The TOS Council Election


In accordance with The Oceanography Society’s bylaws, the terms of the following Council members expire this year. Alan Mix (current President) moves to the position of Past President, and Susan Lozier (Past president), Dennis McGillicuddy (At-Large), Richard Murray (Geological Oceanography) and Stefanie Mack (Student Representative) rotate off of the Council. The Oceanography Society thanks these Council members for their time, dedication, concern and valuable contributions to the organization. Candidates have been identified for each of the positions available, and brief biographical sketches for each of the candidates appear below.

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 Council election is being conducted electronically. All TOS members with email addresses in the membership database will receive an email message 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, 2019 (11:59 EST).


Samantha (Mandy) Joye
Mandy Joye is an educator, a deep ocean explorer, and an ocean and environmental advocate. She holds the Athletic Association Distinguished Professorship in Arts and Sciences and is a Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. She received her B.Sc. degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987 and her Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the same institution in 1993. She is an expert in ​​environmental microbiology and geochemistry. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on ​deep water habitats and extreme ​environments and tracks the cycling and fate of ​hydrocarbons, nutrients, sulfur, metals, and trace gases. Her current work examines process-oriented dynamics and biogeochemistry in the Gulf of Mexico, along the North American Atlantic Margin, and in the Gulf of California. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and is a member of the American Academy for Microbiology. She joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1997, having served briefly as an assistant professor of oceanography at Texas A&M. She was awarded a sabbatical fellowship at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst, Germany, where she served as a visiting professor at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, in 2002-03. She is committed to advancing science communication and ocean literacy and uses novel platforms and approaches to make a difference in that regard. Return to top.

Andone C. Lavery
Andone Lavery is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). She graduated with a BA Honors in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1991 and a MMath (Master of Mathematics) in applied mathematics and theoretical physics also from Cambridge University in 1992. After receiving her Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1999, she completed a WHOI Postdoctoral Scholarship and ONR Ocean Acoustics Postdoctoral Fellowship, until she joined the faculty at WHOI in 1999. She is an acoustical oceanographer and her research focuses on the development and use of acoustic techniques to better understand ocean ecosystems and the physical oceanography forcing these ecosystems. Lavery has been the recipient of the 2014 Acoustical Society of America Medwin Prize, was selected by The Oceanography Society as the 2017 recipient of the Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea, was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award, and was named a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2015. Lavery has been the Applied Ocean Science and Engineering Education Coordinator at WHOI since 2014 and has been the recipient of the WHOI Doherty Chair in Education and the Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching from Cornell University. Over the years, Lavery’s professional service includes being the Chair of the Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee at the Acoustical Society of America, Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters, and has served on the nominations committee, membership committee, and the Strategic Plan Task Force committee at the Acoustical Society of America. Lavery has been a member of TOS since 2002 and looks forward to serving the society in its goals of increasing and diversifying membership, advancing education and outreach, continuing to solidify the financial structure of the society, disseminating knowledge to the general public, managers, and policy makers for better stewardship of the ocean, and communicating the excitement and importance of the next wave in ocean exploration. Return to top.


Mona Behl
Mona Behl serves as the associate director of NOAA’s Sea Grant Program at the University of Georgia (UGA), where she also holds public service and academic appointments. An innovative leader with a broad programmatic vision, Behl is responsible for providing administrative and financial leadership to Georgia Sea Grant (GASG). This includes developing GASG’s strategic plan; directing its research and education portfolios; building partnerships; and demonstrating the relevance and impact of Sea Grant’s work in Georgia.
    Behl is an award-winning teacher who is committed to transforming education by developing innovative programs for a diverse range of audiences. She provides leadership to the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Early Career Leadership Academy (ECLA), a leadership training experience for early career scientists working in weather, water, and climate science professions. She also serves as chair of Sea Grant’s Research Coordinators Network, chair of AMS Board on Women and Minorities (BWM), member of AMS Committee on Coastal Environment, member of AMS Board on Continuing Professional Development, and member of the Predictability, Predictions, and Applications Interface panel of the U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Program.
    Prior to her current position, Behl directed Texas Sea Grant’s research program from 2013-2015, and worked as a Visiting Fellow with the AMS Policy Program from 2012-2013. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Florida State University, and B.S. and M.S. in Physics (Honors) from Panjab University (India).
    Behl keenly looks forward to serving TOS. She is particularly interested in creating career enhancement opportunities for early-career scientists; career transition/support opportunities for mid-career professionals; and strengthening exchange between ocean science research and end-user communities. Behl’s career profile was featured in June 2013 issue of OceanographyReturn to top.

