Division of Ocean Sciences, where she oversaw a budget of $356M and was responsible for programs in Biological, Chemical, and Physical Oceanography, and Marine Geology and Geophysics, and ocean research facilities including the Ocean Observing Initiative, ocean drilling, and NSF use of the US research fleet. In 2018, she served as the chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, an organization that represents over a million scientists across a broad range of disciplines in the US. She currently serves as a member-at-large of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.

Bronk is the recipient of the Lindeman Award, given annually by ASLO, the Antarctic Service Medal, from the US Armed Forces for service in Antarctica, the Dean’s Prize for the Advancement of Women in Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence from the College of William & Mary. In 2015, she was named a Sustaining Fellow of ASLO, and in 2016, VIMS named her the Moses D. Nunnally Distinguished Professor of Marine Science. In 2018, she received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private universities.

Bronk has spent her career in service to the aquatic science community and would welcome the chance to continue that service through TOS. Relative to other sciences like medicine or chemistry, ocean science is small, but the questions we address and the solutions we must find are enormous. She has been a strong advocate for expanding our view broadly to import theory, methods, and approaches from other disciplines. She has also been a strong advocate for diversity in science, not just as a moral issue but as a strategic imperative. Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and we desperately need the collective brain power and passion of all of humanity if we are going to thrive in the future. She believes TOS can play a valuable role in this future by providing venues for scientists to network, to debate, to brainstorm, to recharge, and to inspire each other.

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Charles Greene

Charles Greene is a Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, a Fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and Director of the Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program at Cornell University. He received his BA and PhD degrees in Oceanography from the University of Colorado and University of Washington, respectively, and spent a year as a postdoctoral scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Dr. Greene’s research interests include the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, the ecological dynamics of marine animal populations, ocean-observing technology, and the development of sustainable ocean solutions to the global challenges of climate, energy, and food security.

Dr. Greene has played a leadership role in several areas of ocean research. In 2000, he organized the Marine Ecosystem Responses to Climate In the North Atlantic (MERCINA) working group. The synthesis research conducted by MERCINA revealed that decadal-scale regime shifts in Northwest Atlantic shelf ecosystems can be remotely forced by atmosphere-cryosphere-ocean interactions in the Arctic as well as by changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Dr. Greene and his students have used the oceanographic insights from this research to provide management advice for commercially exploited and protected animal populations in the region, including Atlantic cod and the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

In 2010, Dr. Greene was invited to join the leadership team of a university consortium investigating the potential of marine microalgae for meeting the nutritional and energy demands of an expanding global population. More recently, he was invited to join the Executive Leadership Team of the Ocean Visions Consortium. In that capacity, he is chairing a task force that is exploring the feasibility of expanding marine aquaculture to sustainably intensify global food production.

Throughout his career, Dr. Greene has combined his research and teaching interests in ocean science to promote thought-provoking learning experiences for students. The Introduction to Oceanography course that he introduced to Cornell in 1992 has grown to become the largest course taught at the University, with an annual enrollment exceeding a thousand students. Since 1993, Dr. Greene has organized 17 marine bioacoustics field courses, which have trained over 325 students from 32 countries. In 2009, anticipating the need for a growing ocean observing workforce, Dr. Greene initiated the Cornell-WHOI Masters in Ocean Science and Technology Program.

Dr. Greene has contributed to the oceanographic community by serving on numerous national and international committees; however, his dedication to The Oceanography Society (TOS) stands out relative to the others. He is a lifetime member of TOS and has served as an associate editor for Oceanography since 2001, making him the longest serving member of the magazine’s editorial board. Dr. Greene has chaired TOS’s Selection Committees for Fellows twice, in 2017 and 2019, and for the Jerlov Medal in Ocean Optics in 2018. He is just completing a three-year term as the representative for biological oceanography on the TOS Council. In recognition of his contributions to the oceanographic community in research, teaching, and service, Dr. Greene was elected a TOS Fellow in 2008. He was also elected a Sustaining Fellow in the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography in 2016.

Personal Statement: If elected, I will focus on encouraging TOS to become more relevant to the next generation of oceanographers. I want these young student and postdoctoral members engaged so that they can help lead the ocean science community as we look for sustainable ocean solutions to the enormous global challenges confronting humanity. An engaged next generation is essential to the future success of TOS as well as to the sustainability of our ocean planet.

