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STELLWAGEN BANK SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

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Research Primary Member

Tracey Dalton

Tracey Dalton

Tracey Dalton is a professor of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. Her research covers a variety of topics, all involving human interactions with marine and coastal environments. She has conducted studies on how people think about and use coastal and marine environments, the social and economic impacts of using space in different ways, and participatory processes for planning and managing human interactions with marine environments. She frequently collaborates with researchers in other disciplines, like marine ecologists and economists, to carry out interdisciplinary projects. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, RI Sea Grant, Northeast Regional Sea Grant, and other funding agencies and findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ocean and Coastal Management, Coastal Management, Marine Policy, Environmental Management, Conservation Biology, Marine Pollution Bulletin and other peer-reviewed journals. At URI, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on human use and management of the marine environment, management of marine protected areas, and coastal zone management, and advises undergraduate and graduate students on research projects. She holds a BS in Chemistry from Boston College and a PhD in Environmental Science with a policy specialization from the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Research Alternate

Les Kaufman

Les Kaufman

Les Kaufman is marine ecologist with a broad range of interests related to the evolution, ecology, and conservation of aquatic species. He is a Professor in the Boston University Marine Program, and has been conducting research and teaching about marine ecological and fishery-related issues in Massachusetts since 1980. He also holds posts as Marine Conservation Fellow with Conservation International, Research Scholar with The New England Aquarium, and Associate in Ichthyology at Harvard University. Les studies all manner of things that influence the diversity of aquatic life (fishes are his favorites), and the relationships between aquatic ecosystems and human well-being. He has conducted field, laboratory, and modeling studies for decades on Stellwagen Bank and the watersheds of Massachusetts Bay. Away from home, Les specializes on coral reefs and tropical great lakes, particularly coral reefs of the northern and southern west Atlantic, Lake Victoria in East Africa, and the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) and lower Mekong of Cambodia. The research in his lab centers on the dynamics of human-natural coupled systems- that is, how people live with, depend upon, and steward nature. His larger goal is to do science that helps us to sustain natural resources such as healthy ocean ecosystems and fisheries, and enables us adapt to climate change. His current projects are addressing human impacts on forage fishes and their predators in Massachusetts, coral reef recovery, and sustainability of food, energy, and water production systems.  In addition to his responsibilities for BUMP, Les leads the program on Coupled Human and Natural Systems at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future (a BU interdisciplinary thinktank), and teaches interdisciplinary courses on science, ethics and decision-making in the Kilachand Honors College. He also heads the MIMES/MIDAS research team on coastal ecological economics, with study areas in the US, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. He has long served on New England Fishery Management Council committees, works with NOAA colleagues and fishermen to modernize federal ocean science and fisheries management, and is on the leadership team for the Coral Restoration Consortium. Les writes popular books, magazine articles and for television, including multiple stints as either author or subject with NOVA and National Geographic. He is an avid sportfisherman, diver, naturalist, aquarist, and outdoorsman and is particularly concerned with the challenges of balancing the present and future needs of our ocean wildlife, fisheries, and fishery-dependent families.


Research Primary Member


Mason Weinrich

Mason Weinrich

Mason Weinrich is the founder, executive director of The Whale Center of New England based in Gloucester, MA, and is also adjunct faculty at Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. During his tenure at WCNE, Mason has provided the community with a powerful educational presence, in addition to achieving seminal international research publications and presentations on humpbacks and right whale populations for over 34 years. He also trained over 200 naturalists and interns, and served as an active marine mammal strandings organizer for Gloucester waters and Jeffreys Ledge and land based strandings from Nahant MA through Seabrook NH. He has been a vital supporter of ocean based conservation in Massachusetts serving on various government committees and working with the fishing industries and NOAA.


Research Alternate

Dr. Joseph Levine

Dr. Joseph Levine

Dr. Joseph Levine is a science educator, author, and producer, with decades of interest in marine organisms and ecosystems. He earned a B.S. from Tufts, a Masters from the Boston University Marine Program, and a Ph.D. working between Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Laboratory of Sensory Physiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He taught introductory biology, ecology, marine biology, neurobiology, and coral reef biology at Boston College, and led a field course in coral reef biology in Belize. He teaches Inquiry in Rain Forests, a graduate professional development course for biology teachers, through the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. Following a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH, he produced science features for NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, served as scientific advisor to NOVA for programs including Judgment Day, and helped launch the original Discover Magazine for the Discovery Channel. He served as Science Editor for the OMNI-MAX films Cocos: Island of Sharks and Coral Reef Adventure, and for two PBS series, including The Secret of Life, and Evolution. He has also designed exhibit programs for state aquarium projects in Texas, New Jersey, and Florida. He co-authors (with Kenneth Miller) Biology (Pearson Education) the most widely-used high school biology program in the U.S. - and the first to include substantive coverage of evolution, climate change, and marine ecosystems.


