Dr. Amir Paknejad

Kelly Wilson brings more than 30 years of emergency management experience to ResilientRM. Throughout his career, he has responded to hundreds of international incidents, including responding to refinery HF acid fire, Incident Commander for the Agrifoss Fertilizer release, Deputy Incident Commander during Tennessee Valley Authority Ash Dam failure and serving as operations section chief during the Deepwater Horizon incident. Wilson previously served as manager of crisis and emergency management for Anadarko Petroleum Company’s worldwide operations. He has also held senior leadership roles at national emergency management companies as Vessel Qualified Individual and response services for marine industries to domestic and international clientele. He served as an officer with the U.S. Coast Guard in Houston Texas and participated in the Phillips 66 explosion and many other spills and incidents. He served as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Oil Spill and Emergency Management for the American Petroleum Institute and as chairman of the 2017 International Oil Spill Conference. Kelly Wilson, REM, CESCO brings more than thirty years of Emergency Management knowledge to CTEH. He is an expert in the field of International Emergency Response, and has responded to more than 200 incidents. Mr. Wilson contributes extensive experience in risk mitigation, crisis management, and disaster response with expertise in leadership, personnel training, budgeting, customer service, equipment maintenance, safety, and regulatory compliance. His additional areas of expertise include maintenance and deployment strategies, industrial pump and filtration systems, operation, and use. He is also familiar with shipping, pipelines, terminals, and refinery operations.

Cayla Dean is a doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University in the Oceanography Program focusing on physical oceanography. Her research focuses on computational fluid dynamics, bioturbulence, and dynamics of processes in the near-surface layer of the ocean. She is also the laboratory supervisor for the Physical Oceanography Laboratory. Cayla has presented her work at several major national and international science conferences and is an author on six articles in peer-reviewed journals. Cayla received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science with a minor in Biology from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC in 2009. She was a 2006 Hollings Scholar, which awarded her the opportunity to intern at NOAA. The advice of her mentor during this internship is what made Cayla choose to attend Nova Southeastern University. She received her Master’s degree in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University in 2014.

Dr. Paul Montagna is the Endowed Chair for Ecosystem Studies and Modeling at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  Dr. Montagna’s research focuses on assessing biological and ecological effects of oil seeps, oil spills, and offshore oil and gas exploration and production on continental shelves and the deep-sea; having worked in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska; Santa Barbara Channel and Santa Maria Basin, California; the Gulf of Mexico; Africa; and Asia.  He has focused on benthic ecology (for both macrofauna and meiofauna communities), genetic structure, population biology, reproduction and settling dynamics, trophic dynamics, food webs, productivity, microbial activity, toxicity, chemical-biological interactions, modeling, statistics and experimental design.  From 2011-2015, he led the technical assessment of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon (DwH) blowout on deep-sea soft-bottom benthos communities as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) program.  He continues to study the recovery of deep sea benthos from both the 1979 Ixtoc oil spill and the 2010 DwH oil spill.

Craig T. Castille is Managing Director of HWCG LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in offshore rig operations involving drilling, completions, well testing and abandonments on platform rigs, jack ups and floaters. Having gained both international and diverse experience since graduating in petroleum engineering from the University of Louisiana in 1985, Craig's experience includes; Oil & Gas Exploration, Exploitation and Development, Subsea Operations, Offshore Mining, Logistics & Construction at a Copper & Gold Mine and participation in industry advocacy groups such as the American Petroleum Institute (API),  Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) and American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). Craig concluded his over 7-year tenure at Stone Energy having successfully worked on the API Joint Industry Task Force (JITF) post Macondo, helped create Stone's SEMS Program, drilled and completed 6 deepwater wells, project managed re-engineering on the Completion, Workover & Riser System (CWOR) for the Pompano Phase II Wells, participated in two unannounced containment drills as the Source Control Section Chief (SCSC) and helped design, plan and implement two announced containment drills.