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Biological Oceanography Councilor

The Biological Oceanography Councilor represents the ocean biological science community including disciplines such as biological oceanography, marine ecology, biodiversity, fisheries sciences, benthic ecology, and marine genomics.

Kim Bernard

Kim Bernard is an Associate Professor of Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. She earned a BS Honors in Zoology (2000), and an MS (2002) and PhD (2006) in Marine Biology, from Rhodes University in South Africa. After her PhD, Kim worked as a Science and Data Coordinator at the Elwandle (meaning “sea” in isiXhosa) Node of the South African Environmental Observation Network. While there, she played a pivotal role in establishing South Africa’s first coastal long-term monitoring program and training and mentoring South Africa’s next generation of marine scientists. In 2009, Kim received the bronze award for Best Emerging Young Scientist at the South African L’Oréal Women in Science Awards. Later that year, she took up a Post-Doctoral appointment with Dr. Debbie Steinberg at the Virginia Institute for Marine Science where she spent 2.5 years conducting research through the Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project. In 2013, Kim was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian Top 200 South Africans for her contributions to the field of marine science. That year, she was hired as an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University where she has recently been promoted to Associate Professor. Kim is a zooplankton ecologist and biological oceanographer, and her research focuses on the role that zooplankton play in pelagic food webs and biogeochemical cycles. Central to her work is the fundamental question – How does natural and anthropogenic environmental change alter zooplankton ecology and thus the structure and function of pelagic ecosystems and services? Kim’s research is empirical and hypothesis-driven, and she makes use of a wide range of experimental and observational techniques. Her work relies primarily on quantitative data collected during long field campaigns spent at sea (64 weeks total) or remote field stations (29 months at Palmer Station, Antarctica), and she has served as Station Science Leader and Chief Scientist on several of these expeditions. Much of Kim’s work has been part of large multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research projects and she finds working at the intersection between different fields of oceanography extremely rewarding. In 2018, Kim was awarded one of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Early Career Grants for her research on Antarctic krill. She is currently an executive member of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) Krill Action Group, served on the Subcommittee of the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Advisory Committee on the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Research Vessel Procurement (2018-2019), and on the editorial board of Nature Scientific Reports (2016-2018). Kim has been a TOS member for several years and has participated in a number of Ocean Sciences Meetings. She is excited about the opportunity to serve the global oceanographic community as a TOS Councilor for Biological Oceanography, and looks forward to working with TOS leadership to enhance international collaborations, increase opportunities for students and researchers from underrepresented groups, support early career scientists, and contribute to outreach and education initiatives aimed at increasing public ocean literacy.

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Katherine Mills

Dr. Katherine Mills is a Research Scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. She earned her Ph.D. in Natural Resources at Cornell University. As a quantitative fisheries ecologist, Kathy studies: (1) how oceanographic and ecosystem conditions are changing; (2) how these changes affect fish populations, biological communities, and marine fisheries; and (3) how fisheries and fishing communities can effectively respond. Much of her work is interdisciplinary and integrates climate, oceanographic, ecological, and socio-economic information to link ecosystem changes to societal outcomes and inform climate adaptation planning.  Kathy is a Pew Marine Fellow and is currently leading an international working group on Climate Resilient Fisheries. She has also contributed to climate policy-relevant efforts through participation in the 4th National Climate Assessment and the Maine Climate Council’s Coastal and Marine Working Group.  As the Biological Oceanography councilor, Kathy will bring a broad perspective on scientific directions and applications of oceanography to help shape TOS’s strategies and the future of ocean science.  She also looks forward to working with TOS leadership to advance its JEDI initiatives and support early career scientists.

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Early Career Councilor

The Early Career Councilor represents the needs of early career ocean professionals and communicates opportunities across all areas of engagement of the TOS family.

Logan Brenner

Logan Brenner (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Barnard College in New York City. She received her BA in Geosciences from Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) in 2012 and a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University (NYC, NY) in 2017. Logan is a paleoceanographer primarily studying geochemical climate proxies in coral skeletons to reconstruct sea surface temperature and hydroclimate at various sites throughout the Pacific Ocean. Logan is involved in various interdisciplinary groups at Barnard College, including one exploring the cascading impacts of Redlining as they pertain to modern health inequities, access to green space, and heat vulnerability. She is also a contributor to the CoralHydro2k PAGES project and regularly volunteers with BioBus, a mobile lab whose mission is to help minority, female, and low-income K-12 and college students pursue science. Logan is currently the TOS early career representative on the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting Planning Committee.