Conservation Primary Member

Howard Rosenbaum

Howard Rosenbaum

Dr. Howard Rosenbaum directs the Wildlife Conservation Society's Ocean Giants Program, which aims to secure the future of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. For more than 25 years, Dr. Rosenbaum's work has focused on innovative conservation science for protecting endangered whales and dolphins, and his efforts address current and emerging threats to these iconic marine species and their important biologically important habitats. Dr. Rosenbaum got his start in whale conservation in New England, and has since published papers on conservation genetics of North Atlantic right whale whales and North Atlantic humpback whales. Dr. Rosenbaum is also a Senior Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, an adjunct faculty member at New York University and Columbia University, and a member of the United States delegation to the International Whaling Commission, the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group, and has been an Associate Editor for the journal Marine Mammal Science.


Conservation Alternate

Wayne Petersen

Wayne Petersen

Wayne R. Petersen is Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. As co-author of Birds of Massachusetts (1993) and co-editor of the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas (2003), his knowledge of the habitats, distribution, and status of the Commonwealth's bird life is both extensive and wide-ranging. A New England Regional Editor for North American Birds magazine and editor of the New England Christmas Bird Count, Wayne's knowledge of the seasonal distribution of New England bird life give him a wide perspective when thinking about Important Bird Areas in Massachusetts and beyond. Among his other writing projects are authorship of the National Audubon Society's Pocket Guide to Songbirds and Familiar Backyard Birds (East), and Birds of New England (with Roger Burrows), and contributing to The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, and Arctic Wings. Wayne leads international birding tours for Mass Audubon and Field Guides, Inc. and serves on the advisory committee of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Council, and is a board member of the Wildlands Trust. In 2005 Wayne was the recipient of the American Birding Association's Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology.


Conservation Primary

Chris McGuire

Chris McGuire

Chris McGuire is the Marine Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. He shapes marine priorities at the state level while harnessing the Conservancy's global experience and scientific expertise to develop innovative conservation solutions. Chris is focused on conserving Massachusetts' critical marine and coastal systems by: developing market incentives to encourage more sustainable fishing through partnerships with commercial fishermen; advancing conservation positive ocean planning efforts; and using natural solutions to reduce the risks of climate change. Before joining the Conservancy he worked as Captain aboard oceanographic sailing research vessels at Sea Education Association for more than a decade, where he taught accredited college courses and directed six week educational programs at sea. Chris graduated from Connecticut College, holds a 1600 ton USCG Ocean Master's license, and earned a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island. When not pursuing marine conservation initiatives Chris can often be found working on home improvement projects on Cape Cod with his kids.


Conservation Alternate

Dr. John Mandelman

Dr. John Mandelman

Dr. John Mandelman is the Vice President and Chief Scientist of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, which encompasses all of the Institution's solutions-driven scientific research, engagement and conservation work. Dr. Mandelman has resided at the Aquarium in various capacities since 2001, while concurrently completing his doctoral work in Biology at Northeastern University in 2006. In collaboration with various colleagues around the globe, his research focuses on the physiological ecology and conservation physiology of marine fishes, with a specific focus on better understanding and mitigating the lethal and sublethal effects of human-induced disturbances on vulnerable and/or socioeconomically important species, particularly in the Gulf of Maine. All of his work aims to generate best-practice mitigation strategies that directly aid or inform fisheries management processes and policies. In addition to his primary role at the New England Aquarium, Dr. Mandelman is Research Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston. There he advises several grad students as part of the UMass Intercampus Marine Program and teaches courses in general ichthyology as well as the physiological ecology and conservation of fishes.


Education Primary Member

Susan Farady

Susan Farady

Susan Farady is an Assistant Professor of Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She teaches courses in interdisciplinary marine law and policy, oversees curriculum offerings, and researches ocean governance and marine spatial planning issues.
Previously, she was the Director of the Marine Affairs Institute and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, and adjunct faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Law. In that capacity, she was responsible for the education, outreach and research programs of the Institute, including the joint degree program with the University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs, activities with Rhode Island Sea Grant, and marine affairs curriculum and outreach activities at the School of Law.
Ms. Farady has published and presented on marine protected areas, the National Marine Sanctuary Act and marine governance reform, regularly presents on marine policy and law topics, and is co-author of a textbook, Marine and Coastal Law (2d ed. 2010).
Prior to joining Roger Williams, she opened and directed the New England office of The Ocean Conservancy, where she worked on marine ecosystem conservation initiatives and ocean governance reform. Her other experience includes five years as a practicing attorney, positions in marine biology research, and four years as professional crew aboard sail training vessels and yachts. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in biology from the University of Colorado, participated in the SEA (Sea Education Association) program, received her J.D. from Vermont Law School, and serves as an advisor to several government, non-profit, and academic bodies engaged in marine and environmental issues.


