Dr. Bonnie McCay (NAS), Chair –Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Bonnie McCay (NAS), Chair, is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. Her research focuses on policies and challenges for managing common pool resources such as fish and shellfish, with particular attention to intersections of ecology, community, and social institutions of science, law, and property. She has done field research in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Canada, in the Middle Atlantic region of the U.S., and in Baja California, Mexico. Dr. McCay’s books include The Question of the Commons, Oyster Wars and the Public Trust, and Enclosing the Commons. She serves on numerous editorial boards, and until 2017, she was as on the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. She served on the New Jersey State Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Development of Wind Turbine Facilities in Coastal Waters, State of New Jersey, December 2004- March 2006.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is currently a member of the Ocean Studies Board. She has participated in multiple consensus study committees, including those on capacity building for sustainable use of the ocean and coast, and social science research priorities for environmental decision making. She is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment for Ocean Energy Management. Dr. McCay received her M.S. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University.

Mr. Robert E. Beal –Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Arlington, VA

Robert E. Beal is the Executive Director of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) in Arlington, Virginia. He has worked for the ASFMC for over twenty years, previously serving as Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, Director of the Interstate Fisheries Management Program, and Acting Science Director. In his current role as Executive Director, Mr. Beal guides ASMFC’s day-to-day operations such as policy development and implementation and provides leadership to all of its programs. He represents ASMFC at the New England, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council Meetings and ensures Congressional support for ASMFC and its member states. Mr. Beal also serves on a number of fisheries management bodies including the NOAA MRIP Executive Steering Committee and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Fisheries and Water Resources Policy Committee. Mr. Beal received his undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland and went on to receive his M.S. in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University.

Dr. Eleanor Bochenek –Rutgers University Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Cape May, NJ

Eleanor Bochenek is the Director of the Fisheries Cooperative Center at Rutgers University’s Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory in Cape May, New Jersey. In this role, she works directly with commercial and recreational fishing industries in the Mid-Atlantic region. Her areas of expertise include fisheries and marine resource management, with an emphasis in gear technology, bycatch, discards, hook and release mortality, socioeconomics, and habitat degradation. Dr. Bochenek currently serves on several fisheries committees including the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, River Herring/Shad Advisory Committee and the National Fisheries Institute-Clam Committee. Furthermore, she serves as the Science Liaison for the National Fisheries Institute-Scientific Monitoring Committee (commercial trawlers, docks, and processors from Rhode Island to New Jersey). After receiving her B.A. from Vassar College, Dr. Bochenek went on to earn an M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Marine Science (Fisheries and Marine Resource Management) from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Andrew Gill –Cape Eleuthera Institute, The Bahamas

Andrew Gill became the Director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute in February 2017, after almost fifteen years with Cranfield University in Cranfield, United Kingdom. At Cranfield University, Dr. Gill served as a Senior Lecturer at the Offshore Renewable Energy and Engineering Centre and a Lecturer and Course Director for the MSc program in Environmental Water Management. His areas of expertise lie in aquatic ecology, marine renewable energy and associated environmental assessments and impacts. He currently serves as co-Chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Ocean (ICES) Working Group on Marine Benthal and Renewable Energy Developments. Dr. Gill is a member of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), the Shark Trust, and the British Ecological Society. Previously, he served on Council of the FSBI and as the Marine and Aquatic Editor for Biological Conservation and subsequently served on the journal’s Editorial Board. Dr. Gill received his Ph.D. in Fish Behavioural Ecology from the University of Leicester.

Dr. Annette Grilli –University of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Campus

Annette Grilli is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. Her research interests include ocean renewable energy assessment and coastal hazard assessment. She is particularly interested in the siting optimization of offshore wind farms, including environmental and societal constraints and the use of numerical models and statistics to assess the coastal impact of extreme events. Dr. Grilli was a member of the NRC Committee on Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Assessment from 2010-2013. She received a B.S. in Education and in Geography as well as an M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Liege, Belgium. Dr. Grilli then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Eileen Hofmann –Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Eileen E. Hofmann is a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University. Her research interests are in the areas of physical-biological interactions in marine ecosystems, environmental control of marine diseases, descriptive physical oceanography, and mathematical modeling of marine ecosystems.  She was elected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for her contributions to physical-biological modeling of marine ecosystems.  She serves President of the Ocean Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union and as Vice Chair of the Council Leadership Team of the American Geophysical Union.  She is Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Marine Systems. She has many years of experience with the National Research Council, including the Committee on Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Marine Fisheries. She formerly served on the Ocean Studies Board and currently serves on the Polar Research Board. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and spent time as an Assistant Research Scientist and an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at Old Dominion University.