As the Early Career Council Member, Logan will speak out on behalf of early career scientists to make sure that their concerns are addressed and ideas are taken seriously.  She will work with the TOS JEDI committee to provide opportunities to engage in meaningful DEI activities with resources that scientists can bring to their institutions. Logan wants to develop a committee that addresses the impacts of COVID-19 on research and specifically supports early career scientists in addressing this major hurdle in their professional progress. Finally, she will promote community building initiatives for early career scientists and will create remote environments that offer peer to peer interaction and ensure there are lively workshops for early career researchers at each conference. Logan is looking forward to working with TOS leadership and members on these and other initiatives.

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Hilary Palevsky

Dr. Hilary Palevsky is a marine biogeochemist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College. Her research combines field measurements at sea, autonomous sensor data, satellite observations, and global climate model simulations to investigate how the ocean’s biological carbon pump and role in the global carbon cycle. Prior to her current position at Boston College, Dr. Palevsky earned her Ph.D. in Oceanography and a Graduate Certificate in Climate Science at the University of Washington, completed a Postdoctoral Scholarship in Marine Chemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and taught at Wellesley College and The Evergreen State College. Dr. Palevsky looks forward to working with TOS leadership to support early career scientists across a range of career paths within oceanography, and to improve equity and inclusion and reduce barriers facing minoritized groups across all career stages.

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Erin Satterthwaite

Erin Satterthwaite is the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) coordinator and extension specialist with California Sea Grant and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Erin completed a PhD in Ecology at the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in Biology at Juniata College. She was previously a California Sea Grant State Fellow with the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and a postdoctoral scholar with NCEAS and Future Earth through the PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability partnership. She is a marine ecologist who works at the interface of applied marine research, stakeholder engagement, and science communication to advance ocean knowledge for sustainability. She works on ocean sustainability research related to ecosystem oceanography, marine biodiversity, fisheries and mariculture, social-ecological systems, citizen science, and ocean observing systems. She works with local, state, national, and international partners to identify priority needs for ocean observing and monitoring off the coast of California in order to understand effects of climate change and human induced changes on coastal communities. She is passionate about engaging early career ocean professionals in applied research, community engagement, and policy processes. As such, she has provided trainings for early career professionals on practical skills to bridge science and policy and has been working with international organizations to more formally develop the role of early career professionals within their formal structure.  She is excited to connect early career ocean professionals from many different sectors of society interested in marine related disciplines from around the world and looks forward to representing early career ocean professionals within the TOS family.

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Education Councilor

The Education Councilor represents the ocean education community including aspects such as ocean education curricula, ocean literacy, school programs, and the engagement of young minds.

Sara Harris

Sara Harris is a Professor of Teaching in the department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, the Associate Dean Academic for the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a 3M National Teaching Fellow. She started her exploration of oceanography due to an amazing mentor she had as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, who encouraged her to do a summer internship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  She then went to Oregon State University for her PhD in oceanography, worked with wonderful mentors there doing paleoceanographic research, and had the chance to go to sea with the Ocean Drilling Program.  After graduate school, she spent seven years as a chief scientist at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where she studied modern oceans and sailed thousands of miles with undergraduate students.

At UBC, from 2007-2017, she was a Departmental Director for the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, a major effort to improve undergraduate learning in science by implementing evidence-based, student-focused pedagogy.  Sara’s current research explores how people learn climate science.  She co-designed and taught the first (as far as she knows) MOOC about climate change in which she collaborated with a policy expert to merge learning about climate science, impacts and policy.  Later, she turned the science portion into another free course on called “Climate Change: The Science”.  She is co-author of “Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice”, for which the 2nd edition will be published in 2021.

In her current role as Associate Dean Academic, Sara is involved in addressing issues of equity and inclusion in science, particularly for undergraduate students.  She is interested in how we can collaboratively create systems in which everyone is equitably supported to succeed, at all stages of a scientific career.  She would look forward to engaging with The Oceanography Society Council to make the discipline more inclusive and welcoming for a broader range of people, in order to better advance oceanographic science.

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Janice McDonnell

Janice McDonnell is the Science Agent in the Department of Youth Development at Rutgers University where she focuses on developing and implementing high quality STEM programs for young people.  As part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the Department of Youth Development focuses on providing experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids experience 4-H in every county and parish in the country—through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4-H camps. A network of 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 professionals provides supportive mentoring to all 6 million youth participating in 4-H.