Education Alternate


Christina Ciarametaro

 


Education Primary Member

Richard Delaney

Rich Delaney (Vice Chair)

Richard F. Delaney is the President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA.  Previously, Mr. Delaney was the founding Director of the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston; served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts for Governor Dukakis; was the National Chair of the Coastal States Organization in Washington DC representing the views of the 35 coastal states, Great Lake states and US territories and their Governors on legislative and budgetary matters before Congress.
Mr. Delaney has provided consultations to governments in over 20 countries, regarding coastal and ocean management, capacity building, institutional strengthening, and public education outreach campaigns and was actively involved with  preparations for the  Earth Summit Rio +20  held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 focusing on sustainable develop and conservation of global oceans and coasts.
He also serves as Chair of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council; Chair for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission and Chair of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s Wastewater Task Force.
He has BS in Political Science from Harvard, has completed graduate studies in environmental planning and landscape architecture at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and completed a Certificate Program for Senior Executives at JKF School of Government.


Education Alternate

Monica Pepe

Monica Pepe

Monica Pepe acquired a Bachelor's degree in marine science from the Richard Stockton College of NJ in 2009 and, shortly after, joined Whale and Dolphin Conservation as a field research intern. She returned to WDC the following year as a supervisory intern assisting with new intern training. She was hired as part-time staff in 2011 and became full-time in 2012. She is the Intern and Volunteer Coordinator for WDC's North American office and remains a key contact for the Whale SENSE, Dolphin SMART, and "See A Spout, Watch Out!" boater outreach programs. She also sits on the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium's Education Committee and serves as WDC's international Education Manager. WDC reaches thousands of school-aged children each year through in school presentations (with a life-size inflatable right whale!) and Skype in the Classroom sessions.


Marine Transportation Primary Member


Bob McCabe

Marine Transportation Alternate


Carol Voigt

Recreational Fishing Primary Member

Kevin Blinkoff

Kevin Blinkoff

Kevin Blinkoff is an avid angler and the Executive Editor at On The Water, the Northeast’s largest recreational fishing media group. On The Water produces a monthly print magazine, a television show on Comcast SportsNet, and a highly trafficked website and social media presence. Kevin writes a weekly fishing column for the Boston Herald and contributes a weekly segment to the Cape and Islands NPR station. He has a graduate degree in Marine Biology from the Boston University Marine Program, where he worked in Dr. Les Kaufman’s lab to complete a master’s thesis on fish sampling inside and outside of the Western Gulf of Maine closed area on Stellwagen Bank. He received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management at Cornell University and has worked for the Conservation Law Foundation, the New England Aquarium, and the Fisheries Observer Program.


Recreational Fishing Alternate

Tim Brady

Tim Brady

Captain Tim Brady, Jr., holds the world's largest tonnage Captain's license from the International Maritime Organization as well as the U.S. Coast Guard's highest tonnage license. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Mass. Maritime Academy (MMA) and a Master's Degree from Cambridge College. Captain Brady is a professor at MMA and teaches all of the tanker operations courses. He has been working on party boats out of Plymouth MA since the age of 10. Earning his initial captain's license at age 19, he has sailed throughout the world in the merchant marine and is a merchant marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Captain Brady owns and operates Capt. Tim Brady and Sons Deep Sea Fishing out of Plymouth and has been fishing and whale watching on Stellwagen Bank since 1973.


Whale Watching Primary Member

Laura Howes

Laura Howes

Laura has been involved in many aspects of the whale watch community in the Gulf of Maine as a researcher, naturalist, and crew member. She is currently the Director of Marine Education and Conservation at Boston Harbor Cruises. Her work entails working as an educator aboard whale watches, training other naturalists in conservation messaging, and managing their research and data collection programs. Laura received her B.A. in Human Ecology in 2009 at College of the Atlantic, where she concentrated in Marine Science and Conservation. As a human ecologist, one of the things she cares most about is protecting our environment, while at the same time not forgetting that humans are a part of that environment. As an undergrad Laura worked with Allied Whale, studying the humpback and fin whale populations in the Gulf of Maine and developing a senior thesis comparing humpback entanglement rates in fishing gear. Laura got her start whale watching in Bar Harbor, where she worked as a marine mammal research assistant. After working a few seasons up north, she moved to Massachusetts in 2011 to work for the Whale Center of New England managing their research database and also began working with Boston Harbor Cruises. Since then she has spent the majority of her field season out in the Sanctuary, where in her free time she also volunteers with the SBNMS as a marine mammal observer on various trips such as the humpback DTagging project.


