Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Sea Grant Office

NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office administers funding to the Sea Grant colleges throughout the nation and oversees several national funding competitions. They also facilitates both the Department of Commerce designation of Sea Grant College Programs and the Sea Grant program assessment process.

Find Contact Information for our staff in the Directory below, or learn more about the people who work here in our Staff Biographies.

LEADERSHIP
Director:
Nikola Garber (Acting)
Deputy Director: Jonathan Eigen (Acting)

Mailing Address / Directions
1315 EAST-WEST HIGHWAY, Mail Code: R/SG
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND 20910

Phone / Fax
Phone: 301-734-1066
Fax: 301-713-0799

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Staff Directory

Click on a staff members name to see their picture and bio in the Staff Biographies section below the Directory.

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Last NameSorted By Last Name In Ascending OrderFirst NameTitlePhoneEmail
BerksonJimNMFS Program Officer (as of 4/13/15)TBDjim.berkson@noaa.gov
BowmanSarahNatural Resource Specialist
[Sea Grant Knauss Fellow]
(301) 734-1086Sarah.Bowman@noaa.gov
BrakobDevinActing Planning and Evaluation Lead(301) 713-7639Devin.R.Brakob@noaa.gov
BrownJoshuaHazards & Climate Lead(301) 734-1271Joshua.Brown@noaa.gov
CarlsonDornProgram Director for Research(301) 734-1080Dorn.Carlson@noaa.gov
ChengHelenCoastal Communities Specialist
[Sea Grant Knauss Fellow]
(301) 734-1287Helen.Cheng@noaa.gov
EigenJonathanChief Financial Officer & Acting Deputy Director(301) 734-1071Jonathan.Eigen@noaa.gov
FisherGeneneActing Assistant Director for Operations(301) 734-1083Genene.Fisher@noaa.gov
GalkiewiczJuliaFellowship Manager(301) 734-1067Julia.Galkiewicz@noaa.gov
GarberNikolaActing Director(301) 734-1079Nikola.Garber@noaa.gov
GarciaRobinCommunication Specialist (as of 4/6/15)TBDTBD
GrimesSamiDirector of Planning & Evaluation(301) 734-1073Sami.Grimes@noaa.gov
HayesChrisActing Director of Planning and Evaluation(301) 734-1057Chris.Hayes@noaa.gov
HindenJenniferProgram Support Specialist
[2020/Acentia Contractor to NOAA]
(301) 734-1088Jennifer.Hinden@noaa.gov
LiffmannMichaelProgram Director for Extension(301) 734-1074Michael.Liffmann@noaa.gov
RobinsonMaryAdministrative Assistant(301) 734-1066Mary.Robinson@noaa.gov
RohringElizabethDirector of Communication(301) 734-1082Elizabeth.Rohring@noaa.gov
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Berkson

Jim Berkson, Ph.D. is the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Program Officer in the National Sea Grant Office.  Jim facilitates the creation of new partnerships between NMFS and the National and State Sea Grant offices around the country.
 
Jim received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at San Diego, his Master of Science from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. from Montana State University.  Jim has worked for federal, state, and tribal fisheries management agencies. He has also been an academic, teaching at the University of Oregon, the University of South Florida, and the University of Florida and earning tenure at Virginia Tech.  Utilizing both his agency and academic backgrounds, Jim has a long history of creating new partnerships.  Since joining NOAA in 2003, Jim created and led the NMFS Recruiting, Training, and Research program, designed to recruit outstanding undergraduate and graduate students into the field of population dynamics and into jobs with NOAA.

Bowman, Sarah

Sarah Bowman is the Natural Resource Specialist for the National Sea Grant Office.   She is a recipient of the 2015 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. 

Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State University in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Her dissertation work is on lead ecotoxicology at a shooting range. Sarah earned her M.S. at the University of Georgia in Entomology where she studied the response of aquatic invertebrates to wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp. She received her B.S. from Baldwin-Wallace University in Biology. Prior to working in the National Sea Grant Office, Sarah was a Pathways Intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Columbus, Ohio Field Office where she worked on contaminants projects, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects, and endangered species consultations.

