NEFSC’s Award-Winning Staff
Below you’ll find NESFC employees and contractors who have been recognized for their outstanding work in a variety of disciplines, including science, administration, and support. Many of our staff members have been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for their achievements. The awards listed below are mostly within the Department of Commerce, NOAA, NOAA Fisheries, and NEFSC.
Department of Commerce Awards
The highest honorary award granted by the Secretary. A Gold Medal is defined as distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, notable or prestigious contributions that impact the mission of the Department and/or one operating unit and which reflect favorably on the Department.
2019: Benjamin Richards, Kresimir Williams, M. Elizabeth Clarke, George Cutter, Deborah Hart, Charles Thompson, William Michaels: For developing the first open-source toolkit for automated image analysis to harness big data for marine ecosystem science and ocean stewardship.
2012: Bruce Collette: For leadership in the first use of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List Criteria, the gold standard in assessing extinction risks, on marine species. Bluefin tunas were deemed critically endangered, and bigeye tuna and marlins as vulnerable.
2009: Michael Vecchione, Roxie K. Allison, Laurel Bryant, Joanne Flanders, Fred Gorell, Carol Kavanagh, Jamie Krauk, Carrie McDougall, Therese Pierce, Albert E. Theberge: For the design, development and opening with the Smithsonian Institution of the Sant Ocean Hall, the national exhibition on the global ocean.
2005: Kenneth Sherman: For leadership in establishing a worldwide network of Large Marine Ecosystems and pioneering efforts in the field of marine ecosystems research.
The second highest honorary award granted by the Secretary, a Silver Medal recognizes exceptional performance characterized by noteworthy or superlative contributions, which have a direct and lasting impact within the Department. Silver Medals are awarded to individuals, groups (or teams), and organizations.
2015: Diane Kapareiko, Dorothy Jeffress, and Gary Wikfors (Milford Lab): For developing a probiotic bacterial strain to improve survival of oyster larvae and negotiating a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement for commercialization.
2014: Julia (Jolie) Harrison, Jason Gedamke, Sofie Van Parijs, Megan Ferguson, Jay Barlow, Karin Forney, Leila Hatch (NOS): For developing internationally recognized, innovative technology, CetSound, which quantitatively assesses human-induced noise impacts on marine mammals.
2011: Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Northeast Regional Office: For development and implementation of a fundamentally new management approach to achieve a sustainable and efficient Northeast groundfish fishery.
2007: Richard Merrick: For developing a ship strike strategy to recover North Atlantic right whales in partnership with the US Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization.
2001: Michael P. Sissenwine: For negotiating a resolution to the long-standing, adversarial relationship between many New England commercial fishermen and the scientific research arm of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
1999: Sybil P. Seitzinger: For advancing understanding of the biogeochemical cycling in the ocean of Nitrogen, one of the important greenhouse gases contributing to global climate change. Her creativity provides new scientific evidence for accelerating control of anthropogenically caused excessive Nitrogen inputs to marine environments, reducing the problem of coastal eutrophication and global warming related to greenhouse gas emissions.
1998: John E. O'Reilly: For development of a new algorithm for calculating ocean color backscatter for NASA's new Sea Viewing Wide Field of View Sensor (SeaWiFS) Satellite. The algorithm will be used as the new standard in ocean color imaging technology and ocean productivity applications, solving a long-standing problem in biological oceanography and fisheries research.
1996: Teri L. Frady, Gene S. Martin, Patricia A. Kurkul, Ralph K. Mayo, Philip N. Logan: For leading the effort on the development of the Northeast groundfish resource recovery plan
The Bronze Medal is the highest honor award that can be granted by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Winners are recognized annually at a formal ceremony held in the fall in the Washington Metropolitan area. The medals are awarded to individuals, groups (or teams), and organizations.
2020: Michael Simpkins, Michael Ruccio, Jonathan Deroba, Olanrewaju Alade, Geret DePiper, Daniel Hennen, Kiersten Curti, Laurel Smith, LCDR Michael Ball (OMAO). For leadership in improving the fisheries stock assessment process in the northeast U.S. with consensus of partners – enhancing quality, efficiency, and trust.