Whale Watch Alternate


Steve Milliken


Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing Primary Member

William Adler

William Alder

Bill Adler has actively owned and operated a lobster business and continues to fish on his vessel the F/V Valhalla. He is the former Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association and is now the Executive Consultant to the MLA. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (state regulatory body), formerly as its Chair as well as Vice-Chair. Mr. Adler is a Governor's Appointee to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Mr. Adler received a B.A. in English from Stonehill College. He received his M.A. in English from Northeastern University Graduate School. He taught school from 1967-1974. Mr. Adler remains active in many fisheries organizations including the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council. He serves as current Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Lobster Institute of the University of Maine. He is a member of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation-Board of Directors. Mr. Adler is also currently a member of the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership.


Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing Alternate


William Bartlett

Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing Primary Member

Vito Giacalone

Vito Giacalone

Vito Giacalone, a third generation U.S. commercial fisherman based in Gloucester, Massachusetts has over 30 years’ experience in the fishing industry.  He is the Director of the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund commonly known as the Gloucester permit bank, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized to preserve and promote awareness of Gloucester’s fisheries, heritage, and the fabric of the Gloucester community while aiding local fishermen based out of the port of Gloucester.  Giacalone is a founding board member of the Northeast Seafood Coalition and has filled the volunteer roles of "Policy Director" as Chair of Government Affairs since the organization’s inception.  Giacalone has been instrumental in drafting NSC policy solutions to complex fishery problems.


Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing Alternate

Frank Mirarchi

Frank Mirarchi

Frank Mirarchi found his love for the sea early in life fishing with his dad from the rocky shore of the Glades and, later, from his family's pleasure boat. After graduating from Boston College in 1965 he found work as a deck hand aboard the "Frances Elizabeth" a Scituate based dragger. Beginning in 1967, Frank owned and operated a succession of draggers, fishing primarily in the Gulf of Maine. In later years, he fished in partnership with his son, Andrew. As diminishing catches and increasingly restrictive regulation made exclusive dependence on fishing difficult during the late 1980's, Frank diversified into fisheries research both as in income supplement and as a means of resolving some of the problems afflicting the industry. Beginning as simple conservation engineering projects, this work evolved into more complex areas such as environmental monitoring, characterization of gear impacts on habitat and electronic monitoring of fishing operations. While no longer at sea, Frank remains active in fishery policy issues. He is a member of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, a director of the Northeast Sector Service Network and treasurer of Northeast Fishery Sector Twelve. He also serves on boards for organizations including the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership, the South Shore Seafood Exchange and the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute. More recently, Frank was appointed to serve on the Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel and the Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Commission.


Business Industry Primary Member

Jeff Rosen

Jeff Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen is a long-time resident of Scituate, Massachusetts. He has Masters degrees in both Oceanography and Statistics from the University of Rhode Island. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of both Corona Environmental Consulting Inc. and WaterSuite a cloud based software company. Over his 43 year career he has supported a wide variety of water related projects for the US EPA, NOAA and many water utilities. He is dedicated to supporting responsible resource management decisions based on science and sound statistical analysis of data. Over his career he has supported the National Marine Sanctuary Program in many capacities. He helped develop the Sanctuary Condition Reports. He led or supported the implementation of the first round of condition reports at many of the Sanctuaries including the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. He was the program manager for the information technology program at the Papahanoumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii. He also led a contractor team supporting the National Marine Fisheries Statistics office in Gloucester. As part of this contract his team helped record and manage fisheries related data for the northeast including Stellwagen Bank.

Mr. Rosen has been involved in supporting the Town of Scituate where he served as the Chairman of Scituate’s Water Resource committee for 8 years. He is active in the South Shore Chamber of Commerce in water related issues.


Business Industry Alternate

Randall Lyons

Randall Lyons

Randall Lyons is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) starting in this role in early 2017. The MMTA represents approximately 200 Boating Industry businesses in Massachusetts with a focus on growing the boating industry through Communication, Collaboration and Education. Randall has over 20 years of marine industry experience working for the Nantucket Boat Basin for ten years, Russo Marine for one year, and Newburyport Marinas for ten years. Randall was on the Board of Directors for the MMTA for five plus years most recently as the 2nd Vice President of the Association before leaving the board to accept a position working for the MMTA earlier in the year. In 2012 he was awarded the designation of being a Certified Marina Manager (CMM) from the Association of Marina Industries. In 2016, he focused on a new initiative to get more kids on the water to bolster the sustainability of the boating industry. He created the “Merrimac River Youth Boating Task Force” and also created a new committee within the MMTA to focus on Kids in Boating. This initiative offers grant opportunities to non-profit youth boating programs within the state and remains one of the main focuses for the Association.


