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2020 NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Annual Meeting

Meeting Theme: Evolving opportunities for the NOAA mission enterprise future workforce in the new era of COVID-19

Meeting Date: Monday, August 3, 2020

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Day 1 Monday, August 3


1. Welcome and Opening Remarks [View Video 39m 21s NOAA CCME 2020 Annual Meeting 1. Welcome and Opening Remarks]
Noon – 12:10 pm         Dr. Larry Robinson, NOAA CCME Center Director [View Presentation]
12:10 – 12:20 pm Jacqueline Rousseau, NOAA EPP/MSI
12:20 – 12:30 pm Dr. Charles Jacoby, NOAA CCME Community Stakeholder Advisory Board Chair [View Presentation]
12:30 – 12:40 pm Dr. LaToya Myles, OAR, NOAA CCME Science Advisory Council [View Presentation]


2. Education and Training [View Video 12m 53s NOAA CCME 2020 Annual Meeting 2. Education and Training]
12:40 – 12:50 pm         Dr. Larry Robinson, NOAA CCME Center Director [View Presentation]


3. Research Priorities and Opportunities for Collaboration [View Video 39m 37s NOAA CCME 2020 Annual Meeting 3. Research Priorities and Opportunities for Collaboration]
12:50 – 1:05 pm         Craig McLean, NOAA Chief Scientist (Acting) [View Presentation]
1:05 – 1:15 pm Dr. Steve Morey, NOAA CCME Distinguished Research Scientist


 Coastal Intelligence [View Video 1h 16m 43s NOAA CCME 2020 Annual Meeting Coastal Intelligence]

 1:15 – 1:30 pm 

 NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) - Dr. Michelle McClure, Director [View Presentation]

 1:30 – 1:45 pm

 NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) - Dr. John Cortinas, Director [View Presentation]

 1:45 – 2:00 pm

 NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) - Dr. Pat Hogan, Branch Chief [View Presentation]

 2:00 – 2:15 pm

 Coastal Intelligence - Dr. Richard Long, NOAA CCME Focal Area Lead [View Presentation]

 2:15 – 2:25 pm

 Coastal Intelligence - Andrea Pugh-Kelley, NOAA CCME Scholar (FAMU) [View Presentation]

 Coastal Resilience [View Video 1h 04m 44s NOAA CCME 2020 Annual Meeting Coastal Resilience]

 2:25 – 2:40 pm

 NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) - Dr. Jeff Payne, Director [View Presentation]

 2:40 – 2:55 pm

 NOAA Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) - Dr. Lonnie Gonsalves [View Presentation]

 2:55 – 3:10 pm

 Coastal Resilience - Dr. Owen Temby, NOAA CCME Focal Area Lead [View Presentation]

 3:10 – 3:20 pm

 Coastal Resilience - Summer Martinez, NOAA CCME Scholar (FAMU) [View Presentation]

 Place-Based Conservation [View Video 50m 57s NOAA CCME 2020 Annual Meeting Place-Based Conservation]

 3:20 – 3:35 pm

 NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service - Dr. Cisco Werner, Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Advisor [View Presentation]

 3:35 – 3:50 pm

 Place-Based Conservation - Dr. J. Cho, NOAA CCME Focal Area Lead [View Presentation]

 3:50 – 4:05 pm

 NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) - John Armor, Director [View Presentation]

 4:05 – 4:15 pm

 Place-Based Conservation - Alexandra Thomsen, NOAA CCME Scholar (CSUMB) [View Presentation]


4. NOAA CCME Interns and Collaborators – Moderated Panel [View Video 45m 27s NOAA CCME 2020 Annual Meeting 4. NOAA CCME Interns and Collaborators – Moderated Panel]


4:15 – 4:45 pm         Moderator: Dr. Steve Morey, NOAA CCME Distinguished Research Scientist
  Impacts and Contributions to the NOAA Offices/Labs
  Panelists: Dr. Ashok Deshpande (NOAA/NMFS), Dr. Marie DeLorenzo (NOAA/NOS), Dr. LaToya Myles (NOAA/OAR), Dr. Chris Kelble (NOAA/OAR), NOAA CCME Scholars: David Lecusay (NOAA CCME UTRGV), Patricia Cockett (NOAA CCME TAMU-CC), Dr. Erin Easton (Former NOAA CCME Postdoctoral Research Associate)
4:45 – 4:55 pm Audience Questions
4:55 - 5:00 pm Closing Remarks – Center Director, Larry Robinson