Janice’s background is in marine sciences and has been a marine science educator in the Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences for more then twenty years. For ten years (2002-2012), she was the lead Investigator for the National Science Foundation’s Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence Networked Ocean World (COSEE-NOW), where the goal was to help scientists and educators work together to better communicate with others about the ocean.  She is one of the co-authors of the Broader Impacts Wizard, developed as part of COSEE NOW and recently revised and updated by the Center – Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS).  As a Co-PI on the ARIS Center, she is developing training modules for early career researchers and fellow Broader Impacts professionals.  In addition, Janice also supports Rutgers University researchers in developing Broader Impact plans for their NSF proposals. Janice looks forward to working with TOS leadership to encourage effective partnerships between educators and researchers; to develop opportunities for early career scientists to develop projects that engage a broad community in science; and work to increase the public’s ocean literacy through TOS initiatives.

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Ocean Data Science Councilor

The Ocean Data Science Councilor represents the ocean data science community including disciplines such as informatics, ocean data sciences, interoperability, big-data, data visualization, and data sharing.

Pier Luigi Buttigieg

Pier Luigi Buttigieg ( is a Digital Knowledge Steward and Senior Data Scientist at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. His professional mission is to use data science to bridge our increasingly digitised ocean community across science, operations, policy, and society.

Pier Luigi completed a BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University Bremen (2007), before transitioning to bioinformatics and data science during his MSc (2009) and PhD (2012) at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology. His post-doctoral work at the Alfred Wegener Institute and MARUM Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences focused on structuring, mobilising, and analysing high-dimensional (meta)genomic data to investigate marine microbial life. In 2018, he was charged with leading the Global Ocean Observing System’s (GOOS) Microbial Essential Ocean Variable (EOV) to mainstream emerging observational networks in microbial oceanography. Concurrently, he researched and developed operational-grade and internationally adopted knowledge representation technologies for ecology, planetary science, and – in collaboration with UN Environment – the Sustainable Development Goals.

He now focuses on developing distributed and interoperable digital systems for the Earth and Environment Hub of the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration. To globalise this effort, he also leads the technical implementation of the Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) and the Ocean InfoHub Project, both under the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). In these latter roles, he is co-leading the deployment of the IODE Ocean and Data Information System (ODIS) to enable regional stakeholders to co-develop a digital commons for the global ocean, in alignment with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. He serves on several other regional and international advisory boards, supporting the growth of a diverse but harmonised digital ocean ecosystem. He looks forward to supporting The Oceanography Society as it charts its course through the transformative technical and cultural dimensions of the digital revolution.

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Vicki Ferrini

Dr. Vicki Ferrini is a Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. She received a B.A. with a dual major in Geology-Biology and Biology from Colby College (1995), an M.S. in Marine Environmental Science from Stony Brook University (1998), and a Ph.D. in Coastal Oceanography from Stony Brook University (2004).  Her research interests are at the intersection of seabed characterization and geoinformatics, and most of her career has focused on making marine geoscience data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).

Dr. Ferrini’s geoinformatics work is primarily focused on curating marine geophysical data products and complementary data related to understanding the formation and evolution of the seafloor and the sub-seafloor. She is the Director of the Marine Geoscience Data System, a trusted data repository that provides free public access to a curated collection of ~100 TB of global marine geoscience data acquired by a diverse community of scientists. She also works on several projects related to making high-quality seabed mapping data publicly available. She co-leads the Multibeam Advisory Committee, which focuses on consistent calibration of mapping systems in the US Academic Research Fleet and the development and open sharing of best practices for data acquisition. She also co-leads the Global Multi-Resolution Topography Synthesis, which offers free public access to a multi-resolution global digital elevation model with a curatorial focus on bathymetry data from multibeam sonars. She is the Head of the Regional Center for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans as part of the Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, which aspires to completely map the ocean by the year 2030.

Vicki served two-terms as a member of the Deep Submergence Science Committee (DESSC), is currently a member of the GEBCO Guiding Committee, and is Chair of GEBCO’s SubCommittee on Regional Undersea Mapping (SCRUM).  She is also member of NOAA’s National Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, and a member of the external advisory board for the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations. Vicki was the recipient of an ESRI Special Achievement in GIS award in 2019.