Maritime Heritage Primary Member

John Galluzzo

John Galluzzo (Secretary)

John Galluzzo is the Development Writer for the South Shore YMCA, and the former Director of Education and Camping for the YMCA's South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, Massachusetts. He is also the awards committee chairman for the Foundation for Coast Guard History, a member of the Executive Board of Manet Community Health Center in Quincy, Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance in Plymouth, Massachusetts. John earned his B.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has since authored more than forty books on the history and nature of the northeastern United States, including coauthoring Shipwrecks of Stellwagen Bank: Disaster in New England's National Marine Sanctuary with maritime archaeologists Matthew Lawrence and Deborah Marx. Working for Mass Audubon between 2004 and 2013, John led adult education and citizen science efforts at that organization's South Shore Sanctuaries in Marshfield, utilizing those skills to become one of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's first Seabird Stewards. While at Mass Audubon, he helped write the first-ever State of the Birds report for Massachusetts, and coauthored 2013's Breeding Bird Atlas 2. John holds regular columns in South Shore Living magazine, the Scituate Mariner and Hull Times weekly newspapers, is the lead writer for the Captain's Guide cruising guides to the northeast and the Caribbean, and edited Wreck & Rescue Journal for the United States Life-Saving Service for 14 years, during which time he also served as that organization's executive director. He contributes to numerous local and regional publications, and holds a weekly radio spot from April to October on 95.9 WATD FM in which he describes his favorite "South Shore Walk of the Week."


Maritime Heritage Alternate

Martin Klein

Martin Klein

Martin Klein, known as "The Father of Side Scan Sonar", is the Founder and former President of Klein Associates, Inc. (now L-3/Klein) of Salem, New Hampshire. An MIT graduate, he was Program Manager for Sonar Systems at E.G.&G. International where he developed the first commercially successful side scan sonar systems. Klein's sonars have been used around the world to help find many famous shipwrecks including the Titanic, the Atocha, the Lusitania, the Edinburgh, the DeBraak, the Breadalbane, the Hamilton and Scourge, the Lake George Radeau (oldest warship in the U.S.), Sir John Franklin's HMS Erebus and countless others. He is a Life Member of the IEEE. He was chosen as the New Hampshire Small Business Person of the Year in 1983. He is a fellow of the Explorers Club and the Marine Technology Society and is the former Director of Budget and Finance for the Marine Technology Society. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for the development of underwater imaging systems that have contributed to ocean exploration and the recovery of high value objects." He is on the Advisory Board of the MIT Sea Grant Program and is on the Collections Committee of the MIT Museum. He serves as a judge and mentor for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) ROV Competition and a judge at the Massachusetts State Science Fair. He has many publications and patents and has received many other awards and recognition for his pioneering work in sonar and ocean exploration.


Diving Primary Member

Heather Knowles

Heather Knowles (Chair)

Heather Knowles is a co-founder of Northern Atlantic Dive Expeditions, Inc. and co-captain of the dive vessel, GAUNTLET, based out of the North Shore of Massachusetts. Heather is a technical diving instructor through NAUI and TDI, with qualifications in mixed gas, closed-circuit rebreather diving. In addition to exploring and making shipwreck discoveries in the Gulf of Maine region, Heather has had the privilege of exploring some of the world’s notable shipwrecks, such as the Andrea Doria, Empress of Ireland, SS Republic, and shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. Heather is a member of the Explorers Club and has presented on shipwreck research and exploration. Heather received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College.


Diving Alternate

Marissa Marcoux

Marissa Marcoux

Marissa is co-owner of Cape Ann Charters and captain of the Daybreaker, a dive charter boat based in Gloucester, MA. She is also a dive instructor, and manages the scuba program at MIT, allowing her to share her enthusiasm of our local underwater world with both new and experienced divers. Aboard the Daybreaker, Marissa has been bringing divers to Stellwagen Bank for several years, visiting different sites and wrecks within the Bank’s borders. Marissa is also a mixed gas technical rebreather diver, and loves to explore wrecks and caves alike. Marissa has dived include; Andrea Doria, San Francisco Maru, USS Monitor, Empress of Ireland, among others. Marissa also has dived caves in the Yucatan Peninsula, Florida, including Eagle’s Nest, and local subterranean mines. Marissa has a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is completing a master’s degree in public/environmental policy at Tufts University.  Marissa has a great love of the outdoors and nature, and when not diving, you can find her hiking, skiing or caring for her bees.