Craig T. Castille

Roger has 40+ years of service in the Oil and Gas sector since graduating from University of Louisiana. Roger began in oilfield equipment sales and service in the US land drilling sector. He served in various roles while serving two (3+ yr.) international tours in Nigeria's land and offshore markets and Scotland’s offshore markets.    

In 1985 Roger came back to South Texas as a land Operator. In 1988 Roger moved to Houston as a Corporate level Sales and BD position. He has held various titles with Camco, Schlumberger, Grant Prideco, and NOV through acquisitions including GoM Sales Manager for Offshore Operations. He joined add energy in early 2014 as BD Manager for the Well Control Group. Roger currently serves as GM of Operations and BD for the Houston/North America office of add energy llc.

Alexander V. Soloviev

John Reed is a Research Professor at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), Florida Atlantic University, and Principal Investigator for The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology of NOAA. He specializes in research and conservation of coral reefs, including deep-water Lophelia and Oculina coral reefs off the southeastern U.S., and mesophotic coral reefs of the Caribbean, Bahamas, Cuba, and Florida. He has conducted over 60 research expeditions as Chief Scientist during the past 42 years, visiting 40 countries, including Seychelles, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Galapagos Islands, Pearl Islands, Azores, Canaries, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and throughout the Bahamas, and Caribbean. In 2017 he led a 30-day expedition, circumnavigating Cuba, to survey their mesophotic reefs for the first time. He has utilized research vessels from HBOI, NOAA and NASA as platforms for manned submersibles, ROVs, and AUVs. John also heads the Collections and Taxonomy Department for the Biomedical Marine Research Program (BMR) at HBOI. He is curator for BMR’s museum (>30,000 deep and shallow water marine organisms), submersible videotapes and photographic archives. John’s research on the deep-water Oculina coral reefs off Florida since 1976 has resulted in the establishment of a 600 sq.mi. Oculina Coral Marine Protected Area, the first in the world to protect deep-water coral. His current research on the deep-water Lophelia reefs off the southeastern United States at depths of 2500 ft has been instrumental in the newly established  23,000 sq. mi. deep-water coral habitat area of particular concern from North Carolina to south Florida. John‘s research on deep-water reefs began 42 years ago when he started at Harbor Branch for the Division of Marine Science. He has >100 publications, reports, and articles on worldwide research expeditions, deep-sea coral reef research, and biomedical research. John received his B.S. from the University of Miami and M.S., specializing in marine ecology, from Florida Atlantic University in 1975.

Prof. John Reed

Rear Admiral Brown serves as Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District headquartered in Miami, Florida. As District Commander, he is responsible for all Coast Guard operations in the Southeast United States and the Caribbean Basin, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Seventh District encompasses an area of 1.8 million square miles and shares operational borders with 34 Foreign Nations and Territories.

​Promoted to flag rank in 2013, Rear Admiral Brown previously served as Assistant Commandant for Response Policy at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Rear Admiral Brown oversaw the development of strategic response doctrine and policy guidance for all Coast Guard forces. These policies encompass seven of the eleven operational maritime missions in the areas of law enforcement, search and rescue, counterterrorism and defense operations, oil spill response, incident management and preparedness, and contingency exercise programs.

​Rear Admiral Brown’s personal awards include three Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, two Commendation Medals, three Achievement Medals, and numerous unit and team awards.

Matt Cadwallader studied at the University of Western Sydney and began his professional career in Australia as a wildlife cameraman, making documentaries for the likes of the Discovery Channel and the BBC. In 2001, Cadwallader moved to the US and studied geographical information systems at the University of Southern Maine, focusing on satellite image analysis. Cadwallader started with Horizon Marine as an EddyWatch Analyst in 2006, and as Business Development Manager Cadwallader is now responsible for ensuring clients are getting the information and services they need to help make multi-million dollar go/no-go decisions. 

Matt Cadwallader

Having graduated from the University of London with a BSc. (Hons) Geology in 1981 Andy went on to complete his MPhil in Geology before joining the Oil Industry in 1984.