Dr. William T. Hogarth –Florida Institute of Oceanography (Retired), St. Pete Beach, FL

William T. Hogarth is the retired Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and has decades of experience in marine fisheries management. In this role, he received the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award at the 2016 American Fisheries Society annual meeting. Formerly, Dr. Hogarth served as Regional Chancellor for University of South Florida –St. Petersburg (USF) and as the Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science. He also was appointed by Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist to serve on the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Board, which oversees the funds to investigate the impacts of the oil effects on ecosystems during the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Before joining USF, Dr. Hogarth was the Assistant Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Richmond in Virginia and earned his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Pamela Neubert –AECOM, Inc. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA

Pamela Neubert currently serves as Associate Vice President – Marine Science, at AECOM, Inc. located in Pocasset, MA on Cape Cod. She also holds a guest investigator appointment at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the Marine Policy Center. She has over twenty years of experience in the marine policy field, with a background in benthic marine ecology and invertebrate taxonomy and additional expertise in ecological impact assessment of marine nearshore and offshore environments. Dr. Neubert also serves on the Marine and Coastal Environmental Business Council Committee, and as a scientific reviewer for the North Pacific Research Board. During her career she has worked with many clients including an Arctic ecosystem project with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, environmental compliance monitoring for offshore energy developers and a variety of State municipalities.  In 2012, she received the Environmental Business Journal International Business Growth Award for significantly growing a small business’ international environmental services. Dr. Neubert received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts before completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Dr. Thomas Noji –NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Highlands, NJ

Thomas Noji is a marine ecologist at NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Milford, Connecticut and Sandy Hook, New Jersey. He is the Chief of the Ecosystems and Aquaculture Division. His background lies in benthic-pelagic coupling and marine mapping and habitat condition. After conducting a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Tromso and at the Institute of Marine Research in Norway, Dr. Noji continued his research in Europe, working with the EU Research Program’s Subpolar Ocean Programme and other projects including the transport of pollutants in the North Sea and remote sensing and persistence modeling of harmful algae blooms in relation to salmon aquaculture. Upon returning to the United States in 2001, Dr. Noji served on several international and national advisory committees and research organizations, including the International Council for the Exploration of the Ocean (ICES). He is the co-founder of the Gulf of Maine Mapping Initiative (GOMMI) as well as the Norwegian MAREANO, which is one of the largest marine habitat mapping programs in Europe. Dr. Noji completed his undergraduate studies at Earlham College in Indiana and received his Ph.D. in biological oceanography at the Institute of Oceanography at the University of Kiel in Germany.

Dr. Kevin T. Stokesbury –University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Kevin Stokesbury is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology. His research interests focus on spatial distribution of marine fishes and invertebrates, migrations, community structure, predator-prey interactions, population dynamics and fisheries. Dr. Stokesbury has conducted extensive research on the George’s Bank scallop fishery and published many articles on the subject. In 2013, he received the “Scholar of the Year” award presented by the UMASS Faculty Federation. Before joining the faculty at UMASS, Dartmouth, Dr. Stokesbury served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Co-principle Investigator on the SEA Herring Project at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks’ Institute of Marine Science. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and went on to earn his Ph.D. from Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada.

Mr. John Williamson –Sea Keeper, LLC, Kennebunk, ME

John Williamson is the Marine Fisheries Consultant at Sea Keeper LLC, a private consulting business in Kennebunk, Maine. He has over twenty five years of experience assisting organizations, businesses and agencies to engage commercial and recreational fishermen in problem-solving. His areas of focus include cooperative science, marine spatial planning and sustainable seafood development. Mr. Williamson is currently the Fishing Industry Liaison for DONG Energy US Wind Power with the purpose of building bridges of cooperation through information sharing in development of offshore wind power. He served for nine years on the New England Fishery Management Council, has been a long-standing member of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, and in the past has had affiliation with the New England Aquarium and Ocean Conservancy in enlisting fishing community involvement in regulatory development and ocean planning. He is also a co-founder of the Marine Resource Education Program, a six-day curriculum in fishery science and management offered to commercial fishermen and marine resources professionals. Before Mr. Williamson opened his private consulting practice, he captained or crewed on vessels in New England, Florida, and Alaska and is familiar with a range of fisheries and gear-types. Mr. Williamson pursued a degree in business from the University of New Hampshire, and he is a USCG licensed Master of Motor Vessels upon Near Coastal Waters.

 

       Staff:

       Susan Roberts, Director, Ocean Studies Board

       Emily Twigg, Associate Program Officer, Ocean Studies Board

        Allie Phillips, Program Assistant, Ocean Studies Board