The Ocean Enterprise Study: Changes Within the Last Five Years

July 23, 2020

Wednesday, November 18th at 12 Noon (EDT)

This special webinar will introduce the 2015 Ocean Enterprise Study and the importance of its results. The follow-up 2020 study will then be introduced and preliminary results will be discussed as they relate to ocean observing and the Enterprise.

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Zdenka Willis, President, Marine Technology Society

Zdenka Saba Willis, L.L.D is the CEO of Veraison Consulting, focusing on ocean technology and policy. She retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Senior Executive Service where she was the founding Director of the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Office.

From 2006 to 2007, she was the Director of NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center. Ms Willis retired with the rank of Captain from the United States Navy. As Meteorology and Oceanography officer, she deployed onboard Navy survey vessels, and held a wide range of duties including: Deputy Navigator of the Navy, Deputy to Naval Deputy to NOAA; Director of the National Ice Center; Commanding Officer of Oceanographic Unit One at sea on the USNS HARKNESS, Director of the Strategic Policy Forum (a crisis simulation for Members of Congress, senior Executive branch officials, and military leaders) and as adjunct professor in the Strategic Leadership Department at the National Defense University. Ms Willis has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, master’s degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from Dalhousie University. Ms Willis is an MST Fellow.

Carl Gouldman, Director, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System

Carl Gouldman has been Director of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Office in NOAA, since February 2017. Prior to becoming the director, Carl served as the Deputy Director of the program since June 2014 and has been in NOAA since 2000. U.S. IOOS is a coordinated network of people and technology that work together to generate and disseminate continuous data on our coastal waters, Great Lakes, and oceans.

Before NOAA, Carl spent 3 years in the education department at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation where he led field programs teaching students about bay ecology and conservation. He holds a B.S. in political science from Duke University and a Masters (MEM) in Coastal Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke. 

Charles Colgan, Director of Research, Center for the Blue Economy

Dr. Charles Colgan is the Director of Research for the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) overseeing the conduct of research activities and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (JOCE). In addition, he serves as adjunct faculty in the International Environmental Policy Studies program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Dr. Colgan holds a Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of Maine and a B.A. from Colby College.

Ralph Rayner, Industry Liaison, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System

Dr. Ralph Rayner is the industry liaison for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and a Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Rayner acts as the information point for a broad range of relevant industries in marine science and technology. He actively participates in international efforts to promote the socioeconomic benefits of ocean observations, and serves as the Editor-in-chief for the Journal of Operational Oceanography. Dr. Rayner holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography, an MSc in Underwater Science and Technology, and a BSc in Biology all from the University of Salford. 

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