Executive Office of the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Project Office
Heather Benway
Executive Office of the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Project Office
Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry Program/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Posted Date:  2021-06-24

Dr. Heather Benway is a Senior Research Specialist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and serves as the Executive Office of the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Project Office. Dr. Benway’s research interest entails carbon and climate change science, environmental geochemistry, and science communication and outreach. In addition to Dr. Benway’s current NASA and NSF funded work, and associated NOAA project, she serves as a spokesperson for the OCB Program and as the lead principal investigator (PI) for the OCB Project Office. This program was established to promote, plan, and coordinate collaborative, multidisciplinary research opportunities on marine biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem processes with the United States and with international partners. Dr. Benway is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion through her work at OCB.

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Research Associate at the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences
Brian Barnes
Research Associate at the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences
University of South Florida

Posted Date:  2021-06-24

Dr. Brian Barnes is a Research Associate at the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences in the Optical Oceanography Lab. There, his research is focused on assessing and monitoring costal systems from satellite remote sensing platforms and more specifically focused to improve satellite derivations of water quality and benthic classification in optically shallow marine environments. Dr. Barnes specializes in optically shallow waters, satellite calibration, dredging plumes, and satellite data dissemination. Dr. Barnes is currently a member of NASA PACE Science and Applications Team and is working to develop new and improved approaches for coastal ecosystem research with the next generation of satellite ocean color sensors.

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Associate Professor
Erin Hestir
Associate Professor
UC Merced

Posted Date:  2021-06-24

Dr. Erin Hestir is an Associate Professor at University of California, Merced. Dr. Hestir’s research interest are within aquatic ecosystems that are threatened by competing pressures to meet society’s needs for water and food security while sustaining biodiversity and other ecosystem duties. Dr. Hestir’s expertise spans geospatial analytics, hyperspectral and satellite remote sensing, and sensor networks in inland and coastal waters and wetlands. Dr. Hestir is currently leading NASA’s first biodiversity campaign, BioSCape. This biodiversity field campaign takes place in the Greater Cape Floristic Region of South Africa, and the focus of this campaign is to begin understanding distribution and abundance of biodiversity, role of biodiversity in ecosystem function, and the impacts of biodiversity change on ecosystem services.

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Senior Research Scientist
Stephanie Dutkiewicz
Senior Research Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Posted Date:  2021-03-30

Stephanie Dutkiewicz is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. She is affiliated with the MIT Center for Global Change Science, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to climate science, and the Darwin Project, which brings together ocean science fields to model marine microbes and their communities. Dr. Dutkiewicz develops and uses models guided by laboratory, field, and satellite data to study how ocean chemistry and physics determines phytoplankton biogeography, focusing on how this system will be impacted by climate change. In her NASA-funded project, she collaborated with a group of scientists in using high-resolution imaging to observe nanoplankton dynamics in the North Pacific Ocean, finding a strong relationship between net community productivity - how much carbon the phytoplankton sequester - and biomass in these intermediate-sized phytoplankton. Dr. Dutkiewicz’s modeling showed that this size class is a particularly important component of the global marine ecosystem. These results suggest that including phytoplankton size classes may be key in modeling and understanding ocean biological production.

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