Welcoming new CeNCOOS staff

Dear CeNCOOS Community Members,
Happy New Year from the CeNCOOS Program Office in Moss Landing!! We begin 2018 with many staffing changes at the CeNCOOS office. This transition is being guided by Francisco Chavez (former acting Director and Executive Council member), Aric Bickel (former Program Manager), and Fred Bahr (CeNCOOS Product Developer). Meet the new team!
Henry Ruhl

Henry Ruhl, Director – hruhl@mbari.org

As CeNCOOS Director, Henry manages the overall operation and maintenance of the System and works closely with the Executive Committee, Governing Council, PIs, and other partners to improve the System. Henry joins following a seven year period as the Head, DeepSeas Group and Associate Head, Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group, at the National Oceanographic Center UK. Henry has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and did a Postdoc with MBARI in 2006-08.

Alex Harper, Program Manager – aharper@mbari.org

Alex joins the CeNCOOS team from the IOOS Program Office at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD where she worked in the Regions, Budget, and Policy division. Alex will oversee CeNCOOS observing operations and execute day-to-day program administration and project management. Alex has a Ph.D in Chemical Oceanography and a M.S. in Aquatic Environmental Science from Florida State University.

Patrick Daniel

Patrick Daniel, Data Coordinator – pdaniel@mbari.org

Patrick comes to us from Moss Landing Marine Labs where his Master’s thesis research is focused on the application of HF Radar data and in-situ wave measurements to understand how waves-induced transport contributes to nearshore phytoplankton abundance. Patrick will work with the CeNCOOS data management team to collect, maintain, and disseminate high-quality, reliable data.

Fred Bahr

Fred Bahr, Product Developer – fbahr@mbari.org

Fred has worked with CeNCOOS the past 10 years as the Product Developer to collaborate with investigators on product development, including the processing of raw data, data analysis, and high-level products, and to translate information into user-friendly tools to address stakeholder needs. Before joining CeNCOOS, Fred worked with the as a research scientist for the Navy Postgraduate School and before that at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Fred has a B.S. in Physics and Oceanography from the University of Washington and a M.S. in Physical Oceanography from Oregon State University.

In the coming weeks, the CeNCOOS Program Office staff will engage with many of our partners to learn about the current state of the System, priority areas of focus, and how to best strengthen CeNCOOS. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns. We look forward to connecting with you soon!


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Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System

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