Brakob

Devin Brakob, Commander in NOAA Corps, is currently assigned to the National Sea Grant Office on a rotational LCDP assignment until May 15th.  He is serving as the Acting Planning and Evaluation Lead, an at-large Federal Program Officer and assisting the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Manager.  He is on detail through May of 2015 from the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations where he serves as the Aviation Specialist for the Platform Acquisition Division and the Program Manager for the NOAA WP-3D Service Life Extension Program.

He has served in the NOAA Corps for 12 years completing two assignments to the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, first as the Chief of Training and next as the Chief of Maintenance.  He served as the Program Manager for the Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center between those two assignments.  Prior to coming to NOAA he served 10 years in the U.S. Navy training to become a Navigator, as a P-3 Mission Commander and as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at The George Washington University.

Devin received his B.S. in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Masters of Business Administration from The George Washington University.

NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) is a competitive 18-month leadership development program. It provides a series of training and learning experiences for a cadre of NOAA employees who have high potential for assuming greater leadership responsibilities in the agency. The program promotes cross-line, multidisciplinary experiences that broaden participants’ understanding of NOAA’s strategic vision, mission, and goals, as well as our business processes. 

Brown, Joshua E.

Joshua E. Brown, Ph.D., leads the national Climate and Hazard activities for the National Sea Grant College Program. Joshua developed and oversaw Sea Grant’s Coastal Communities Climate Adaptation Initiative as well as NOAA Sea Grant's responses to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Hurricane Sandy, and other coastal disasters. He served on NOAA’s Post-Sandy Service Assessment team, coauthoring the final report. He coleads the Mitigation and Adaptation Services objective team under NOAA’s Climate Goal. He is a member of a range of federal agency teams, including the NOAA Climate Adaptation Team and FEMA's Community Planning and Capacity Building Recovery Support Function team.  He is serves as a Federal Program Officer, overseeing large institutional awards to leading research universities for coastal science issues. Joshua is the Program Officer for Washington Sea Grant, Florida Sea Grant,and  the National Sea Grant Library.

Dr. Brown received his PhD in 2009 in Earth, Ecology, & Environmental Sciences from the University of Toledo, his MS in Integrative Biology in 2004 From Brigham Young University, and his BA in Biology in 1999 from Wabash College.  He is a coauthor on eight peer-reviewed publications and has presented information on his research, evolutionary ecology, sustainability, hazard resilience and climate adaptation to diverse audiences in professional societies and community organizations. After receiving his doctorate degree, Joshua joined the National Sea Grant Office as a Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, working on sustainable coastal development and community resilience. He stayed with Sea Grant after his fellowship, continuing to focus developing programs to support community resilience.

 

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Carlson, Dorn

Dorn Carlson is the Program Director for Research and the Program Officer for the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Lake Champlain, and Wisconsin Sea Grant Programs.

Carlson is a long-time Federal bureaucrat, formerly regulation developer for the EPA, Environmental Manager for an R&D Facility, Supervisory Research Chemist for the Navy, and Powder Monkey. Starting in 1979, he worked for 10 years as a research chemist for the Navy, then another seven years as the Environmental Compliance manager of a Naval Sea Systems Command Research facility in Silver Spring, Maryland. He then helped develop joint Navy-EPA environmental regulations, first for the Navy, then for EPA.

Since 2000, Carlson has worked for NOAA as a Sea Grant Program Officer. In 2007, he became the Research Director of Sea Grant.

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Cheng, Helen

Helen Cheng is the Coastal Communities Specialist for the National Sea Grant Office.  She is a recipient of the 2015 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

Helen recently received her M.S. degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 2014, studying the environmental influences on American horseshoe crab behavior and distribution in the Great Bay Estuary, NH U.S.A. She received her B.S. from Stony Brook University in 2009. Prior to joining National Sea Grant Office, Helen has worked and volunteered at several non-profit organizations  including the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the New York Aquarium, and participated in a variety of marine science research projects, education, and outreach.