Richard Crout
Richard Crout is a Supervisory Oceanographer within the Oceanography Division at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS.  Prior to this position, he was an oceanographer at NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center where he led the Mission Control Center.  He was also a Principal Investigator at Planning Systems Incorporated, where he supported the Naval Research Laboratory on remote sensing projects and the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, where he supported the Satellite Programs Office.  He received a BS in Marine Sciences from the University of South Carolina (1976) and Masters (1978) and PhD (1983) in Marine Science from the Louisiana State University.  As Adjunct Faculty to the University of Southern Mississippi, he designed and taught classes in Data Assimilation and Remote Sensing for Hydrographers. His research interests include satellite oceanography, coastal altimetry, coastal oceanography, and in-water optics.  His current research focuses on comparisons of in situ optical data to satellite-derived ocean color data and its applications.  In addition to being a charter member of TOS, he is a long time member of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Marine Technology Society, and the Planetary Society.  He served as a Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting (New Orleans) and 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting (Portland, Oregon) respectively.  His goals as At-Large Councilor are to encourage oceanographic research, education, and outreach, bolster young professional participation in TOS, and insure that TOS continues to represent the ocean sciences community. Return to top.

Cheryl Greengrove
Cheryl Greengrove is an Associate Professor of Geoscience in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS) at University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), where she has served as SIAS Interim Dean/Director for five of the past ten years.  She received her B.S. in Physics from Moravian College (1979) and Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Columbia University (1986) where she did “blue water” oceanography exploring patterns of advection and diffusion in the South Atlantic Ocean.  After graduate school, she taught at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and then went on to work in oceanographic consulting for the next ten years with EG&G Oceanographic Services and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) doing applied oceanographic studies in coastal regions of the northeastern United States, northern California and Alaska.  In 1996, she was hired as one of the first two scientists at the new University of Washington Tacoma campus and charged with building STEM programs within an interdisciplinary context on campus.  In order to more effectively combine teaching and research that involved undergraduates, she moved her research focus to estuarine studies in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, she is working with teams of biological, chemical and geological oceanographers on studying Harmful Algal Blooms in Puget Sound and estuarine processes in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds on the west coast of Vancouver Island. She has also worked on the development of curriculum and pedagogical studies focused on applied, hands-on learning and field activities in the marine environment.  Her favorite activity is taking her students in the field and involving them in hands-on research.  She has been a member of TOS for over 20 years and is also a member of ASLO, CERF, AGU, AMS, NAGT, Sigma Xi and AWG.  Strong scientific organizations are now more important than ever for helping to maintain scientific literacy and educational opportunities for the public and our students.  Cheryl would be honored to serve on the TOS Council and be part of a team that promotes innovative oceanographic research, education and outreach through collaboration and effective communication. Return to top.


Philip (Flip) Froelich
Flip Froelich is an isotope geochemist who gathers data of past ocean climate change from chemical clues preserved in ocean sediments. He also works on cave speleothem recorders of past continental climates. He has spent over 590 days at sea in all the global oceans, including Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) and six expeditions as chief scientist. He has authored over 85 peer-reviewed publications, with cover articles for Nature and Science. He is a Fellow of AAAS and serves on the Board of the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.
    Flip spent a decade at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as Director of Oceans & Climates (LDEO Associate Director), and was then Director of the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech before moving back to FSU’s MagLab. He was an Associate Editor of GCA.  He co-edited a special issue of Marine Geology: “Origin of Marine Phosphorites”. He and John Farrington co-edited the 2014 Oceanography issue “Changing Ocean Chemistry”. He currently serves Oceanography as an Associate Editor.
    Flip’s interest in serving the TOS Council devolves from his previous leadership positions. If elected he would work to: (1) investigate and develop a new business model for Oceanography, including finding avenues to grow our readership and stabilize funding; (2) develop a new non-profit emphasis for the Society to create and grow a donor base supporting a global ocean environmental trust; (3) grow the Society’s membership by continuing to target students and international ocean scientists, and broaden our membership by recruiting more Earth Ocean Scientists. Return to top.