He has since been involved in projects of ever increasing complexity relating to the introduction and coordination of pioneering innovations, including Level 5 multilateral completion technology, rotary steerable expertise and game-changing air-mobile capping stack equipment.

Andy has been heavily involved in risk management throughout assignments in Norway, across SE Asia, Poland and in the USA.  He has authored over 20 industry related papers and articles for the SPE, IADC, ASME and the PMI on Directional Drilling, Multilateral Technology, contingency well control measures and project management, has 7 patents and another 20 patents pending relating to well control and project management.

Andy Cuthbert

Angela Mariana (Manana) Freyre is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Squire Patton Boggs. She has more than 30 years of experience leading major international business and financial transactions and strategies as well as government-to-government engagement. She recently served in the US government from June 2011 to September 2017 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, responsible for the legal oversight of the bank’s international activities, including cross-border financing transactions in the billions of dollars that involved various industry sectors (including energy, telecommunications and transportation), as well as the financing of foreign governmental and private entities. Manana also concurrently served as Special Advisor for Cuba Policy in the National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President of the United States at the end of the Obama Administration, where working with the Departments of Treasury, State and Commerce, she advised on the implementation of the administration’s new Cuba policy.

Dr Lee Hunt was President and Chief Executive from 1990 - 2012 of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). Where he was responsible for managing IADC’s worldwide operations. Dr. Hunt joined IADC in 1984 and held various positions including Manager for State Government Affairs, Environmental Affairs and Human Resources.

Dr Hunt holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University and received his law degree from South Texas College of Law. Before joining IADC, Dr Hunt was a training coordinator for National Supply Co., operated his own management company and was a professor of political science at Wayne State University and the University of Houston.

Commander Keith M. Donohue, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), is currently seconded to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a consultant to the Regional Activity Center/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean Region (RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe).  In this position he works directly with Nations and Territories, as well as commercial and nongovernment organizations (NGOs), to assist with the ratification and implementation of international conventions and protocols aimed at preventing and responding to oil spills and other threats to the marine environment throughout the Caribbean.

He holds a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Oceanography from Florida Tech; and Merchant Mariner Credentials for Uninspected Passenger Vessels and Inland Vessels Not More Than 25 Gross Tons.  He is a certified Type 1 Incident Commander, ICS 300 Instructor, Facility Security Officer and a Master Exercise Practitioner.  His personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, five CG Commendation Medals, two CG Achievement Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

Dr. Thomas Coolbaugh is an Oil Spill Response Advisor for Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Safety, Security, Health and Environment Support organization.  He is Vice Chair of IPIECA’s Oil Spill Working Group, a member of the API Spills Advisory Group, the Marine Preservation Association Dispersant Advisory Committee, and the science advisory panel of the University of New Hampshire/NOAA Coastal Response Research Center.  He was a member of the committee that prepared the National Research Council report on “Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment.” His focus is often on the subject of the science and regulatory aspects of the use of dispersants during an oil spill.  He is a member of the recently formed US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on The Evaluation of the Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spill Response.  Tom received his B.A. in chemistry from Amherst College, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech (Advisor: Professor Robert Grubbs, 2005 Nobel Laureate), and obtained an M.S. in the Management of Technology from New York University.

Dr. Thomas Coolbaugh

RADM Peter Brown

Angela Mariana (Manana) Freyre

Paul Schuler

Mr. Schuler is the Director of External Affairs for the Americas for Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL). Formerly he was CEO of Clean Caribbean & Americas (CCA).  He is a recognized expert on international aspects of oil spill preparedness and response, in particular on the science and use of dispersants to combat oil spills.

Mike Cargol’s oil and gas career has spanned 23 years and ranges from operational to management roles in drilling, completion, intervention, abandonment, well control and subsea operations. In his current position as Vice President of Rental & Services at Trendsetter Engineering, Inc., Mike and his team are responsible for ensuring a state of deployment and operational readiness for subsea capping stacks and response systems staged around the world as well as working with industry to improve the level of response preparedness should a subsea well control event occur.