2019: Timothy V. Cole, Peter J. Corkeron, Peter A. Duley, Allison G. Henry, Christin B. Khan, LTJG Richard C. DeTriquet, LTJG Christopher M. Wood, and LTJG Jason C. Clark (OMAO): For expanding international partnerships to assess changing right whale distributions and revealing causative factors to a tragic population decline.
2018: Travis Ford, Andrew Kitts, David Packer, Katherine Richardson, David Stevenson, Aja Szumylo, Peter Christopher: For significant contributions toward developing and implementing the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep-Sea Coral Protection Area.
2017: Jonathan A. Hare, Roger B. Griffis, Larry Alade, Antonie S. Chute, Kiersten L. Curti, Tobey H. Curtis, Daniel Kircheis, John F. Kocik, Sean M. Lucey, Camilla T. McCandless, Lisa M. Milke, David E. Richardson, Eric Robillard, Harvey J. Walsh, Michael A Alexander (OAR), Wendy Morrison, Mark Nelson, Megan Stachura, Eric Teeters, James Scott, Rich Bell, Conor McManus, Katey Marancik, Carolyn Griswold: For successful completion in NOAA of the first Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of fish and invertebrates.
2014: Jacqueline Wilson, Holly McBride, C. Dianne Stephan, Joseph Desfosse, Kathryn Goldsmith, Heather Balchowsky, and David Gloeckner: For unifying and streamlining an electronic dealer reporting system for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, and sharks across 13 State and Federal systems.
2013: Lisa Colburn, Min-Yang Lee, Barbara Rountree, Scott Steinback, Susan L. Brown, Matthew McPherson, Ingo Fleming, Joanne Pellegrino, Vic Vecchio, Michael Jepson, Tara Scott, Ayeisha Brinson, Melissa Yencho, Rita Curtis: For completion of a rapid economic assessment of New York and New Jersey fishing communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy to guide recovery efforts.
2008: David Packer, Vincent Guida, Martha Nizinski, Thomas Hourigan, Andrew Bruckner, Robert Stone, S.A. Kalei Shotwell, Curt Whitmire, M. Elizabeth Clarke, and Frank Parrish: For advancing conservation through spearheading the first peer-reviewed assessment of the state of deep coral ecosystems of the United States.
2003: Frank Almeida, John Boreman , Jr., Russell Brown, Charles Byrne, Michael Fogarty, Teri Frady, Wendy Gabriel, John Galbraith, Henry Milliken, Frederic Serchuk: For developing a problem-solving methodology that stands as a model for working cooperatively to resolve issues that jeopardize sound fishery management.
2002: Paul Rago: For innovative research involving the use of commercial fishing vessels and fisherman's knowledge in the development of joint data collection programs.
2001: Linda I. Despres, John K. Galbraith, David Hiltz, William P. Kramer, Holly M. McBride, Nancy J. McHugh, Victor A. Nordahl, and Douglas A. Perry: For developing, testing and implementing a new automated data acquisition system for NMFS fishery research vessels.
The Administrator's Award is a combination honorary and monetary award designed to recognize NOAA-specific contributions in the areas of equal employment opportunity, diversity, scientific research, public service, engineering development, environmental conservation, policy development, administrative support, public affairs, or information systems.
2011: Michael D. Ford, D. Christopher Melrose, Craig Russell, LT Nicola Verplanck: For leading one of the longest continuous plankton tows in history (5236.3 nm) and completing NOAA's first survey across the Pacific Garbage Patch.
2007: John Walden, Eric Thunberg, Scott Steinback: For creativity under pressure in producing high quality economic analyses in support of the NE Multispecies Emergency Action and Framework 42.
2003: Aleta Hohn, Patricia Rosel, Debra Palka, Marjorie Rossman, and Lance Garrison: For developing and implementing innovative research programs to assess the stock structure and status of bottlenose dolphins in the mid-Atlantic.
2002: Kathryn Bisack, Diane Borggaard, Phillip Clapham, Mary Colligan, David Gouveia, Gregg LaMontagne, Richard Merrick, and Julie Williams: For sustained superior performance in the development of measures to prevent right whales and other large whales from becoming entangled in the gear used in the lobster and gillnet fisheries.
1999: Susan E. Wigley: For major improvements to fishery catch and fishing effort databases in the U.S. Northeast which were indispensable in supporting stock assessments and management of fishery resources in the region.