Anthony A.P. Koppers
Anthony Koppers is a Professor in Marine Geology and Geophysics in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR). He received his B.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1987, 1993, 1998 respectively). He was a post doctoral investigator (1998-2003) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography before joining their research faculty as an Assistant/Associate Research Geophysicist (2003-2007). He moved to Corvallis in 2007 and has been on the faculty there for the last 12 years. His research is focused on marine geology and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology to understand the volcanic evolution of the ocean basins in its widest facets, from studying in situ oceanic crust formation to better understanding the evolution of islands arcs to hotspot trails and submarine volcanic oceanic plateaus. His major contributions are in validating the hotspot theory and the mobility of their associated plumes in the Earth’s mantle wind. He has participated in 14 seagoing expeditions, three times as chief scientist. He is director of the 50-years-old OSU Argon Geochronology Laboratory, co-director of the OSU Marine and Geology Repository (OSU-MGR) and lead investigator of the Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC) that provides an online repository for rock and paleomagnetic research data. He was chair of the U.S. Science Advisory Committee for IODP in 2011-2013 and recently he chaired the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (2015-2018). He is member of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society and The Oceanography Society. He was guest editor of the Oceanography special volume “Mountains in the Sea” (2010) and is currently lead guest editor for “Scientific Ocean Drilling: Looking into the Future” (to be published in March 2019). Anthony looks forward to working with the TOS council to encourage the continued investment into marine geology and seagoing research at all levels. He also is a strong advocate for modern-day data storage and reuse in order to make our oceanographic research digitally reproducible into longevity. Return to top.

Amelia E. Shevenell
Amelia E. Shevenell is an Associate Professor of Geological Oceanography at University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science. She received a B.A. in Geology from Hamilton College (1996) and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of California Santa Barbara (2001 and 2004, respectively). In 2005, she became a Program on Climate Change postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington. In 2007, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she was a permanent Lecturer (Assistant Professor with tenure) in Earth Sciences and Geography at University College London. She joined the USF faculty in 2011 and earned tenure in 2017. Her lab maintains an active seagoing research program focused on gathering and generating geochemical records from marine sediments to address questions related to Earth’s Cenozoic climate evolution and relevant to concerns that ongoing climate changes are accelerating polar ice cap melting and global sea level rise. They develop, calibrate, and employ a wide variety of inorganic and organic geochemical and micropaleontologic techniques to reconstruct ocean temperature, circulation, productivity, continental ice volume, and carbon cycling. Her current research interests are divided into three focus areas: 1) Antarctic ice sheet development over the last 50 million years from far-field and ice proximal marine sediment records, 2) the role of the high-latitude oceans in glacial-interglacial carbon cycling, and 3) Antarctic Holocene climate variability. She is actively involved in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), serving on the Science Evaluation Panel, the United States Advisory Committee, and as a Distinguished Lecturer (2014-2015). She was a guest editor of the TOS 2014 supplement Women in Oceanography: A decade later, a member of several NSF panels, and serves on the Antarctic Core Collection Advisory Committee. She looks forward to working with the TOS council to improve diversity in Oceanography and address systems of power that historically minimize underrepresented groups. Return to top.


Christina (Chrissy) Hernandez
Chrissy Hernandez earned her B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University in 2014. By the time she graduated, she knew that she wanted to transition to studying sustainable fisheries. While applying to graduate school, she spent a year working in Portland, Maine at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, where she worked on fisheries data in a changing climate. In 2015, she entered the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, advised by Dr. Joel Llopiz. Chrissy has way too many interests to have a coherent thesis title, but her work broadly focuses on reproduction and early life stages of fishes, and how those parts of the life cycle influence population dynamics. Her favorite empirical tool is the otolith, her favorite modeling tool is the matrix population model, and her favorite study species is the Atlantic bluefin tuna. In addition to her work in the lab, Chrissy is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS), a professional society which aims to support and increase the visibility of women in marine science. Since she joined SWMS, she has helped to oversee the creation of SWMS chapters across the US (and internationally!), the planning of 3 full-day symposiums, and a nascent mentorship program. Chrissy is also passionate about racial diversity and social justice issues in oceanography, and is involved in efforts to make WHOI more welcoming, inclusive, and supportive for people from underrepresented identity groups. Return to top.

Celina Scott-Buechler
Growing up in India and Mexico, Celina Scott-Buechler observed the effects of human-driven environmental change, especially to the ocean, from a young age. Committed to addressing the complexity of these impacts, she graduated with a BA in Marine Science from Cornell University in 2018. Her senior honor’s thesis examined the roles of natural climate variability and anthropogenic forcing on coral bleaching in the Caribbean. The thesis was a continuation of her work as a Summer Student Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in 2017. As an undergraduate, she also worked at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and as part of the Integrated Climate Assessment Consortium. Her work has been recognized with a number of national scholarships: NOAA Hollings Scholarship, Udall Scholarship, and the Truman Scholarship. She is currently pursuing a MS/PhD at Cornell University in Atmospheric Science, focusing on large-scale climate solutions that center on the ocean. She hopes to apply sound science and participatory governance to draw down global emissions and support sustainable development. Her experience in ocean science, international development and equity, environmental policy, energy economics, and effective communication makes her a competent interlocutor between disciplines and stakeholders. Return to top.

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