NOAA CCME Points of Contact for Meeting Follow-up to support future collaboration:


Coastal Intelligence    
Primary: Dr. Richard Long; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Secondary: Dr. Paul Montagna; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coastal Resilience    
Primary: Dr. Owen Temby; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Secondary: Dr. David Yoskowitz; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Place-Based Conservation    
Primary: Dr. J. Cho; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Secondary: Dr. Corey Garza; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Day 2 Tuesday, August 4 NOAA CCME Business Meeting


NOAA CCME Stakeholder Advisory Board and Science Advisory Council members are encouraged to attend.

1:00 – 2:00 pm         I. Evaluation Summary and Discussion - External Evaluator
2:00 – 3:30 pm II. Planning Discussion
1. Fourth Year Review
2. Year 5 Planning
3. CWCC Planning


Annual Meeting Objectives


Day 1


  • Identify student research training opportunities across the broader NOAA
  • Expanded partnerships including skill development, research, and training of graduate students, and laying the foundation for additional research collaboration between NOAA CCME partners and NOAA scientists
  • Continued progress towards NERTO Development and Completions  
    • NERTO best practices 
      • Virtual/hybrid
      • Faculty involvement
  • Highlighting NOAA CCME research training and accomplishments 
    • Student competency development
    • Workforce training
    • Identify opportunities for future collaboration between NOAA CCME students, partners, and NOAA scientists
  • Identify pathways to NOAA workforce including direct hire opportunities


Day 2


  • Increase Enhancement of implementation of Year 5 Performance Goals.
  • Enhancing Student Training - CWCC Planning


Annual Meeting Expected Outcomes


  • Share Year 4 status towards key award objectives (Pre-meeting materials)
  • Share best practices of NOAA CCME Years 1- 4
  • Determine strategies for achieving Year 5 objectives
  • Preparation for Year 4 Independent External Review Visit
  • Develop strategies for addressing challenges – COVID-19 impacts
  • Enhance and expand collaboration between NOAA and NOAA CCME partners to include skill development
  • Build long-term strategies for strengthening the NOAA workforce pipeline, particularly for students from underrepresented communities


Speaker Spotlight


John Armor
John Armor

John Armor is the Director of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), our nation’s system of underwater parks. In this capacity, he provides strategic vision for the program and overall policy direction. Mr. Armor has been with NOAA since 2000, serving as the ONMS national permitting coordinator, chief of the Conservation Policy and Planning Division, and deputy director overseeing personnel, policy and administrative matters for the program. Prior to coming to NOAA, Mr. Armor worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the Fort Myers regional office. There, he worked to implement the State of Florida's wetland and estuarine protection and sovereign submerged lands programs.

Mr. Armor is a native of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, along the shores of Narragansett Bay where his passion for protecting special ocean places was born. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Science degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program.

J. Cho
Dr. J. Cho

J. Cho is a Professor of Environmental Science of Integrated Environmental Science at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU). She has researched coastal seagrass, saltwater and brackish water aquatic plants and wetlands, landscape level assessment using habitat models/remotely sensed satellite imageries and aerial photographs, and geographic information system data. Her current research projects focus on coastal urban stormwater management using engineered treatment wetlands, living shorelines, and data visualization. Within NOAA CCME, she is the Institutional PI at B-CU and Chair of the Place-Based Conservation Focal Area.

Patricia Cockett
Patricia Cockett

Patricia Cockett is a NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar completing a Ph.D. in Coastal and Marine System Science at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Patricia is interested in pursuing a career in resource management and is currently conducting research with a focus on the relationship between the land and the sea under the supervision of Dr. Paul Montagna.