At Large Primary Member

Deborah Cramer

Deborah Cramer

Deborah Cramer writes about science, nature, and the environment. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and Masters degrees from Middlebury College and MIT. She has been awarded the science writing fellowship at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT and the Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship from Wellesley, and is currently a visiting scholar at MIT's Earth System Initiative. She has written two books, Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage (W.W. Norton 2001) and Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World (2008), developed along with Michael Moss and Suzannah Marsh a short video introducing the book “We Need the Sea and the Sea Needs Us,” and has lectured about her writing and the sea on both sides of the Atlantic, at science and maritime museums, at major environmental and teachers' organizations, and at undergraduate and graduate schools in oceanography and journalism. She is now following migrating shorebirds from their winter home in Tierra del Fuego to their nesting grounds in the Arctic for a new book she is researching and writing, provisionally called On the Edge: a tiny bird, an ancient crab, and an epic journey.


At Large Alternate

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant is an environmental consultant and principal with Zoco Engineering, Inc. His work focuses on assessing and restoring natural resources within marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments. Projects include conducting natural resource damage assessments following oil spills and ship groundings, developing restoration plans and strategies to compensate for oil spill and human use impacts, and understanding and managing environmental risks for the trustees of natural resources. Jon grew up in Cambridge Massachusetts. He has a Masters Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Ocean Engineering with a focus on the management of marine resources, a Masters Degree from MIT from the Technology and Policy Program, a Masters Degree from the University of Florida in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, and a Bachelors Degree from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering. His research work focused on the response of natural systems to sea level rise and to shoreline modifications, as well as on the ability of shoreline management systems and policies to handle sea level rise and private property rights in the US. Jon spent his childhood boating and fishing on the waters surrounding Stellwagen Bank, and loves being able to enjoy those same waters and shorelines with his children.


At Large Primary Member

John Williamson

John Williamson

John Williamson began a fishing career out of college in 1974, as a captain or crewman on commercial fishing vessels operating in New England, Florida and Alaska, with hands-on experience in a range of fisheries and gear-types. John is owner of the F/V Sea Keeper, a 40-foot vessel outfitted for fishing charter, eco-tourism and research, and is USCG licensed. He does professional consulting in living marine resource management and development. John is a familiar face to commercial and recreational fishermen from Maine to Virginia. He served nearly a decade on the New England Fishery Management Council, the primary body crafting regulations for federal-water fisheries in the Northeast. He has also served on other federal regulatory initiatives in marine mammal protection and marine ecosystem restoration. A member of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council since its formation in 2001, John served as Chairman for five years during Management Plan Review, and remains on the SAC Executive Committee. He is the president of Stellwagen Alive!, the Sanctuary friends organization. In addition to his professional work, John served as a SBNMS Working Group member during the development of the Sanctuary's initial long-range management plan and has directed and participated in several maritime archaeological investigations within the Sanctuary. John managed the Northeast Fish Conservation program for Ocean Conservancy from 2006 to 2009, and has a presence in marine resource conservation policy nationally. Trained in conflict resolution, John has a successful track record of bringing fishermen together with scientists in collaborative problem solving. He provided key leadership in industry initiatives for: Development of porpoise bycatch mitigation strategies in gillnet fisheries including the earliest industry experimentation in development of gillnet “pingers”; self governance systems in the lobster fishery; a time/area closure system in the Gulf of Maine to protect spawning and essential fish habitat; and an area-based management system for Atlantic sea scallops. He is the founding principal and co-leader of the Marine Resource Education Program, a curriculum in fishery science and management offered to commercial fishermen and marine resource professionals, based at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Currently, John is serving as a field organizer to engage fishing industry leadership in Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, under the Administration's emerging National Ocean Policy. In that role, John has built a network of dialog among political and business leaders in fisheries across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions under a contract with Ocean Conservancy.


At Large Alternate

Shelley Brown

Shelley Brown

Dr. Shelley Brown is the Education Director for the ocean conservation organization, Sailors for the Sea. Their mission is to engage, educate and activate the sailing and boating community toward ocean health. A native Rhode Islander, Shelley has always been interested in the interactions between humans and our ocean. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Rhode Island, researching how increases in water temperature, hypoxia, and other anthropogenic-induced environmental conditions impact nitrogen cycling microbes in estuaries and coastal ecosystems. Following her Ph.D., Shelley pursued her passion of educating the public, particularly youth, about ocean conservation and health issues. Before joining Sailors for the Sea, she was a member of the education team on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the program director of the Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI). She hopes to inspire people to learn about and care for the ocean and its precious resources, so they are empowered to become the next generation of ocean stewards.


