Kathy Tedesco

Program Manager, Carbon
P: 301 427-2462
E: kathy.tedesco@noaa.gov

NOAA Climate Program Office
1315 East-West Hwy, SSMC-3, #2834
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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.


1315 East-West Highway Suite 100
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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