1997: Tim D. Smith: For scientific leadership and innovative research in enhancing the conservation and management of marine mammal stocks worldwide.
Distinguished Career Award
The Distinguished Career Award is designed to recognize long-term achievement in advancing the goals and mission of NOAA. The intent of the Award is to honor contributions which represent sustained excellence--rather than a single, defined accomplishment.
2019: Nancy Kohler: Nominated by NMFS for 40 years of sustained excellence and leadership, contributing to the sustainable use of the United States’ shark populations.
2014: Linda Despres: For 40 years of outstanding service in the accurate collection of independent fishery survey data for NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
2009: John Boreman, Jr.: For an outstanding legacy as a scientist and leader in advancing the scientific basis for management of living marine resources in the United States.
2005: Tim D. Smith: For outstanding professional contributions to NOAA’s domestic and international activities supporting the conservation of marine species worldwide.
2004: Bruce Collette: For excellence in research and service in the fields of fish taxonomy, systematics, and marine biodiversity throughout a 44-year Federal career.
2003: Clyde MacKenzie, Jr.: For a long career of dedicated service resulting in greatly increased knowledge of bivalve molluscs and their fisheries, both in the northeast U.S.and worldwide
Silver Sherman Award
The NOAA Silver Sherman Award was created in 2016 to recognize individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to NOAA's mission. The awardee may be a NOAA federal employee at the GS-15/Band V equivalent level or below, or a NOAA ST/SL federal employee.
2019 NEFSC Winner: Mark Dixon.
2018 NEFSC Winner: Sara Weeks.
Technology Transfer Award
The Technology Transfer Award recognizes NOAA scientific, engineering, and technical employees for inventions or other outstanding scientific or technological contributions of value to the United States due to commercial applications and exemplary activities that promote the domestic transfer of science and technology developed within NOAA and result in the use of such science and technology by American industry or business, universities, State or local Government, or other non-Federal parties.
2019: Sofie Van Parijs (Woods Hole): For working on a cross-NOAA team developing a Noise Reference Station.
Christin Khan (Woods Hole): For developing machine learning approaches to contribute to the assessment of the endangered North Atlantic right whale
2017: Dave Packer (Sandy Hook): For providing critical science, data, and support for the establishment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area.
Julie Rose (Milford): For innovative research and service as experts, leading to approved use of oysters as a means of mitigating nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay
2004: Michael Jech and David Chevrier: Three-dimensional Visualization of Fisheries Acoustics Data and Models
1998: Gary H. Wikfors: For the development and transfer to the US aquaculture industry of new advances in microalgal culture and the feeding of invertebrates.
Diversity Spectrum Award
The NOAA Spectrum Award, an outgrowth of the NOAA Diversity Plan, recognizes employees and managers for their contributions and activities which promote NOAA’s goals in managing diversity. The NOAA Diversity Plan, developed by the NOAA Diversity Council, calls for the development of a NOAA-wide managing diversity recognition award. The Spectrum Award is designed to recognize the initiative, contributions and achievements of employees which often go unnoticed.
2005: Richard Merrick: In recognition of personal commitment and significant contributions to the NOAA Diversity Initiative
2003: Chris Chambers, Lisa Colburn, Laura Garner, Dorothy Jeffress, Christopher Martin, Renee Mercaldo-Allen, Shannon Meseck, John Rosendale, John Sibunka, Terry Smith, Dorine Westgate, and Frank Almeida: For improving awareness and appreciation of diversity among employees in the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region and encouraging improvements in management practices.
2002: Joseph Vitaliano: For enhancing diversity in NOAA and the NEFSC by conscientiously and creatively working with six minority students from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, who interned in the J.J. Howard Benthic Lab in summer 2002.
1999: Ambrose Jearld: For playing a key role in conceptualizing, organizing and chairing the NOAA-sponsored conference on expanding opportunities in oceanic and atmospheric sciences designed to strengthen links between NOAA and minority serving institutions.
Dennis Hansford: For initiative in working in the areas of workforce and managing diversity, identifying reforms in recruitment and serving as a role model and mentor to students.
Diversity Council Best Practices Award
The Best Practices Award is a "grass-roots" based award which recognizes a manager or management group that fosters a model working environment which maximizes employee potential. The purpose of the award is to recognize those managers who strive to create the model work environment, thus resulting in a high level of commitment from employees.
