Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Meet the Team

Director's Office


David Legler

Director, Ocean Observing and Monitoring Division
NOAA Climate Program Office
1315 East West Highway, #2460
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2460

Dr. David M. Legler currently serves as a Chief of NOAA’s Ocean Observing and Monitoring Division. The Division is leading NOAA’s efforts to develop and sustain a global observing system for climate. Dr Legler co-chairs the Observations Program Area of the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM - http://www.jcomm.info/) and co-chairs the US Inter-agency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC - http://www.iooc.us/).

Before coming to NOAA, Dr Legler directed the US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR – a program of the World Climate Research Program) Office in Washington, DC for over 10 years where he coordinated scientific and programmatic activities addressing a wide range of topics including the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). He has published on a range of topics such as ocean remote sensing, air-sea interaction, and the impacts of ENSO on North American climate and subsequent effects on US agriculture and water resources.

Monica Morales

Administrative Assistant
1315 East West Highway, #2702
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2466

Claudia Perez

Financial Specialist
1315 East West Highway, #2826
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2461



Ocean Observing Program


Steve Piotrowicz

Program Manager, Argo
1315 East West Highway, #2826
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2493

Stephen R. Piotrowicz graduated from Purdue University in 1967 with a B.S. in Chemistry.  After active duty in the United States Navy, he proceeded to the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, where he received his Ph.D. in Oceanography in 1977.  He conducted research on inorganic geochemistry from 1976 through 1992 - for two and one-half years in private industry and then at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida.  From 1992 to 2001 he served at the headquarters of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research developing and managing climate research programs and ocean observing systems.  He served as Deputy Director for the U.S. National Office for Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observations from 2001 to 2008.  Presently he is a Program Manager in NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Climate Program Office, Climate Observation Division with primary responsibility is for the U.S. component of the International Argo Profiling Float Program and is the U.S. Technical Expert for the U.S. delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Advisory Body of Experts on the Law of the Sea. 


Emily Smith

Program Manager, Tide Gauges
1315 East West Highway, #2829
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2463



Emily Smith received her doctorate in Oceanography from Louisiana State University in 2014, specializing in harmful algae. Before returning to graduate school, Emily spent several years as a middle school science teacher.  After graduate school she was accepted as a Knauss Fellow in the Ocean Observing and Monitoring Division as a Communication and Outreach Specialist focusing on developing a communication plan and strengthening relationships between labs, cooperative institutes, and headquarters. Emily is now a program manager and communications lead for OOM.  Her portfolio includes the Tide Gauge Stations and Sea Level Rise Center in Hawaii. 

Sidney Thurston

Program Manager, International Coordinator
1315 East West Highway, #2823
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2459

Sidney Thurston has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography and over 30 years experience in engineering and science Project Management, serving in both the private and public sectors.  Working with Rockwell International’s Advanced Satellite Systems Division during the 1980s, he contributed to the design of the “Strategic Defensive Initiative” satellite constellation.  After completing graduate degrees in Oceanography, he joined NOAA’s Office of Global Programs (OGP) in 1995.  While residing in Japan during the next six years, he conducted wave research with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (STA) while coordinating NOAA’s ocean climate observations with Asian Partners. He currently works for NOAA’s Global Ocean-Climate Observation Program on Overseas Program Development building Robust PANGEA Resource-Sharing Partnerships.  Dr. Thurston serves the Community as Chair of the WMO/IOC Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) Task Team for Capacity Building as a member of the DBCP Executive Committee, serves as NOAA’s representative to the Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS) and CLIVAR Indian Ocean Panel.   Dr. Thurston is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the U.S. National Engineering Honor Society, and Sigma Xi, National Scientific Research Honor Society.  Outside areas of interest include bicycling, scuba diving and international travel with his wife and three children.

