The GCOOS 2021 Spring Meeting took place on May 18 and included presentations by Carl Gouldman, Director of the U.S. IOOS Program Office, Josie Quintrell, Executive Director of the IOOS Association, and Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, GCOOS Executive Director.
The meeting also included an overview of the 2020 hurricane season related to glider activity in the Gulf, along with a preview of plans for glider deployment during the 2021 season by Bill Lingsch, U.S. Glider User Group Coordinator, and GCOOS Oceanographer Dr. Kerri Whilden.
GCOOS Board Chair Joe Swaykos wrapped up the meeting by announcing the results of the Board Elections. Newly elected or re-elected members, who will take their seats in the fall, are:
- Private Sector Representatives: Alyssa Dausman, Vice President for Science of The Water Institute of the Gulf and Bill Lingsch.
- Government Sector: Dr. Katherine Hubbard, Research Scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Research Institute .
- Academic Sector: Dr. Lynn. K. (Nick) Shay, Associate Dean and Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and Director of the Upper Ocean Dynamics Laboratory.