1999: Joan Palmer, Woods Hole Lab
NOAA Fisheries Awards
Employee of the Year and Team Member of the Year
Employee of the Year Awards recognize employees that have made significant contributions to NOAA Fisheries stewardship responsibilities. Team Member of the Year Awards are for members of the workforce who are not NOAA Federal employees for their contributions to the Nation towards the stewardship of living marine resources as recognized by their NOAA Fisheries peers. Recipients are recognized from each Region, Science Center, and Headquarters in five categories.
2019 Employees of the Year
Antonie Chute, Woods Hole, for outstanding work supporting the stock assessments of deep-sea red crab, windowpane flounder, red hake, and Atlantic sea scallops.
2019 Team Members of the Year
Andy Beet, Woods Hole, for fostering substantial improvements in team efficiency, collaboration, and communication through development of software and analytical tools using newly emerging principles of open data science.
2018 Employees of the Year
Karen Tougas, Narragansett
2018 Team Members of the Year
Jui-Han Chang, Woods Hole
2017 Employee of the Year
Renee Mercaldo-Allen, Milford Lab
2016 Employees of the Year
Robert Alexander, Woods Hole Lab
2016 Team Members of the Year
Jillian Price, Woods Hole Lab
2015 Employees of the Year
Robert Alix, Milford Lab
2015 Team Members of the Year
2014 Employees of the Year
Josh Dayton - Population Biology Branch, Woods Hole
2014 Team Member of the Year
Katey Marancik - Oceanography Branch, Narragansett
2013 Employees of the Year
Carletta Wright-Sipes - Administrative Support, Milford
2013 Team Members of the Year
Joshua Hatch - Protected Species Branch, Woods Hole
2012 Employees of the Year
Katherine Sowers - Ecosystem Surveys Branch, Woods Hole
2012 Team Members of the Year
Michael Ball - Population Dynamics Branch, Woods Hole
2011 Employees of the Year
Chris Chambers - Coastal Ecology Branch, Sandy Hook
2011 Team Members of the Year
Danielle Cholewiak - Protected Species Branch, Woods Hole
2010 Employees of the Year
Richard Raynes (Woods Hole)
2010 Team Member of the Year
Peter Plantamura (Sandy Hook)
2009 Employees of the Year
Virginia Reed (Woods Hole)
2009 Team Members of the Year
Heath Cook (Woods Hole)
2008 Employees of the Year
Karen Heise-Gentile (Woods Hole)
2008 Team Members of the Year
Deb Curtner (Narragansett)
2007 Employees of the Year
Colleen Close, READ, Woods Hole Lab
2007 Team Members of the Year
Robert Gamble, Woods Hole
2006 Employees of the Year
Catherine Noonan, EPD, James J. Howard Lab
2005 Employees of the Year
Barbara Newell, READ, Woods Hole Lab
2004 Employees of the Year
Mary Woodruff, FEMAD, Woods Hole Lab
2003 Employees of the Year
Denise Acquaviva, OMI, Woods Hole Lab
2002 Employees of the Year
Annette Kalbach, EPD, James J. Howard Lab
2001 Employees of the Year
Catherine Noonan, EPD, James J. Howard Lab
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1998, 1997, 1996: Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Science and Research Director Awards
The Science and Research Director Award is given to provide special recognition to those individuals inside and outside of NEFSC who should be recognized for their contributions in furthering the NEFSC mission and its successful operation. The award is an engraved plaque, has no cash value, and is decided solely by the Science and Research Director.