Kathy Tedesco

Program Manager, Carbon
1315 East West Highway, #2834
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2462

Kathy received her B.S. in Geology from SUNY Stony Brook and her M.S in Geological Oceanography from the University of Colorado Boulder where her research focused on fluctuations in the Laurentide Ice Sheet and North Atlantic Heinrich Events during the Late Quaternary. Her Ph.D. research at the University of South Carolina was conducted as part of the CARIACO Times Series project where she examined the relationship between surface primary production, physical forcing variables, and marine sediments in the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela and applied the paleoenvironmental proxies developed as part of the sediment trap experiment to reconstruct the Late Holocene climate for the circum-Caribbean region. She was awarded a USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship to establish a subsurface sediment trap time series station in the northern Gulf of Mexico to calibrate sedimentary properties to current hydrographic and meteorological conditions for application to the Holocene climate record of the region.

Kathy arrived at OGP-NOAA in 2002 as a Knuass Fellow. She became Program Manager of the Global Carbon Cycle Program in OGP/CPO in 2003. Following this post she served as Director of the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO where she coordinated international ocean carbon research and observations. She currently serves as Program Manager in CPO-OOMD for Ocean Carbon Observations and the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS2020).

Kathy has participated in over 25 research expeditions as a student, instructor, scientist and chief scientist collecting and analyzing CFCs, SF6, 3HE, DIC, gravity and multi-cores, and recovery and deployment of sediment traps.


LCDR Megan Raymond

Operations Manager
1315 East West Highway, #2831
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2465

LCDR Raymond was appointed into the NOAA Corps in 2006 and has completed two sea assignments and three land assignments. Her first sea assignment was aboard NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, a hydrographic survey vessel. Her first land assignment was Expedition Operations Leader, located at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. This assignment enabled her to work with and sail on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, which prepared her to fill the role of Operations Officer on this same vessel during her second sea tour. LCDR Raymond then worked at OMAO Headquarters as Flag Secretary before reporting to the Program Coordination Office (PCO) as OMAO Program Coordination Officer.  She is currently the Operations Manager for the Ocean Observing and Monitoring Division in the Climate Program Office.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Sciences from the University of Maine.

James Todd
Program Manager,OceanSITES
1315 East West Highway, #2460 Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 734-1258

Jim joins the OOM family after 28-years in NOAA/OAR, first entering OAR in the Program Development and Coordination Office in 1988 and then moving to the Office of Global Programs, now Climate Program Office (CPO), in 1990. During his tenure in NOAA/OAR, Jim co-developed and managed the Ocean-Atmosphere Carbon Exchange Study (OACES) program and then developed and managed the CLIVAR Atlantic and Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) programs in CPO. In addition, Jim managed the Abrupt Climate Change Studies (ARCHES) program for several years. Over his tenure, Jim has managed programs that have contributed to the Joint Global Ocean Flux (JGOFS) Program of the IGBP and the World Ocean Circulation (WOCE) and Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Programs of the WCRP. This has included management contributions to major oceanographic process studies including the US JGOFS Equatorial Pacific (EqPac) Process Study and most recently the Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO) field campaign.

Prior to joining NOAA, Jim was a sea-going chemical oceanographer with expertise using natural occurring radionuclides (including radium-226, radium-228, radon-222, lead-210, polonium-210 and beryllium-7) in the study of oceanic processes. Jim says perhaps his most memorable experience in NOAA was diving in DSV Alvin to the Juan de Fuca Ridge, where he sampled radionuclides emanating from the hydrothermal vents. A Virginia lad at heart, Jim received his B.S. in Biology from James Madison University (1978) in Harrisonburg, VA and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Old Dominion University (1984) in Norfolk, VA after which he was a postdoctoral fellow/research assistant professor at the University of South Carolina until 1988.

Monitoring Program

Jennifer Saleem Arrigo

Program Manager
1315 East West Highway, #2818
Silver Spring, MD 20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2488


Jennifer Saleem Arrigo received her PhD in geography from Boston University in 2005, specializing in statistics and hydroclimatology. Her dissertation work focused on observational analyses of soil moisture - precipitation feedbacks and spatial scaling characteristics of soil moisture - outflow relationships, primarily in the American midwest. She spent 5 years as an assistant professor of atmospheric science at East Carolina University, and three years as a program manager and then deputy director of the non-profit university consortium, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc (CUAHSI), where she led efforts around community hydrologic modeling, data and informatics, and hydrology outreach and education. Within OOM, Jennifer manages the Monitoring program, serves as a data management liaison for the division, and is part of the USGCRP Indicators Interagency working group. 