John Cortinas
Dr. John Cortinas

A member of the federal government’s senior executive service, Dr. Cortinas has served nine years as director of OWAQ, NOAA Research’s program to improve NOAA National Weather Service products and services for high-impact weather events. In this office, he also oversaw NOAA’s U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP), the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), and hosted the National Earth System Prediction Capability project office. Cortinas has extensive experience transitioning research to operations, particularly through USWRP and JTTI.

Dr. Marie DeLorenzo
Dr. Marie DeLorenzo

Dr. Marie DeLorenzo is Branch Chief for the Ecotoxicology Branch at the NOAA, National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science laboratory in Charleston, SC. Dr. DeLorenzo serves on the graduate faculty at the College of Charleston, the University of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina, Florida A&M University’s School of the Environment, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her laboratory has a long history of NOAA CCME student mentorship.

Dr. DeLorenzo’s research has addressed a variety of coastal contaminant issues including pesticide runoff, pharmaceuticals, microplastics, climate stressor-chemical interactions, and oil spill mitigation. Current research includes determining the toxicity of PFAS and alternative fluorine-free fire fighting foam products to estuarine species. We are also evaluating the effectiveness of various salt marsh vegetation replanting techniques in an oiled marsh using our mesocosm testing facility.

Dr. Ashok Deshpande
Dr. Ashok Deshpande

Dr. Ashok Deshpande is a Research Chemist at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. His research is focused on the application of chemistry principles in addressing baseline fisheries topics, including the characterization of microplastics polymers by using a novel technique of pyrolysis GC-MS. He has successfully analyzed a variety of plastic samples from the littoral and aquatic environments, and in seabirds. For more than 25 years, he has been working on assessments of persistent chemical contaminants in recreational and commercial fisheries resource species. He has examined the potential uses of intrinsic and naturally embedded tracer chemicals in the assessment of habitat ecology, migratory behaviors, and predator-prey interactions.

Dr. Erin Easton
Dr. Erin Easton
Former NOAA CCME Postdoc

Dr. Erin E. Easton completed a NOAA CCME postdoctoral fellowship in December of 2019 in Place-Based Conservation at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She conducted a collaborative six-month research visit at NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in Charleston, SC with NOAA collaborators Drs. Thomas Greig and Peter Etnoyer in 2019. Her research focuses on using the ecology and evolution of marine benthic fauna. Her recent research includes combined morphological and genetic studies of mesophotic corals and community assessment of mesophotic and deep coral ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and South Pacific. She was recently hired as an assistant professor in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is active in promoting student involvement in deep-sea science, and is the current Secretary of the Deep-Sea Biology Society.

Lonnie Gonsalves
Dr. Lonnie Gonsalves

Dr. Lonnie Gonsalves is an Environmental Scientist for NOAA. He currently serves as the Acting Deputy Director for the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). His primary duties are to serve as the Portfolio Manager for the NOAA Ecological Forecasting Roadmap. Within this role, Dr. Gonsalves coordinates agency-wide science activities that transition applied research into products and services (e.g. Harmful Algal Bloom forecasts) that protect coastal communities. Prior to this role, Lonnie conducted a 16-month detail (2015-2017) in the NOAA Program Coordination Office where he provided staff and policy support to the NOAA Administrator.

Lonnie’s career began in 2010 when he was accepted into the NOAA Graduate Sciences Program as a doctoral student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. During this time, Dr. Gonsalves’ research focused on characterizing the impact of prey availability on disease resistance in Chesapeake Bay striped bass. Following completion of his doctoral degree in 2012, Lonnie began working full time at the Cooperative Oxford Lab where he assisted with the development and implementation of ecological assessments of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Gonsalves received his B.S. in Biology, with a concentration in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, from East Carolina University in 2005.

Pat Hogan
Dr. Pat Hogan

Dr. Hogan is an oceanographer who serves as the Ocean Sciences Branch Chief for the National Centers for Environmental Information. In addition to directing the global ocean forecasting research, Hogan has been modeling and forecasting the Gulf of Mexico circulation for many years. These models have been and are used by many in the community for research and for boundary conditions to nested regional models within the Gulf.

