Coastal Ecologist/Limnologist, Olympic National Park
Bio: I’ve been the Coastal Ecologist and Limnologist at Olympic National Park (ONP) since 2000. As the chief scientist and natural resource manager for the park’s marine and lake resources, I conduct research and long-term monitoring in the intertidal zone of ONP, as well as at San Juan Island National Historical Park and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. I also conduct research and monitoring in the Park’s 650 mountain and large, lowland lakes. I received my doctorate from Dartmouth College after completing an M.S. and B.S. from Michigan State University. Prior to coming to ONP, I researched barnacle life-histories as a post-doc at the University of Oregon’s Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Coos Bay, OR. I currently live in Port Angeles, WA with my wife and two children, where we enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, and looking in the water.
How I’m involved with the 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise: My involvement in the 2016 WCOA Cruise is a mix of coordination and field/lab activity. The NPS is very excited to be collaborating with the 2016 WCOA cruise. I have helped to coordinate our overall NPS sampling strategy at the two open coast NPS units (Olympic National Park and Cabrillo National Monument) where we have active ocean acidification monitoring. From the field perspective, my staff and I conducted simultaneous sampling of intertidal seawater at two ONP monitoring sites on the same day that our NOAA collaborators on the NOAA Ship Ronald Brown and the R/V Tattoosh sampled offshore stations. Most of our seawater samples will be going to the NOAA PMEL lab in Seattle for analysis of carbonate system parameters, but a small replicate subset will be analyzed at the NPS Ocean Acidification Lab at ONP to conduct an inter-laboratory quality comparison.