Arctic Research Program
Jeremy Mathis

1315 East West Highway, #2821
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2470

Dr. Mathis has been working in the Arctic for the past 12 years and is an expert on carbon cycle processes and ocean acidification. Before joining NOAA in 2012, he served on the faculty and was the founding director of the Ocean Acidification Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Dr. Mathis has led numerous field campaigns in the Arctic and has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles on his research.  He has served as the Arctic lead for the North American Carbon Program and is co-chair of the Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry Ocean Acidification subcommittee.

As Director of the Arctic Research Program, Dr Mathis will provide guidance and mission leadership of OOM’s Arctic activities. He will also provide strategic leadership for OAR’s Arctic research activities and contribute leadership towards NOAA’s Arctic Science enterprise.


Sandy Starkweather

Program Manager
1315 East West Highway, #2824
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2471

Sandy Starkweather has a joint background in engineering (renewable energy systems) and earth science (Arctic climatology). She has worked in a consulting engineering capacity, university research, project management and planning. During this time, she spent twelve years traveling to/from Greenland to either participate in or support Arctic field research. Today, she combines these experiences to advance collaboration among independently funded, flagship Arctic observatories for the IASOA (http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/iasoa/) consortium and to advance the implementation of the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee's (IARPC) Five Year Plan for Arctic Research. She has a strong interest in improving the effectiveness of the Arctic research enterprise, particularly in situ observational research, through building stronger collaborations among all parties who benefit from sustained Arctic observing, from researchers through information and service end-users. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Science and Technology Policy Research to better understand and evaluate the institutional dimensions of the science-public interface.

Monique Baskin

Knauss Fellow
1315 East West Highway, #2830
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2423



Monique Baskin received her MA in International Affairs with a focus on Environmental issues and graduate certificate in Environmental Health, Science and Policy from The George Washington University in 2016. Before joining the Arctic Research Program as a Knauss fellow, she spent 12 years in the United States Air Force were she had a variety of roles to include: commanding and maintaining a nuclear weapon system, managing an$800K morale and welfare budget and planning and executing over 100 high ranking US military, civilian and foreign dignitary events to include Former President Reagan’s funeral. As an Ocean Acidification Specialist in ARP, she is responsible for coordinating with other scientists in the research group and providing specific input and data products for describing the impacts of ocean acidification in the U.S. Arctic, particularly Alaska and coordinate with others in the Climate Program Office (CPO) on Arctic initiatives. She will also be in charge of continuing to provide inputs to the Arctic Council through AMAP with regard to OA risk assessments in the Arctic.



Atmospheric Climate Observation Program

Howard J. Diamond

Program Manager, U.S. Climate Reference Network
NOAA Climate Program Office
1315 East West Highway, #2704
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5603
Tel: 301 427-2475

Dr. Howard J. Diamond is a Climate Scientist and Program Manager who works for NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information but has worked in and with the Climate Observation Division since 2007, and has also worked at NOAA in a variety of roles since 1981.  Most recently, he received his PhD in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Auckland in New Zealand in 2014.  In addition to his role as the Program Manager for the U.S. Climate Reference Network program (http://www.ncdcd.noaa.gov/crn), he also serves as the U.S. National Coordinator for the Global Climate Observing System (http://www.gosic.org/gcos/USGCOS.html) as well as the Director of the World Data Center for Meteorology (http://www.gosic.org/wdcmet), and in addition to climate observing, he also is involved in related climate data management work with a particular area of expertise in the Pacific Islands region of the world.  He is also very much involved in helping a wide variety of users by answering climate data questions for a wide variety of users on behalf of CPO's NOAA Climate Portal at https://www.climate.gov/.  The emphasis of his climate science research is focused on the Southern Hemisphere with several published papers on tropical cyclone climatology in the southwest Pacific, and recently, he has begun investigating the issue of sea ice extent in Antarctica.  His personal research site can be found at  http://apdrc.soest.hawaii.edu/projects/speartc/.


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