Prior to joining the Trendsetter team in 2013, he served as General Manager for Wild Well Control’s subsea response division, during which time he played an active role in the Deepwater Horizon response subsea source control operations. 

Mike Cargol

Dr. Susanne Lehner

Dr. Susanne Lehner studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She received her MSc (1979) in Applied Mathematics at Brunel University, Uxbridge (UK) and received her PhD 1984 in Geophysics at the University of Hamburg. During the PhD she worked as a research scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. She joined the German Aerospace Center DLR/DFD in 1996. Since 1999 she was head of the team Radar Oceanography at DLR, Institute for Remote Sensing Technology (IMF), Oberpfaffenhofen. In SAR Oceanography research focused on developing algorithms to extract information on the wind field, sea state, currents and underwater topography from SAR images. Recent interest in addition to global sea state measurements is in high resolution coastal SAR Oceanography, especially TerraSAR-X oceanography and meteo-marine observations and maritime traffic and oil slick and seep detection as well as surveillance in near real time. From 2013-2015 she established DLR´s Maritime Security Lab for the MF institute in Bremen working on SAR ship and wake detection, oil detection, environmental meteo-marine parameters and sea ice classification. She holds an affiliated faculty position at the Nova Southeastern University, Port Everglades, Florida (USA). She was appointed as Affiliated Faculty Member at the Halmos college in 2013. Currently she is working on establishing international maritime projects for DLR in the institute of Remote Sensing Technology, Oberpfaffenhofen.

Brett Morry

Brett Morry’s oil & gas career has spanned thirty years with a mixture of experience in operational and management roles for Operators as well as Service Companies. Mr. Morry specializes in offshore deepwater development, ROV and Survey Operations, subsea engineering and project management. In his current role as Global Technical Director at Trendsetter Engineering, Brett & his team are responsible for all aspects of Source Control emergency response preparedness including training, exercise support & facilitation as well as the provision of subject matter expertise related to Capping & Containment operations.

Mr. Morry is one of the founding members of Trendsetter Engineering and has played an active role in the creation of all the various consortium Capping Stacks that Trendsetter has built. Prior to Trendsetter, Mr. Morry worked for ExxonMobil and BP on their subsea development teams where one of his prime duties was the development of an ROV simulator.

For nearly 20 years Dan has led EDF’s projects in Cuba to promote sustainable fisheries and the conservation of critical marine and coastal ecosystems. Dan and his team helped Cuban scientists design an island-wide network of marine parks and nature preserves aimed at protecting Cuba’s remarkable coral reefs and other critical habitats. He has worked alongside Cuban lawyers, policy makers and conservationists to identify new science-based approaches to managing fisheries, and is spearheading an innovative community-based program with fishermen designed to end overfishing and rebuild fish populations.

Since 2008 Dan has been especially active in promoting scientific exchange and environmental cooperation between the United States and Cuba and has been recognized by both governments for his efforts to facilitate a fruitful dialogue between former adversaries.

Dan has worked at EDF since 1997 on a variety of issues, including forest conservation, agricultural pollution, fisheries management and marine conservation. He taught environmental law at Wake Forest University Law School and was an environmental policy advisor in the administration of former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. He also practiced environmental and energy law at Van Ness Feldman in Washington, DC. 

Daniel Whittle

Dr. Richard J. McLaughlin is Endowed Chair for Coastal and Marine Policy and Law at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  Dr. McLaughlin has research interests in a broad range of marine and coastal policy and legal issues including the international law of the sea, ocean energy policies, ocean and coastal governance, and marine ecosystem-based management. He has been actively involved in a variety of leadership positions in the marine law and policy field, is a former Fulbright Scholar to Japan and has published over eighty articles and monographs on marine and coastal policy issues.  Prior to joining HRI in 2005, Dr. McLaughlin was Professor of Law and Ray and Louise Stewart Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law where he regularly taught International Law, Property Law, Admiralty Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, International Environmental Law, and other courses.  Dr. McLaughlin currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scientific Assessment, a group that advises the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regarding development of Outer Continental Shelf energy and mineral resources. A graduate of Tulane University Law School and the University of Washington School of Law, he holds a doctorate degree in law from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. 

