As part of MPOWIR’s Career Connections initiative, we have compiled a directory of individuals with a background in Physical Oceanography, who are now working outside of academic and research positions. These scientists hold positions in careers ranging from software engineering and insurance to intergovernmental organizations and non-profits. All of them have volunteered to share their experience with members of the MPOWIR community.

If you have suggestions for other individuals MPOWIR can reach out to, or are interested in being included in this directory, please contact Sarah Clem (

Keith Alverson
United Nations
Director, International Environmental Technology Center, UN Environment

Mona Behl
University of Georgia Sea Grant College Program
Associate Director and Public Service Faculty
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Tegan Blaine
Senior Climate Change Advisor
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Veronique Bugnion

Katelin Childers
Bank of America
Quantitative financial analyst

Audric Collignon
Data Science Manager

Xue Fan
SonTek, A Xylem Brand
Application Engineer
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Albert Fischer
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Head of Section, Ocean Observations and Services
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Rusty Holleman
San Francisco Estuary Institute
University of California, Davis

Nidia Martinez
American International Group (AIG)
Assistant Director Catastrophe Risk
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Grace Maze
Savannah River National Laboratory
Senior Scientist
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Justine McMillan
Rockland Scientific Inc.
Staff Scientist

Ryan Moniz
Facebook Inc
Data science manager

Erica Ombres
Program Manager
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Laurent White
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Advanced Scientific Associate
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Susan Willis
LACO Associations, Inc.
Civil Engineering Manager
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Samuel Wilson
GoPro, Inc
Senior Software Engineer

Julia Wolff
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Budget Analyst
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