Vicki has participated in mapping expeditions around the world using both ships and submersibles for data acquisition, and she has done so as a scientist, data manager, and member of technical operations teams.  She is passionate about ensuring that data resources are broadly accessible and is keen to find efficiencies that leverage and connect distributed data management efforts around the world. She is especially interested in geospatial data integration, user interfaces and data interoperability. Vicki looks forward to the opportunity of bringing her perspectives and knowledge about domain science and geoinformatics to the TOS Council, and is excited about building bridges and connections between data and communities.

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Pierre Lermusiaux

Pierre Lermusiaux is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Science and Engineering at MIT, and, since July 2018, Associate Department Head for Research and Operations in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (1992), the Wallace Prize at Harvard (1993), the Ogilvie Young Investigator Lecture in Ocean Eng. at MIT (1998), and the MIT Doherty Chair in Ocean Utilization (2009-2011). In 2010, the School of Engineering at MIT awarded him with the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has made outstanding contributions in data assimilation and Bayesian estimation, as well as in ocean modeling and uncertainty predictions. His research thrusts include understanding and modeling complex physical and interdisciplinary oceanic dynamics and processes. With his group, he creates, develops and utilizes new mathematical models and computational methods for ocean predictions and dynamical diagnostics, for optimization and control of autonomous ocean systems, for uncertainty quantification and prediction, and for data assimilation, Bayesian inference, and machine learning. He has participated in many national and international sea exercises. He is presently leading several collaborative research efforts on novel Bayesian and machine learning for ocean dynamics and engineering. He has served on numerous committees and organized major meetings. He is associate editor of three journals and has more than 140 refereed publications.

Pierre has been a member of The Oceanography Society (TOS) since 1999 and he looks forward to giving back to TOS, nationally and internationally. He plans to help disseminate knowledge in data science and machine learning, and to promote research and educational meetings, activities, and fruitful collaborations in learning and inference across all ocean disciplines. Oceanography is a field based on observations and modeling, and our ocean data science community is ready for major advances, from new data management and visualization to machine-learned discoveries, autonomy, and intelligent systems. He also hopes to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in ocean research, education, and industry, and to help early career researchers in ocean data science.

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Ocean Social Science and Policy Councilor

The Ocean Social Science and Policy Councilor represents the ocean social science community broadly defined including disciplines such as law of the sea, marine social sciences, ocean resource economics, marine policy, and marine environmental ethics.

Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger

Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger has a PhD by the Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Society at the Center for Environmental Studies (NEPAM), State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Graduated in Oceanography (University of Vale do Itajaí, Santa Catarina) and Master in Conservation (University College London, United Kingdom), postdoctoral fellow at the Oceanographic Institute of the State University of São Paulo (2017- May/2020). Develops projects and initiatives in four main lines of education-research-extension, including: i) ocean governance and analysis of socio-ecological systems; ii) entrepreneurship in coastal and marine knowledge-action networks; iii) educommunication, environmental education and socio-environmental citizenship and; iv) ethnoecology and marine ethnoconservation. He acts as advisor or advisor to various governmental and non-governmental organizations, Brazilian and international, and on the editorial board or as an expert on several scientific journals belonging to the broad field of coastal management. Leopoldo is actively involved in building knowledge networks on the Brazilian coast, using varied media tools and inter- and transdisciplinary action research methodologies to contribute to the evolution of new types of voluntary engagement aimed at improving ocean governability at multiple levels. He is currently involved in a project with the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers to understand the necessary strategies needed to address the inequities associated with blue growth/economy discourse and practice in Latin America. He is also the coordinator of the Brazilian Ocean Horizon program (2018-2022 – which capacitates early career ocean researchers and professionals to bridge gaps in the ocean science-policy interface in Brazil (see If elected, he looks forward to working with The Oceanography Society leadership to expand its constituency and activities to improve representation of social sciences and policy profiles interfacing with the oceanographic profession.

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Di Jin

Di Jin is a Senior Scientist at the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).  He has been at WHOI since 1991, after obtaining his Ph.D. in Economics-Marine Resources and a master’s degree in Marine Affairs (1987), both from the University of Rhode Island.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1982. Dr. Jin specializes in the economics of marine resources management and marine industries.  He has substantial research experience with the commercial fishing and aquaculture industries, the offshore oil and gas industry, the marine transportation industry, and coastal management problems. His research interests include developing integrated economic and ecological models and integrated economic and geological models.  He currently serves as the specialty chief editor, Marine Affairs and Policy, Frontiers in Marine Science. If elected, he looks forward to working with The Oceanography Society leadership to enhance transdisciplinary research and education on coupled natural and human systems, to identify policy relevant research areas, and to facilitate science-based decision making.

