Roberta Marinelli is Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. As dean she leads one of the strongest Earth sciences programs in the nation, with nationally recognized teaching and research expertise in oceanography, atmospheric sciences, geology, geography, and coastal studies.
Previously, Marinelli served as executive director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California, a post she held since 2011. There, she played a leadership role in planning and implementing an expansion of academic and research programs in environmental studies at USC's University Park Campus, and directed the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. Marinelli also oversaw the George and Mary Lou Boone Center for Science and Environmental Leadership, a nexus where scientists and policy makers can meet to resolve environmental challenges.
Prior to her arrival at USC, Marinelli was the Director of the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program in the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Sciences section, where she helped to lead the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary programs across the Foundation, including the International Polar Year, Climate Research Investments, and SEES (Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability). She was a tenured associate professor on the faculty at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science, and an assistant professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
Marinelli received her master's and doctoral degrees in marine science from the University of South Carolina, and her bachelor's degree from Brown University. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society.
Eric Kirby is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and holds the R.S. Yeats Chair in Earthquake Geology and Active Tectonics. He is broadly interested in the evolution of mountain ranges, and his research utilizes a combination of direct field observations, quantitative analysis of topography, proxy measures of erosion and exhumation, and analytical models of earth processes. His research has taken him around the world, from the high mountains of central Asia to the deserts of the western North America.
Prior to his arrival at OSU, Kirby served on the faculty of the Department of Geosciences at Penn State University as both Assistant and Associate Professor. He has served in Associate Editor roles for the journals Tectonics, Geology and the Geological Society of America Bulletin, and he was Science Editor for the journal Lithosphere. He is passionate about education, and is noted for his ability to convey complex concepts simply and effectively, his engagement of students during the delivery of lectures, and his emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. He has taught courses internationally in Germany, China, and Italy and holds a Guest Professor position at the China Earthquake Administration in Beijing. Kirby is the recipient of a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a recipient of prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. He has served on advisory boards for the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM). He holds a B.A. in Geology from Hamilton College in upstate NY, a M.S. in Geology from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Philip Mote is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI). His current research interests include regional climate modeling with a superensemble generated by volunteers' personal computers, and the influence of climate change on western US snowpack. He is the co-leader of the NOAA-funded Climate Impacts Research Consortium for the Northwest. He has served as a lead author for the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on three US National Climate Assessments, and eight committees of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2019 he will be President of the Global Environmental Change Section of the American Geophysical Union. He earned a BA in Physics from Harvard University and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.
Tuba Özkan-Haller is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Advancement and Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. She also holds an appointment as Professor at the School of Civil and Construction Engineering of the College of Engineering. Her research program focuses on the use of numerical, field, laboratory, and analytical approaches to arrive at a predictive understanding of waves, circulation, and bathymetric change in the nearshore ocean, including the continental shelf, the surf zone, inlets, and estuaries. The results of this work are being applied to navigational planning, for the development and design of wave energy conversion devices, and for forecasting of beach-goer hazards.
She is currently serving as a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, has served on an Academies committee on Marine Hydrokinetic Resource Assessment, and is currently chairing a committee on Long Term Coastal Zone Dynamics and Evolution. Özkan-Haller is passionate about communicating science to the public and has appeared in numerous documentaries produced by the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and Oregon Public Broadcasting, and was quoted in various news segments and newspaper articles, most recently about sneaker wave fatalities along the Pacific Northwest Coastline of the US. Özkan-Haller is the recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Outstanding Faculty Member Award at the University of Michigan as well as the Pattullo Award for Excellence in Teaching Award and Woman of Excellence Award at OSU. She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a M.C.E. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware.