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Fall Meeting Recap

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Posted: November 4, 2020
Category: Featured News

We’re pleased to welcome some new faces to our Board of Directors, announce our new Executive Committee, welcome new staff and announce new staff roles.

New Board Members


  • Dr. Kimberly Yates is a Research Oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Center for Coastal and Marine Science (SPCMSC). She represents the government sector.

  • Dr. Antonietta Quigg is the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG). She represents the academic sector.


Executive Committee

  • Joe Swaykos, Board Chair

  • Steven Buschang, Chair Elect

  • Jan van Smirren, Treasurer

  • Kirsten Larsen, Secretary

  • Dr. Sara Graves, Immediate Past Chair


New Staff

  • Dr. Kerri Whilden, Oceanographer and Assistant Research Scientist at the Geochemical & Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M University.

  • Stephanie Watson, Coordinator of the Compilation of Environmental, Threats, and Animal Data for Cetacean Population Health Analyses (CETACEAN) project. (Stephanie previously served as Strategic Program/Communications Manager for GCOOS.)


Staff Changes

  • Systems Architect Felimon Gayanillo and Research Specialist and Product Developer Bob Currier have taken on a partnership role as Co-Data Managers in addition to their current positions.


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