TOS Council


TOS Council members guide the direction and activities of the Society. Representing the broad range of expertise and experience across the ocean sciences, Council members serve a three-year term and participate in regular conference calls to conduct customary oversight responsibilities such as reviewing financial and other reports as well as developing and implementing new programs.


The Council consists of the President, the President-Elect, and the immediate Past-President, and at least six other Councilors elected by the voting members of the Society.

Scroll down for the full list TOS Council Members and Officers.

Interested in joining the Council? Click on the “JOINING THE COUNCIL” tab below and learn more.


The Council meets on a quarterly basis via video conference. Meetings are also scheduled during the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting.


The TOS Values Statement guides Council activities, and all members abide by the TOS Policy on Professional Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct. All meetings are conducted adhering to “rules of engagement” detailed below.


In addition to the formal TOS Policy, members of this group abide by the following “rules of engagement” (inspired by suggestions from Unlearning Racism in Geoscience deliverables and the Inclusive Scientific Meetings guide prepared by 500 Women Scientists).

1. We strive to dismantle imbalances of power and privilege during our interactions. Such examples include, but are not limited to, imbalanced dynamics that may occur between:

a. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and white committee members
b. Late and early career committee members
c. Those that are comfortable expressing their opinions and those that are not
d. People of different genders and gender identities
e. Members facing audio/visual/mobility challenges and those who do not

2. We strive not to invalidate anyone else’s story with our own spin.

3. We assume that everyone has good intentions and yet that they can still unintentionally hurt others with their statements.

4. During meetings, we strive to be conscious of body language and non-verbal responses that may indicate feelings of disrespect or harm, and we strive to create welcoming and accessible synchronous and asynchronous meeting spaces so that committee members can contribute fully and to the best of their abilities.

5. We recognize and respect that stories, opinions and reflections shared in committee meetings can be very personal and make individuals vulnerable.

6. We agree to maintain confidentiality to protect and value every committee member’s vulnerability. All stories and opinions shared during committee meetings and deliberations cannot be shared, posted, or copied outside the committee without permission by the person who shared the story or opinion.

7. We strive to create a culture of independent decision-making and respectful dissent. To this end, committee members are encouraged to respectfully challenge assumptions and ideas without personal attack, and communicate without being defensive.

8. We are open to being held accountable to our actions and words.

9. We agree that openly and passively aggressive interactions have no place in this committee. This applies to all modes of communication – in person, virtual meetings, email, Slack, etc. Examples include sarcasm, feigned surprise, speaking over others, centering whiteness, or other similar harmful behavior. Anyone engaging in such behavior will be respectfully, but firmly, counseled by any committee member to desist, regroup, and reflect. We agree to pause and address such warning signs.

10. We strive to speak from our own experiences instead of generalizing (i.e. “I” instead of “they”, “we”, “you”)

11. We will strive to listen actively and respect others when they are talking; and to ensure that all individuals have an opportunity to have their voice heard.

12. While we will strive to agree, we recognize that the goal is not agreement, but rather to gain a deeper understanding together.

13. We will remind ourselves of these ground rules at the start of each year.


The Oceanography Society provides opportunities for members to gain valuable leadership experience while supporting the society’s mission and values by election to the TOS Council. We encourage self-nominations from across the broad ocean sciences community.

The self-nomination process to be considered for the Council election ballot begins in the summer. Review, candidate selection, and election by TOS membership occurs in the fall. The terms of Council begin on January 1 of each year; rotation is staggered to provide continuity.

All TOS members are eligible to nominate themselves for consideration for Council positions. Persons who are not TOS members are eligible to self nominate with the understanding that if elected, they must become a TOS member.

Applications will be scored according to the evaluation rubric.

Apply online to be considered for the election ballot.

Current Council members review and score applicants according to the evaluation rubric. Current Council members will review all submissions and inform applicants about the decision to be included on the TOS Council election ballot each Fall.

Please contact Jenny Ramarui, TOS Executive Director.

Current Council Membership

Deborah Bronk


January 2023 – December 2024

Paula Bontempi


January 2023 – December 2024

Andone Lavery


January 2023 – December 2024

Applied Technology

Anna Michel

February 2023 – December 2025

Representing the applied ocean technology community including aspects such as technological innovation, ocean engineering, and private sector ocean services.


Mona Behl

April 2022 – December 2024

Representing crosscutting issues including aspects of interdisciplinary ocean science, internationalization, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).

Biological Oceanography

Grace Saba

February 2024 – December 2026

Representing the ocean biological science community including disciplines such as biological oceanography, marine ecology, biodiversity, fisheries sciences, benthic ecology, and marine genomics.

Chemical Oceanography

Jun Nishioka

February 2023 – December 2025

Representing the ocean chemistry community including disciplines such as marine chemistry, biogeochemistry, gas exchange, nutrient cycles, and ocean carbon chemistry.

Early Career

Hilary Palevsky

February 2024 – December 2026

Representing the needs and communicates opportunities for early career ocean professionals across all areas of engagement of the TOS family.


Leilani Arthurs

February 2024 – December 2026

Representing the ocean education community including aspects such as ocean education curricula, ocean literacy, school programs and engagement of young minds.

Geological Oceanography

Laura Guertin

April 2022 – December 2024

Representing the ocean geological community including disciplines such as marine geology, petrology, geophysics, sedimentology, geological resources, marine geohazards, and paleoceanography.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Sheri White

February 2023 – December 2025

Representing the TOS JEDI Committee on the Council, attending quarterly meeting and other TOS-sanctioned activities, and supporting efforts to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion for historically excluded and underrepresented groups within TOS and the ocean science community.

Ocean Data Science

Jeremy Werdell

February 2024 – December 2026

Representing the ocean data science community including disciplines such as informatics, ocean data sciences, interoperability, big-data, data visualization, data sharing.

Ocean Social Science and Policy

Eric Wade

February 2024 – December 2026

Representing 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.


Emily Lemagie

February 2024 – December 2026

Representing the ocean physics community including disciplines such as physical oceanography, ocean acoustics, ocean circulation, physical ocean climate, air-sea exchanges.

Student Representative

Josette McLean

April 2022 – December 2024

Bringing the perspectives of students to the council and working to cultivate engagement with TOS student members.


Jenny Ramarui

Executive Director

Allison Miller


Susan Banahan


Ellen Kappel

Director of Publications

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