Eigen, Jonathan

Jonathan Eigen is the Chief Financial Officer for the National Sea Grant College Program, Designated Federal Officer for the National Sea Grant Advisory Board, and the Program Officer for the Illinois-Indiana, Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania Sea Grant programs. He is also currently the Acting Deputy Director of the National Sea Grant College Program.

Jon graduated from the University of Maryland in 1988 with a BS in Marketing and Finance.  He completed his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis of Business Economics and Public Policy from The George Washington University.   His duties with the National Sea Grant College Program include all aspects of the Budget and Grants administration as well as serving as Program Officer for the Great Lakes Region.   Prior to joining NOAA in 1991 he worked in television sports for the now defunct Mizlou Sports News Network. His hobbies include basketball, reading science fiction/fantasy and board games. 

Fisher

Genene Fisher, Ph.D., is the Acting Assistant Director for Operations of the NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program. She is on detail from the National Weather Service through May 2015, where she is the Senior Advisor for Space Weather. Previously to joining NOAA, she was a Senior Policy Fellow at the American Meteorological Society Policy Program where she led science policy studies. Genene received her B.A. in Planetary and Space Science from Boston University and a Master of Public Policy and PhD in Atmospheric and Space Science from the University of Michigan.  

NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) is a competitive 18-month leadership development program. It provides a series of training and learning experiences for a cadre of NOAA employees who have high potential for assuming greater leadership responsibilities in the agency. The program promotes cross-line, multidisciplinary experiences that broaden participants’ understanding of NOAA’s strategic vision, mission, and goals, as well as our business processes. 

Galkiewicz, Julia

Julia Galkiewicz, Ph.D, (2020/Acentia Contractor to NOAA) is the new manager of the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship program and the NMFS Sea Grant Fellows program, and will work with the Sea Grant Educators Network.

Julia was previously a Communications Specialist with the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, where she also spent a year as a 2012 Knauss Fellow, managing projects that allowed scientists to share their cutting-edge research with other scientists, Congress, and the public. Julia also worked at the American Geophysical Union on the Thriving Earth Exchange, a new effort to connect communities with Earth and space scientists to solve global challenges on a local level. Julia received her Ph.D. in Marine Science at the University of South Florida, College of Marine Science and her B.Sc at the College of William and Mary.

Garber, Nikola

Nikola M. Garber, Ph.D., is the Acting Director of the National Sea Grant College Program.

Kola received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Bowling Green State University, her Master of Science degree in marine science/molecular biology and her Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation researched NOAA’s response to Hurricane Mitch and formulated a plan for Reconstruction Planning in NOAA. In 1999, Dr. Garber was a recipient of the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship working as a legislative fellow for Senator Ron Wyden. Kola joined NOAA Sea Grant in 2000 as the Sea Grant Knauss fellowship manager. Since then, Kola has spent a year on detail to NOAA leadership representing NOAA Research (OAR) in the Program Coordination Office and five years as the Assistant Director for Administration at Sea Grant.

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Garcia

Robin Garcia, (2020/Acentia Contractor to NOAA) is the Communication Specialist for the National Sea Grant Office. 

Robin was recently the Aquatic Specialist for Charles River Laboratories supporting the National Institutes of Health and she is the Social Media Blog Manager for DC EcoWomen.  Robin's career in science and communication is exemplified by several years of communication experience including two publications in peer-reviewed journals and extensive knowledge of social media use to share information.  Robin has served as a Marine Science Technician at Savannah State University and a Research Assistant for the NOAA Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research in Charleston, S.C. In addition, Robin is an active volunteer and experienced facilitator.   Robin received her M.S. in Marine Biology with Aquatic Toxicology Concentration from the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.  She received her B.S. in Marine Science, Biology, and Chemistry from the University of Miami.
 

Grimes, Sami

Sami Grimes is the Director of Planning and Evaluation and is the Program Officer for the Connecticut and Rhode Island Sea Grant programs.