2011: Yvonna Rowinski, Emilee Towle, Apryl Corey, Steve Wagner, Jonathan Rockwell
1999: Avis Sosa, Joeseph Larson, John Pearce
1998: Allen Peterson, Jr., Dana Hartley, Douglas Beach, Phillip Clapham, Teri Frady, Timothy Cole
1996: David Egan, William Aaron, Mike Tork, Denise Acquaviva
1995: Capt. Carl Fisher, Captain Gelb, John Casey, John Burnett, John Cerquoni, Karen Heise-Gentile, RADM Freddie L. Jeffries
1994: Carolyn Griswold, Jane Allen, John Nelson, Robert Smith
1993: Aphrodite Grevelis, David Mountain, Douglas Marshall, John Bryson, Judith Berrien, Malcolm Windsor, Robert Alix
1992: Robert Jones, Christine Corey, Edward Macleod, George Ward, Phyllis Jones, Susan Murphy
1991: Ambrose Jearld, Andrew Rosenberg, Arthur Neill, Barbara Newell, Eugene Heyerdahl, Isabel Canet, John Pearce, Mary Jane Smith, Mary Laird, Robert Murchelano, Susan Wigley, Vaughn Anthony
1990: Catherine Noonan, Michael Sisson, Ravenna Ukeles, Richard Buck
1989: Ann Studholme, April Valliere, Dusty Gould, Paul Swain, Peter Marckoon, Richard Denzler, Ronald Smolowitz, Steven Murawski, Stuart Wilk
1988: Ambrose Jearld, Carolyn Brown, Claire Steimle, Elizabeth Simonis, Frank Morello, Jack Brennan, Keiko Moore, Linda Despres, Lorraine Santos, ‘Red’ Ransom
The Deputy Award was designed to recognize employees who create an inclusive work environment, value and respect differences and embrace diversity, and empower and inspire others around them.
2020: Scott Large, for creating an inclusive, positive, welcoming work environment, valuing and respecting differences, embracing diversity, and empowering and inspiring others around him. Scott has demonstrated these attributes through his involvement in the NEFSC Diversity and Inclusion Team, through mentoring PEP students, and for his participation in the Talent for the 21st Century Program.
2019: George Liles, through his efforts Directing the Partnership Education Program (PEP), serving on the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative and Diversity Advisory Committee, and co-chairing the NEFSC Diversity and Inclusion Team, is constantly working at making positive change in our community with diversity and inclusion. Mr. Liles has helped bring directed training to employees at the NEFSC and throughout the Woods Hole community to help address systemic racism and unconscious bias. He is a tireless champion for change in these areas.
Jane Foster Award for Voluntary Service
To recognize NEFSC Volunteers whose service is integral to the Laboratory in which he or she works, and who exemplifies the benefits of engaging citizens in NOAA Fisheries' work to foster an ethic of sustainable use.
2016: Lauren Kittell-Porter, Narragansett Laboratory
2015: Heather Elliston and Mary Lee O'Connell, Woods Hole Lab
2014: Grace Simpkins, Woods Hole Lab
2009: Richard Fuller, J.J. Howard Lab
2008: Patricia Shaheen, J.J. Howard Lab
Edward Hastings Memorial Award for Contract Employees
Contractors provide many services that are integral to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center; from entering data and editing office documents, to observing catches on fishing vessels, to performing high-level scientific work. This award is intended to recognize those Contractors who best exemplify dedication and excellence in job performance in furtherance of the NEFSC's mission.
2018: Patricia Widman, Ecosystems & Aquaculture Division, Milford Lab
2017: Dave McElroy, Cooperative Research Branch
2016: Michael P. Bergman, Ecosystem Surveys Branch
2015: Tasha O'Hara, Woods Hole Lab
2014: Eric Matzen, Woods Hole Lab
2013: Werner Schreiner, Milford Lab
2012: Nicole Charriere, Woods Hole
2011: Melissa Warden, Woods Hole
2010: Elizabeth Josephson, Woods Hole
2009: Ehren Habeck, J.J. Howard Lab
2008: Peter Plantamura, J.J. Howard Lab
Judith Brennan-Hoskins Memorial Award
To honor the memory of Judith Brennan-Hoskins, whose promising career ended prematurely while on the NMFS Woods Hole Laboratory staff and whose record of service was exemplary both in terms of dedicated service and in the scientific search for truth and understanding of the world in which we live. The award is presented to the member of the permanent scientific staff of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center best exemplifying the dedication and excellence of research with which Judy performed her duties.
The Award was originally restricted to Woods Hole Laboratory staff, however in 1999 it was expanded to include scientists at all the NEFSC Labs.
