James Todd

Program Manager, OceanSITES
P: 301 734-1258
E: james.todd@noaa.gov

NOAA Climate Program Office
1315 East-West Hwy, SSMC-3, #2460
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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.


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