Sanctuary Advisory Council Members
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Conor McManus received his BA from Boston University and both his MS and PhD in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. His research has spanned over a variety of topics including fisheries oceanography, population dynamics, estuarine ecology, biological oceanography, and fisheries management, which is published in several marine science peer-reviewed journals. Much of his research has focused on how marine fish, invertebrates, and habitats of the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf have responded to changes in climate, harvest, the ecosystem and anthropogenic stressors through time. He serves on multiple technical committees for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, including those for American lobster, spiny dogfish, and coastal sharks. Dr. McManus sits on the Board of Directors for the Southern New England Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, and serves as a Coordinating Commissioner for the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Institute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tina Ciarametaro is a seventh grade teacher at Ipswich Middle School. Presently, Tina teaches spiraled curriculum that highlights the value of understanding water quality, water usage and how human behavior impacts the environment. She has developed a 3 day canoe trip in which 7th graders collect water samples from a variety of locations to determine the health of the Ipswich River. This data set and findings are shared with local organizations. Tina has taught both in New York State and Massachusetts, and has covered science curriculum in grades 6-12, over a span of 28 years. Tina's classroom has participated in a NSF grant through CAST (Center for Applied Technology) to study the effects of stereotype threats in the science classroom and she was a facilitator for the online course, Inquiry Primed: An Intervention to Mitigate the Effects of Stereotype Threat in Science offered by CAST.
In addition to teaching in Massachusetts, Tina has been a naturalist on several Gloucester boats for the last 25 years. Her top priority as a naturalist is to educate people about how humans impact their natural surroundings, with the goal that each visitor walks away motivated to become stewards of this planet.
In order to stay present in the ever changing science field, Tina has been involved in different research projects, organizations and grants. In August 2014, Tina participated in a 21 day expedition to Greenland, working with Dr. Jason Briner to collect data to gain a better understanding of the shrinking ice caps of the Arctic. Her role on the 4 person team was to better understand how field research is performed, translate the experience into laymen terms and create outreach opportunities.
In the summer of 2015, Tina attended MITS' North Shore Institute, Research and Resiliency: Exploring the Ways Our Local Ecosystems are Responding to Climate Change and was their Teacher Spotlight in 2016.
In July 2016, Tina attended Arctic Plant Phenology Learning through Engaged Science Workshop (APPLES) at Penn State and was asked to be the teacher representative on the NSF grant (POLAR+) Place-based Observational Landscape studies of the Arctic Region Plus Locations within the United States submitted by Dr. Kathleen Hill of the Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Eric Post of the University of California Davis.
Tina is presently serving a 2 year term on the New England Aquarium Teacher Advisory Board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing
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.
Eric is a Plymouth MA lobsterman who grew up on his father's boat. He worked deep sea boats and has been running his own for 11 years. Previously, he worked 5 years in Manhattan in financial services. Eric is a graduate of UMass Boston and Boston College high school.
Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terri Birkeland is an experienced internal communicator for financial services companies, focusing on employee programs and supporting them as a writer/editor, presenter, facilitator, and project manager. It is her professional experience, combined with her drive and passion for marine life and the environment, that compelled her to pursue a seat on the SAC. Her interest in the sanctuary began decades ago, when she requested a copy of the original environmental impact statement for some light reading. She has over 15 years of experience as a proactive and committed aquarium volunteer with the New York Aquarium and the New England Aquarium’s Whale Watch, and now with the sanctuary. In addition to dozens of whale watch trips out of Cape Cod, Boston’s North and South Shores, and New Hampshire’s Seacoast, Terri has traveled to see and learn about marine mammals in their environment with visits to Grand Manan Island & the Bay of Fundy, the Mingan Islands in Quebec, the San Juan Islands in Washington State, Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic, San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California, and Lake Michigan and Lake Superior in the Midwest. A graduate of Northeastern University, Terri is a native New Yorker who now lives on Boston's South Shore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aurora Avallone is a student at Scituate High School. She became interested in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary when she was in the Science Club at Gates Middle School. Growing up in a small coastal fishing town, Aurora has been able to foster her love of the ocean in such a unique way. Aurora has always been curious about the ocean and fearless of what lives deep beneath the waves. When she came to Stellwagen Bank, she was hooked not only by the beautiful wildlife but also by the amazing people who share her passion for the ocean and advocate for the protection of wildlife everywhere. Volunteering for Stellwagen since 7th grade, Aurora has been able to help teach so many people about Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and all of the historical and marine wonders it holds. Aurora is also a long time Girl Scout and because she loves doing outreach and advocacy for the sanctuary, she did her Silver Award Project partnered with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The Silver Award is and 80-plus hour project where a girl chooses a topic that truly inspires her and works to make a lasting impact on a community. Aurora created a program she called "Sea Scouts" where she helped to connect children to their local Sanctuary. "Sea Scouts" is an outreach initiative where Aurora created educational games and crafts all about Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and held the program on the local beach to teach children that the Sanctuary is right in their backyard. Over 30 children attended the program and each child left knowing about the sanctuary, but more importantly how they can help be life long protectors, lovers, and advocates for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Being on the Stellwagen Advisory Council has really been a great experience for Aurora and through it she has made so many connections and has gained so much knowledge, which she loves sharing with the public to make them more aware of the sanctuary and wildlife right in their backyard. In the future Aurora is looking towards college and she is hoping to pursue a career in the environmental conservation and science field.
Aurora (Rory) Simpson-Brown lives in Scituate Massachusetts, and is a sophomore at Scituate High school. She has always been intrigued by the beautiful and mysterious ocean that is right in her backyard. During the summer, she attends the Harbor Discoveries camp at the New England Aquarium, along with being a 'counselor-in-training' at Dalby farm, and Massachusetts Audubon's North River sanctuary. She is most interested in whales, corals, and climate change. Environmental engineering is a newfound passion that she hopes to tie into her future career as a marine biologist. She hopes to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has worked on the Boston Harbor cruises volunteering on wildlife tours. She first learned about Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary through her middle school environmental club and hopes to make a better one at the high school in Scituate. She enjoys science, math, writing, playing lacrosse, and exploring the outdoors in every and any way possible. In the future, she hopes to accomplish something special that inspires people everywhere to help change the world and save our oceans, such as writing book, having a TV show, or any other way possible.
Massachusetts Environmental Police
Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Abdal-Khabir
Captain Michael Grady
Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
Acting Assistant Director
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
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
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
Michael Pentony is the Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries' Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO). He stepped into this position on January 22, 2018, replacing John Bullard, who retired. Mike has been with the agency since 2002, working in a number of capacities. Most recently, he served as Assistant Regional Administrator for the Sustainable Fisheries Division, a post he held from 2014 until becoming Regional Administrator. In that capacity, he oversaw all aspects of 14 management plans under the wings of both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Prior to 2014, he served for 12 years as a team supervisor for the Sustainable Fisheries Division. Before joining NOAA Fisheries, he worked for four years as a policy analyst for the New England Council, primarily on issues related to habitat, marine protected areas, and the Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery. Mike has a B.S. in engineering from Duke University and a M.S. in environmental management from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. He spent six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force between earning his college and graduate degrees. These days, as GARFO Regional Administrator, Mike oversees approximately 200 staff members who are based at GARFO's main office in Gloucester, Massachusetts and in field offices in Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. GARFO's jurisdiction spans from Maine to Cape Hatteras and includes the Great Lakes. It also covers rivers and estuaries within this range.
NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
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 Andrew J. Tiongson
Captain Kevin King