At Large Primary

Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers is recently retired after 25 years as an engineer in the disk drive industry and currently lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts. His initial career began in field biology in 1976 with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Anchorage, AK cataloging coastal seabird breeding colonies on the Alaskan Peninsula as part of an Outer Continental Shelf Biological Assessment Study prior to the completion the Alaskan pipeline. He was a scientist at the Manomet Bird Observatory (1976-1983) in Manomet, MA where he studied the distribution and abundance of marine birds on the continental shelf of the Northwest Atlantic. During that time he described the effects of the Argo Merchant oil spill on bird marine bird populations off the New England coast in 1977. He authored several publications on the distribution, abundance, and ecological role of marine birds in the Gulf of Maine (including Stellwagen Bank), Georges Bank and mid-Atlantic Bight. In 1982 he collaborated with R.G.B. Brown (Canadian Wildlife Service) on a publication that described seasonal range and abundance of marine birds in shelf waters from Cape Hatteras to the Scotian Shelf. During his time at MBO he also participated in seabird surveys to the Labrador Sea, Hudson Strait and Hudson Bay and to the Bering Sea. Kevin received his B.A. (Biology) from the University of Connecticut and his M.S. (Wildlife Management) from Louisiana State University. He served on and was chairman of the Conservation Commission in Worcester, MA (1984-1986). He was recently nominated to serve on the advisory committee for the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Natural Heritage Program Endangered Species Program. 


At Large Alternate

Jeanine Boyle

Jeanine Boyle

Jeanine lives in Newport, RI and is a project manager at INSPIRE Environmental. She studied coastal ecology and limnology at UC San Diego and the University of New Hampshire and has since pursued an interest in climate change and atmospheric science at Harvard University. For many years, Jeanine was active in the implementation of a long term, large-scale monitoring program conducted by Battelle in Massachusetts Bay. She has managed numerous coastal studies in New England with EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division (OCPD) as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. She managed a large-scale internal R&D program in the area of advanced water management that sparked a keen interest in the development of innovative technologies. Outside of work, Jeanine logs a lot of time on the water. She is an avid sculler and also enjoys swimming and sailing around Cape Cod and the Islands.


Youth Primary Member
Aurora Avallone

Youth Alternate
Rory Simpson-Brown

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENTAL SEATS
Massachusetts Environmental Police
Colonel James McGinnis, Director
Designee: LT Phil Desroches

 


Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
Bruce Carlisle, Director
Designee: Todd Callaghan

Todd Callaghan

Todd Callaghan

Todd Callaghan is a biologist with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and an adjunct professor of Environmental Science at Suffolk University. He received his PhD in Biology, with a focus on Aquatic Ecology, from the University of Delaware in 1998. With CZM since 1999, Todd participates in the formal review of coastal and marine construction projects (e.g., pipes, cables, renewable energy structures) with a focus on implementing state policies to avoid or minimize impacts to the marine environment. In this capacity, he assists in the design, implementation, and oversight of research programs to evaluate the spatial extent of natural resources and the potential impacts of marine projects. He is also part of a team at CZM that is working with state, federal, and nonprofit partners to describe and map the biological and abiotic components of the seafloor in Massachusetts.


Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Director
Designee: Cate O'Keefe

David Pierce
David Pierce

Dr. David E. Pierce is Director of the Commonwealth's Division of Marine Fisheries.  He is DMF's voting member on the New England Fishery Management Council and one of DMF's representatives on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).  He is the Policy Director of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI) that is a collaborative arrangement between DMF, SMAST, and other University of Massachusetts campuses.  Dr. Pierce's work with DMF involves fisheries management and research tied to improving fish habitat protection and providing sustainable fisheries.  He is an adjunct professor at SMAST where he teaches courses pertaining to ocean policy and marine fisheries management.  His doctoral research was on policy and guidance for seafood safety risks posed by polychlorinated biphenyls and related organocholines. Within DMF and tied to Stellwagen concerns, David is especially focused on cod research (e.g., spawning behavior) and the interaction of commercial and recreational fisheries with Stellwagen resource(s) sustainable use and protection.