Sami received her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from John Carroll University, and her Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Texas A&M University. In 2008, she received planning and evaluation certification from the Performance Institute. Prior to joining the NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office in 2003, she served as an educator for the Ohio school systems. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading and knitting.

Sami is currently on a developmental assignment in NOAA's Office of Coastal Management (OCM), where she is working on transforming the organization's evaluation needs and requirements and recommending courses of action. This assignment ends on April 30, 2015.

NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) is a competitive 18-month leadership development program. It provides a series of training and learning experiences for a cadre of NOAA employees who have high potential for assuming greater leadership responsibilities in the agency. The program promotes cross-line, multidisciplinary experiences that broaden participants’ understanding of NOAA’s strategic vision, mission, and goals, as well as our business processes. 

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Hayes, Chris

Chris Hayes is the Acting Director of Planning and Evaluation, and is the Program Officer for the Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi-Alabama, Texas and New Hampshire Sea Grant programs.

Chris has a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in Fisheries Sciences from Virginia Tech. As an undergraduate, Chris spent a year visiting five diverse countries through the International Honors Program: Global Ecology. Funded through the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), he published assessments of three species of hammerhead shark populations in his Master’s thesis. He was awarded the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in 2008 and worked in the NMFS Partnerships and Communications office. After some time with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program, Chris joined the National Sea Grant Office in 2010 and led development of the PIER database. In 2013, he initiated the Sea Grant Social Science Community of Practice and served as OAR's social science liaison to NOAA. In 2014, he became manager of the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

 

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Hinden, Jennifer

Jennifer Hinden (2020/Acentia Contractor to NOAA) is the Program Support Specialist for the National Sea Grant Office and has been with Sea Grant since 2012. In her current role, she supports the Director, Acting Deputy Director, Acting Director of Communication, and the National Sea Grant Advisory Board.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership.  Prior to joining Sea Grant, Jennifer was the Public Information Officer for Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management. There she provided information to media outlets by generating news, releases, holding press conferences, and acting as department spokesperson and media liaison to disseminate agency related information to inform and educate the public. She also spoke with various public schools and Senior Citizen groups on emergency preparedness and weather safety.

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Liffmann, Mike

Mike Liffmann is NOAA Sea Grant’s Extension Leader and Program Officer for the Alaska, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Michigan, MIT, Oregon, University of South California, California, and Woods Hole Sea Grant Programs.

Mike has been with the National Sea Grant Office since 2007. Prior to that, Mike worked with the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG) administered by LSU in Baton Rouge. He started working with LSG in 1984 and between 2002 and 2007 served as its Associate Executive Director. In that capacity, he provided leadership and program direction to the program's primary outreach components, i.e., Sea Grant Extension, Marine Education, and Communications and assisted in planning and proposal preparation processes. He has a M.A. (Regional and Latin American Economics) from LSU in 1971 and a B.S. (Economics) from Lamar University in 1969.

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Robinson, Mary

Mary Robinson is the Administrative Assistant for the National Sea Grant Office.

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Rohring, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Rohring is the Director of Communication with the National Sea Grant Program Office.  She is also the coordinator for the Sea Grant Social Science Community of Practice, and Program Officer for the National Sea Grant Law Center.

Elizabeth received her Master’s degree from Yale University, with advanced study areas in conservation biology of coral reef ecosystems and social ecology of natural resource users.  She has worked with the NOAA Ocean Service International Programs Office on socioeconomic issues relating to Caribbean MPAs and also as a Sea Grant Extension Agent in the U.S. Virgin Islands, focusing on engagement with the local fishermen.  She is the co-founder of the VI Coral Conservation Consortium and the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators.  She also served on the steering committee of the Caribbean Regional Association for CariCOOS. Prior to joining Sea Grant’s National Office, Elizabeth most recently worked as the COSEE Senior Ocean Science Education Specialist for the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History Sant Ocean Hall.  She is currently working on her Ph.D. at George Mason University in climate change outreach and engagement.

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