Dr. Charles Jacoby
Dr. Charles Jacoby
NOAA CCME Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Charles Jacoby is the Supervising Environmental Scientist for the Estuaries Section at the St. Johns River Water Management District and a Courtesy Associate Professor in the Soil and Water Sciences Department at the University of Florida. In these roles, he translates science into sustainable management of aquatic systems. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Illinois State University, a doctorate in biological sciences from Stanford University, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Western Australia.

During his career, he has investigated water quality, seagrasses, spring-fed systems, saltmarshes, mid-water systems, invertebrates, fish, and manatees. Drawing from his experience, he has provided advice to industry and federal, state and local governments in both the United States and Australia, including being a Gubernatorial appointment to Florida’s Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force.

Dr. Chris Kelble
Dr. Chris Kelble

Dr. Chris Kelble is the Deputy Director of the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) and is the principal investigator for the Ecosystem Assessment and Modeling Laboratory within the Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division at AOML. Dr. Kelble's primary research interest is to holistically understand how humans alter coastal marine ecosystems and in turn how these coastal ecosystems help to support coastal communities.

His research has a heavy emphasis on research to applications by working closely with the resource managers most likely to use these research results. Dr. Kelble's research has ranged from understanding how altered watersheds affect salinity variability and thus habitat suitability to understanding how natural and anthropogenic drivers of change affect the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

Dr. Kelble currently serves on leadership committees for NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Program, NOAA's Biscayne Bay Habitat Focus Area, NOAA's Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team, and the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Science Coordination Group.

Andrea Pugh-Kelley
Andrea Pugh-Kelley

Andrea A. Pugh, MPH, is a NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar completing a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Andrea is currently conducting research in the area of Modeling PFAS in the Great Lakes under the supervision of Dr. Steve Morey.

David Lecusay
David Lecusay

David Lecusay Jr. is NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) pursuing a M.S. in Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences. David is interested in pursuing a career in fresh/saltwater fisheries and is currently conducting research in the area of place-based conservation under the supervision of Dr. Alejandro Fierro.

His thesis title is “Refining and validating a multimetric index for ecosystem health assessment and monitoring of deltaic freshwater wetlands of the Rio Grande”. David completed his NERTO at AOML-OAR in Miami, Florida with Dr.Christopher Kelble from March 16- June 16, 2020.

Dr. Richard Long
Dr. Richard Long

Richard A Long is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida A&M University; and he serves as the interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Activities for the College of Science and Technology. He serves as the NOAA CCME Coastal Intelligence focal area lead.

Richard conducts research in Aquatic Microbiology, Ecology and Bioinformatics in the context of environmental and human health. Current projects in the laboratory address the impact of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products on aquatic ecosystems, fungal bioremediation, environmental antibiotic resistance, aquifer microbial ecology, epibonts of invertebrates, and waterborne pathogens.

Summer Martinez
Summer Martinez

Summer Martinez is a NOAA CCME graduate scholar completing an M.S. in Biology at Florida A&M University. She was a NOAA CCME undergraduate scholar at Florida A&M University who completed her B.S. in Biology in Fall of 2019. Summer is currently conducting research on bioremediation of oil spills using oyster mushrooms as well as using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy to study heavy metal accumulation by duckweeds under the supervision of Dr. Richard Long.

Michelle McClure
Dr. Michelle McClure

Dr. Michelle McClure joined PMEL in February 2019 as the fourth director. McClure has 20 years of research and leadership experience with NOAA Fisheries where she made significant contributions to fisheries science for sustainable fisheries and protected resources. Under her direction, Michelle expanded collaboration and research while supporting the core services NOAA provides to the West Coast fisheries industry and the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. She holds a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies (ecology) from Evergreen State College and a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.

Craig McLean
Craig McLean
NOAA Chief Scientist

Craig McLean is the Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) office. He is responsible for directing and implementing NOAA’s research enterprise. Among numerous formal international engagements in science and technology, Mr. McLean serves as the U.S. Representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Co-chair of the U.S. European Union Marine Working Group.

Mr. McLean previously served as NOAA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, and was the founding Director of OAR’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and served nearly 25 years in NOAA's Commissioned Corps, making Captain’s rank. Among his achievements and accolades, Craig led NOAA's planning for the Smithsonian Institution's Sant Ocean Hall and has won the Department of Commerce Silver and Bronze Medals, the NOAA Corps Commendation Medal, and Special Achievement Medal.