2018: David E. Richardson, Research Fish Biologist, Oceans & Climate Branch, Narragansett Lab
2017: Shannon Meseck, Research Chemist, Aquaculture Sustainability Branch, Milford Lab
2016: John Kocik, Research Fish Biologist, Protected Species Branch, Orono Field Station
2015: Julie Rose, Milford Lab
2014: Chad Demarest, Woods Hole Lab
2013: Sofie Van Parijs, Woods Hole
2012: Michael Palmer, Woods Hole
2011: Dvora Hart, Woods Hole
2010: Paul Nitschke, Woods Hole
2009: John Manderson, J.J. Howard Lab
2008: Christopher Legault, Woods Hole
2007: Maureen Taylor, Woods Hole Lab
2003: James Manning, Woods Hole Lab
2001: Gary Wikfors, Milford Lab
2000: Debra Palka, Woods Hole Lab
1999: David Packer, J.J. Howard Lab
1993: Donald Flescher, Woods Hole Lab
1989: Susan Wigley, Woods Hole Lab
1988: John Burnett, Woods Hole Lab
1987: Linda Despres, Woods Hole Lab
1986: Gordon Waring, Woods Hole Lab
1983: Joan Palmer, Woods Hole Lab
1981: Ralph Mayo, Woods Hole Lab
1980: Frank Almeida, Woods Hole Lab
1979: Anne Lange, Woods Hole Lab
Vinyl Nye Edwards Award
The Vinal Nye Edwards Award is presented to a member of the permanent NEFSC staff who best exemplifies dedication and excellence in job performance in furtherance of the NEFSC's mission while improving the quality of life for others in the workplace. The award is analogous to the Judith Brennan-Hoskins Memorial Award for the permanent scientific staff.
2018: Dylan Redman, Biology Scientific Lab Technician, Milford
2017: Heidi Marotta, IT Specialist, Woods Hole
2016: Otis Jackson, IT Specialist, Woods Hole
2015: LTJG Doug Pawlishen, Woods Hole Lab
2014: Sarah Pike, Woods Hole Lab
2013: Lauren Kirkpatrick, Woods Hole Lab
2012: Edgar Kleindinst, Woods Hole Lab
2011: Donna Sanchez, JJ Howard Lab
2010: Robert Alix, Milford Lab
2009: Kelly Taranto, Woods Hole Lab
2008: Karen Tougas, Narragansett Lab
2007: Kathy Libby, Orono Maine Field Station
2004: Claire Steimle, J.J. Howard Lab
2003: Betty Holmes, Woods Hole Lab
2002: Jane Allen, Narragansett Lab
2001: David Hiltz, Woods Hole Lab
The Annual Publication Award recognizes the most impactful paper lead by a NEFSC staff member published during the previous year.
2018: Lisa Natanson, for Age and growth of sharks: do vertebral bands pairs record age? published in Marine and Freshwater Research
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center presents its Annual Collaboration Award to groups who work together to further our mission and vision.
2018: GoFish, an at-sea, real-time data integration and visualization tool based on the Fisheries Logbook Data Recording Software, developed by John Manderson (NEFSC), James Manning (NEFSC), Jeff Pessutti (NEFSC), Pete Plantamura (NEFSC), John Hoey (NEFSC), Mike Morin (NEFSC), Katie Burchard (NEFSC), Chris Roebuck (fisherman), Joe Alvernson (fisherman), Brady Lynbarger (fisherman), Kevin Wark (fisherman), Leif Axelson (fisherman), Steve Axelson (fisherman), Bill Bright (fisherman), Steve Jacobson (fisherman), Tom Dameron (fisherman), and John Wilken (Rutgers University).
John K. Bullard Diversity Award
2019: Larry Alade, Population Dynamics Branch, Woods Hole
2019: NOAA Corps Officers, for their work during the 2018-2019 government shutdown. In the Northeast: LTJG Christopher Gallagher, LT Erick Estela Gomez, LT Andrew Paul Reynaga, CDR Nicole M. Cabana
NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal
2017: CMDR Chad Cary, for meritorious service while serving as the Acting Chief of Operations, Management and Information at NOAA's NEFSC. His exemplary leadership, organization, management and communications skills ensured that the Center successfully addressed all business and operations.
• Fishery Sampling Branch, for contributions in support of Northeast groundfish sectors and nearly 15,000 days observed in 2011
• Data Management Systems, for substantial efforts to get the groundfish sector program up and running
2011: Population Dynamics Branch, for scientific contributions in support of Northeast groundfish management
NOAA Special Act Award
2009: Teri Frady, for significant contributions to the social and marine science content in the Sant Ocean Hall and its educational stewardship mission that "the ocean is a global system essential to all life, including yours."