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Physical Oceanography Councilor

The Physical Oceanography Councilor represents the ocean physics community including disciplines such as physical oceanography, ocean acoustics, ocean circulation, physical ocean climate, and air-sea exchanges.

Femke de Jong

Femke de Jong is a sea-going physical oceanographer focusing on the circulation and deep convection in the northern North Atlantic. After a MSc in climate physics (2004, Utrecht University, NL) and a doctorate (2010) at Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) she spent time at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a postdoctoral scholar (2011-2014) and at Duke University as a research scientist (2014-2017). She now has her own group in the department of Ocean Systems at the NIOZ. She is a PI in the OSNAP (Overturning of the Subpolar North Atlantic Program) through the EU H2020 Blue-Action project and has a Dutch Vidi grant (2018) investigating the impact of increasing freshwater fluxes on deep convection. While in the US, she was a co-chair and chair of the observing task team within the US AMOC Science Team (2015-2017) and she is currently part of the strategic committee on Dutch Polar research 2021-2025. Femke is also active in public outreach, from visiting high schools as a female STEM role model to collaborating with artists. She looks forward to working with the TOS council to increase diversity in the field and to improve ocean literacy outside of it.

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Amelie Meyer

Amelie Meyer is a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, based at the University of Tasmania (Australia). A physical oceanographer, Amelie works on ocean and climate system interactions in polar regions and impacts on the marine system as a whole.

Amelie did an undergraduate and Masters in Oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre (UK). In 2014, she graduated with a PhD in Physical Oceanography at the University of Tasmania (Australia) and then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø (Norway). Amelie joined the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes in 2018 and will start a Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship in 2021.

Amelie’s key contributions have been through her ongoing research in the Arctic highlighting the increasing role of the ocean on sea ice decline. She has also made significant contributions to the field of ocean turbulence through her work in the Southern Ocean. Amelie is contributing to assessments on ocean adaptation and mitigation and ocean literacy as part of ‘Future Seas’, an interdisciplinary UN Ocean Science Decade collaborative project.

Passionate about observational data, Amelie has spent 185 days at sea and on sea ice. Amelie is a strong advocate for science communication and outreach. To recognize her outstanding contribution to research and science communication, Amelie was awarded the 2109 Tasmanian Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science. Amelie Meyer was also nominated for the 2019 IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal and the 2020 J G Russell Award at the Australia Academy of Science.

Amelie generously contributes her time and effort to the research community and engages with research committees on topics such as mentoring, diversity and equity, science communication and science strategy planning. She is the chair and member of several committees and advisory groups. A member of TOS since 2013, Amelie looks forward to working with the TOS Council to encourage interdisciplinary research, support early career researchers and promote international cooperation to better foster global oceanography and ocean sciences.

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LuAnne Thompson

LuAnne Thompson received her B.S. in Physics from the University of California at Davis, M.A. in Physics from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/MIT Joint Program.  She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington, and she joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1993.  She is currently the Walters Professor of Oceanography, Adjunct Professor in Physics and  Atmospheric Sciences and is an affiliate of the University of Washington e-Science Institute.  She is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.  She has advised twelve students to their PhDs in the departments of Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences and Physics.  She served as Director of the University of Washington Program on Climate Change for seven years and implemented the Graduate Certificate in Climate Sciences that is available to graduate students across the entire campus.  In addition to offering courses on the fundamentals of climate science, the program includes training on communicating climate science to a variety of audiences.  Her research focuses on the role that the oceans play in climate variability and change. She uses models and satellite observations to explore the controls of variations in ocean circulation, biogeochemical properties, and air-sea interaction.  She was a member of the CLIVAR Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation Science Team and is a member of the NASA Ocean Surface Topography Science Team.  She helped to found MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention) and has continued to be involved in their mentoring programming.  She has published several studies that focus on the demographics of our field.  She currently serves of the Chair of the Diversity Committee in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington.  As a TOS Councilor, she would look forward to facilitating conversations and activities that support the equity, inclusion and diversity of the oceanographic community.

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