Dr. Richard McLaughlin

A Strategic Resource for the Global Oil & Gas Exploration Industry

Dr. McKinney received his doctorate from Texas A&M University in 1976. He is the Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, leading an interdisciplinary team that integrates science, policy and socio-economic expertise to assure an economically and environmentally sustainable Gulf. Dr. McKinney also heads Texas OneGulf, a RESTORE Center of Excellence. He is a member and past chair of the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee; the Texas Sea Grant Science Advisory Committee; NASA’s SSC Applied Sciences Steering Committee; and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative. Dr. McKinney was also a board member and past president of the Texas Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Policy Committees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the National Association of Marine Labs.

HRI is active in both Mexico and Cuba, having special licenses to work in Cuba since 2000. HRI has existing agreements with the University of Havana and the National Aquarium and ongoing research projects related to ocean observing, coastal and marine conservation, as well as, socio-economic assessments of fisheries and ecotourism.

Dr. Larry McKinney

PhD in Biological Sciences (2010). Director of Center of Marine Research at the University of Havana (2014). Faculty (Profesora Titular) and Researcher at Center of Marine Research at the University of Havana. Member of Marine Ecology group. Research fields: Community, population and individual level indicators in ecological research of coral, sponges, gorgonians and sea urchins; Natural and anthropogenic impact on coral reefs; Conservation and management of coastal ecosystems. Courses delivered (undergraduate and postgraduate): Structure and function of marine ecosystems; Marine Ecology; Components and processes of Coastal Ecosystems. Participation in more than 10 research projects; more than 30 articles published in peer review journals and advisor of more than 15 thesis. Others: Affiliate faculty of the University of Vermont (USA); Member of Scientific council of CIM-UH; Member of Postgraduate University Council; Head of Master Program in Marine Biology and Aquaculture; Head of PhD Program in Marine Biology and Aquaculture; Member of IBERMAR network; Member of National Oceanographic Committee.

Dra. Patricia González Díaz

Dr. Lee Hunt

Commander Keith M. Donohue

Will Perrie is a Senior Research Scientist with DFO at Bedford Institute of Oceanography and Adjunct Faculty member at Dalhousie University. His degrees are from University of Toronto (B.Sc., 1973) and MIT (Ph.D., 1979). His areas of research interest are ocean waves, air-sea interactions, sea-ice, atmosphere-ocean coupled dynamics, marine storms, remote sensing, regional climate and climate change in the North Atlantic and the Arctic. He is Editor–in–Chief of a leading journal in oceanography (Ocean Modelling) since 2008. Presently, he supervises several postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, and support staff.

Mike Drieu

Dr. Amir Paknejad is a petroleum engineer and currently serves as VP of Flow Engineering at add energy llc. Amir has worked with transient multi-phase flow hydraulics for more than ten years. He has developed the Well Intervention Toolkit at Boots & Coots Technology Group which was utilized for several relief well intervention operations. Amir has worked on more than 100 blowout and kill analysis covering the determination of the kill requirements such as kill rate, mud density, equipment, pumping resources, number of relief wells and more. Amir has been in charge of WCD and soft shut-in analysis in more than 30 planned or unannounced real-time source control and emergency response drills held by MWCC, HWCG and OSRL members in US, Europe and Australia. Also, he has responded to several actual well control incidents. Amir holds a BSc. degree in chemical engineering from the Petroleum University of Technology in Ahwaz and a MSc. and PhD in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

In June 2012, Michael Sams became the inaugural Incident Management and Preparedness Advisor for the Eighth Coast Guard District located in New Orleans, LA. Mr. Sams serves as the District’s lead expert on Coast Guard operations and connectivity under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) and the National Response Framework (NRF). Mr. Sams serves as the co-chair for Regions 6, 7, & 8 Regional Response Teams, and regional chair for the Mexico/United States Joint Response Team.