New England Fisheries Management Council
Thomas E. Nies, Executive Director
Designee: Michelle Bachman

Michelle Bachman

Michelle Bachman

Michelle Bachman has been a Fishery Analyst with the New England Fishery Management Council since December 2008. During summer 2009 she assumed chairmanship of the Council's Habitat Plan Development Team. She is the project manager for Essential Fish Habitat Omnibus Amendment 2, which will update EFH and Habitat Area of Particular Concern designations as well as the system of habitat and groundfish closed areas. She helps the Council stay connected to offshore wind, habitat mapping, and marine spatial planning issues. Ms. Bachman studied biology and environmental studies at Tufts University and received her M.S. degree in Living Marine Resource Science and Management from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology in 2009. Before joining the Council staff, she worked on the sea scallop video survey at SMAST. Prior to the birth of her toddler, Michelle was an avid recreational diver, and she hopes someday to dive on Stellwagen Bank.


NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region
John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator
Designee: Jennifer Anderson

John Bullard

John Bullard

John Bullard became the Regional Administrator for the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region Office on August 6, 2012. As the Regional Administrator, Mr. Bullard is responsible for running NOAA programs that manage living marine resources from Canada to Cape Hatteras. In this capacity, Mr. Bullard directs NOAA Fisheries' programs in support of international and domestic fisheries management in the Northeast Region. He also guides multidisciplinary programs that provide the scientific and technical information necessary to manage living marine resources in the northeast, and support the information requirements and decision making processes of the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Mr. Bullard brings with him a deep understanding of fishing communities and their importance to our nation's economy as well as its social and cultural heritage. A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, with a lifelong interest in the ocean, Mr. Bullard joined NOAA Fisheries following his retirement at the end of June as the President of the Massachusetts-based Sea Education Association. Also known as SEA, the non-profit education organization headquartered in Woods Hole, teaches college students and others about the science and culture of the sea through a 12-week ‘SEA Semester’ that combines on-campus studies in oceanography, nautical science, and maritime studies with sailing and research aboard one of the organization's tall ships in the Atlantic or Pacific. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Bullard was a member of the Clinton administration in Washington, DC, where he led NOAA's first federal Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs. There, he created programs to assist fishing families in New England, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska, and around the nation, advised communities on sustainable development, and helped set policy for aquaculture. He also worked on the President's Council on Sustainable Development, developing policies to unite the goals of economic opportunity, environmental health, and social equity. At the state and regional level, Mr. Bullard helped create a pioneering marine spatial plan as a governor-appointed member of the Massachusetts' Ocean Advisory Commission. As a longtime board member of the Buzzards Bay Coalition, Bullard has been a leader in bringing people together to clean up and sustain the bay's environmental health for fishing, boating, shipping and tourism. From 1986 to 1992, Mr. Bullard was mayor of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts. During his three terms he introduced community policing, recycling, AIDS prevention and other programs. He encouraged UMass Dartmouth to build the Center for Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford, which is now known as SMAST. He also brought the City into compliance with the Clean Water Act by building a modern secondary wastewater treatment plant. His decision to locate the plant in New Bedford's south end cost him re-election to a fourth term - the political price of clean water. Mr. Bullard understands the challenges being faced by the fishing industry, scientists, and managers, and is committed to finding ways to increase constructive dialogue among them. Through this increased dialogue, mutual respect, and understanding, his goal is to chart a course toward a sustainable and vibrant fishing industry. He also recognizes that the fishing industry of yesterday may not look like the fishing industry of the future, and that difficult decisions will need to be made to ensure the long-term viability of the fishing industry in the northeast. Mr. Bullard earned his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude at Harvard in 1969. He received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from M.I.T. in 1974. He has lectured widely and received numerous awards including an Honorary Master of Public Service from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
Tim Donovan, Assistant Director
Designee: Tim Wilmarth

Tim Donovan

Tim Donovan

Tim Donovan is currently the Acting Assistant Director of NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement Northeast Enforcement Division. Tim joined NOAA OLE in February 2008 as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge in Gloucester, MA. Tim is an Environmental Sciences/Conservation Law Enforcement graduate of Unity College, ME and began his resource protection career as a Law Enforcement National Park Service Ranger and an U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge Officer. Tim took a hiatus from resource law enforcement to become a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). After completing the FLETC Criminal Investigator Program, Tim had the opportunity to work narcotics, assaults, homicides, counter-terrorism and counter intelligence investigations and operations around the world, to include duty stations on the east coast, west coast and Hawaii. Tim was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Northeast Field Office when he decided to return to his true passion of resource protection. After 31 years from graduating his first police academy, Tim is enjoying his role in protecting marine resources and leading a dedicated and professional enforcement staff.


First U.S. Coast Guard District
Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin, Commander
Designee: Captain Kevin King

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