Dr. Steve Morey
Dr. Steve Morey

Dr. Steven Morey, NOAA CCME Distinguished Research Scientist and Professor in the FAMU School of the Environment, is a physical oceanographer with expertise ocean modeling . His research interests include studies of shelf processes including coastal upwelling and estuarine connectivity, circulation in the Gulf of Mexico, and the interaction between physical processes and marine ecosystems.

Dr. LaToya Myles
Dr. LaToya Myles

My research is interdisciplinary, involving both atmospheric chemistry and environmental science. I measure the exchange (i.e., emission and deposition) of gases and particles between the air and land in coastal and agricultural ecosystems. Many of my measurement studies focus on ammonia (NH3), the most abundant basic gas in the atmosphere and an important part of the biogeochemical cycle. The data collected from these studies is used to improve estimates of air pollution and provide information about the potential impact on human health and the environment.

Jeff Payne
Dr. Jeff Payne

Dr. Jeff Payne is the Senior Executive Service director for The Office for Coastal Management (established in 2014 when NOAA integrated the Coastal Services Center and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management). Under his leadership, the nation’s coastal management activities are coordinated to address the significant challenges affecting our coastal communities. All activities focus on constituent needs, creativity, effectiveness, and a commitment to a partnership approach to doing business.

Dr. Larry Robinson
Dr. Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson, Ph.D., is Florida A&M University's (FAMU's) 12th president and a distinguished professor and researcher in the School of the Environment at FAMU. Previously, he served as the interim president of FAMU from September 2016 to November 2017, from July 2012 to March 2014 and in 2007.

Dr. Robinson is actively engaged in research with students and faculty as the director and principal investigator of the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. The Center was established in September 2016 with a $15.4 million award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program. FAMU is leading the partnership and collaborating with five universities to make a major impact on coastal and marine ecosystems education, science and policy.

Jacqueline Rousseau
Jacqueline Rousseau

Ms. Rousseau is one of the founding members of the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) and serves as the program’s manager. In this capacity she coordinates the implementation of the EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Centers and the Undergraduate Scholarship Program. She is committed to increasing awareness and opportunities for students, particularly from underrepresented minority communities, to explore career options at NOAA in disciplines that support the agency's mission. A 25+ year NOAA employee, Jacqueline has worked as an International Affairs Specialist and as the liaison between NOAA and state agencies focused on coastal management and designation of marine protected areas.

Dr. Owen Temby
Dr. Owen Temby

Dr. Temby is an associate professor in the UTRGV School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences. He serves as the NOAA CCME Coastal Intelligence focal area co-lead. He is an environmental policy specialist with current research in transboundary fishery policy, ecosystem management, and air pollution policy. Before joining UTRGV Dr. Temby worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and Carleton University. He is the author of numerous articles in respected journals and editor (with Peter Stoett) of the book, Towards Continental Environmental Policy? North American Transnational Networks and Governance (SUNY Press, 2017).

Alexandra Thomsen
Alexandra Thomsen

Alexandra is an M.S. candidate in the Environmental Science program at California State University - Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with a focus on Marine Science. Originally from Massachusetts, she received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Brown University in 2016. Alexandra is passionate about research on anthropogenic effects on coastal ecosystems, conservation and restoration practices that minimize tradeoffs between people and the non-human environment, and ecosystem services of coastal habitats.

For her Masters thesis, she is collaborating with Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) to better understand the drivers of marsh plain colonization at a sediment addition restoration site and to inform "best practices" for marsh restoration based on different indicators of success. Alexandra is advised by Dr. Arlene Haffa (CSUMB) and Dr. Kerstin Wasson (ESNERR).

Cisco Werner
Dr. Cisco Werner

Dr. Francisco (Cisco) Werner is the Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries, a role he took on in June 2017. In this capacity, he leads NOAA Fisheries' efforts to provide the science needed to support sustainable fisheries and ecosystems and to continue our nation's progress in ending overfishing, rebuilding fish populations, saving critical species, and preserving vital habitats.