Alexander Soloviev is a Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Dania Beach, Florida, USA. He is teaching graduate courses, Concepts in Physical Oceanography and Biophysical Interactions in the Ocean, and conducting research. Dr. Soloviev is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He was previously a Visiting Scientist at the University of Hawaii and University of Hamburg and a Scientist in the two leading institutions of the former Soviet Academy of Sciences: P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology and A.M. Oboukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics.
Dr. Soloviev participated in several major oceanographic (POLYMODE, JASIN, FGGE, TOGA COARE, GASEX) and oil spill (GoMRI) experiments. He is the author and co-author of more than 70 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals. In co-authorship with Prof. Roger Lukas from the University of Hawaii, he wrote a monograph "The Near-Surface Layer of the Ocean: Structure, Dynamics, and Applications", published by Springer.
Alexander is a naturalized US citizen. He received his Diploma of Engineer from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1976 and the Ph.D. and Habilitation (Dr. Sci.) degrees from the former Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1979 and 1992, respectively. In 2010, he received his MBA degree from the University of Florida.
Dr. Soloviev has been PI and co-PI on a number of research projects funded by the US Federal Government and private industries.

Dr. Jodi Harney

Cayla Dean

Michael Sams

Kelly Wilson

As Energy Director at CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA), Dr. Harney’s principal role is to develop, implement, and manage projects in the offshore oil and gas industry and renewable energy markets. Dr. Harney is also a Senior Scientist at CSA, providing marine environmental consulting services including impact assessments and baseline studies in the U.S. and worldwide, with international offices in Brazil, Australia, Trinidad, Qatar, and the Eastern Mediterranean. Her expertise is in coastal and ocean systems, from intertidal to deep marine environments, including water column and benthic studies. Dr. Harney supports CSA’s Life of Field Services to the offshore energy industry, including Marine Environmental Services for Spill Response, assisting offshore energy clients with planning for and responding to oil spills. She also supports CSA’s Environmental Data and Geospatial Services (EDGS), assisting clients with the management, centralization, and visualization of environmental and geospatial data. For three years following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Harney participated in the design, implementation, and management of sampling programs for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment.

Michael has 34 years in the oilfield service industry involving marine salvage, emergency response management, commercial vessel compliance in accordance with US and International laws. His last 13 years focused primarily on well containment, well control and offshore emergency response and prevention working with Wild Well Control and currently with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as an HSE Advisor.   

Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from U.S. Coast Guard Academy, retiring in 2005 as Commander.

Will Perrie

Villy Kourafalou

Villy Kourafalou is Research Professor at the Department of Ocean Sciences in the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is an expert in coastal dynamics, extending to the shelf break processes and interaction with oceanic flows. Her biogeochemical research applications include modeling of oil trajectories, larval, nutrient and sediment transport. After receiving a PhD at the University of Miami in 1993, Kourafalou worked in Italy and Greece, before returning to the U.S. in 2001. She has been lead PI in several projects, including for the understanding of hydrocarbon pathways in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits. Starting with a post-doctoral fellowship by the European Union, Kourafalou has benefited from international work recognition and diverse collaborations. She has dedicated efforts in facilitating international partnerships in ocean prediction and the exchange of best practices and scientific methods, leading a dedicated Task Team since 2009. She also leads the Coastal and Shelf Modeling Lab at the University of Miami and co-directs a center dedicated to Ocean Modeling and Observing System evaluation and design, a University of Miami and NOAA partnership. She has chaired several international workshops and conference sessions. In addition to her leading role in the international ocean modeling and forecasting community, Kourafalou has dedicated substantial efforts to increase awareness and build strategies for inclusive practices in the academia and in research centers. She has chaired committees and directed programs to promote equal opportunities for scientists at all levels of their career, toward a truly diverse oceanographic community.

Roger Pool

Dr. Paul Montagna