Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Personnel Bios


Jack Barth

Jack Barth

Project Scientist

Jack Barth is a professor of oceanography in Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. He received a Ph.D in Oceanography in 1987 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. Jack's research seeks to understand the spatially and temporally variable circulation, water mass structure and ecosystem response in coastal waters. He has led a number of research, technology development and ocean observing system projects off Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Jack participated in the Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) Northeast Pacific and the Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) research programs, including serving as Chief Scientist on many interdisciplinary research cruises. His present research includes a focus on the characteristics and formation of low-oxygen zones off Oregon. Jack's research team uses autonomous underwater gliders to study this region, logging over 49,000 km of measurements over the last several years. He presently serves on the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. From 2004 to 2007, Jack was a member of NSF's Observatory Steering Committee that launched the OOI and, together with Collier and Dever, was co-PI on the original OSU proposal to establish the Endurance Array. As Project Scientist for the OOI, he is responsible for facilitating the scientific use of the Endurance Array and working with the OOI engineering team to ensure the observatory infrastructure will meet the OOI science objectives. See Jack Barth's CEOAS profile for more information.


Bob Collier

Bob Collier

Special Projects

After receiving his Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Bob Collier joined the faculty of Oregon State University's (OSU) College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences in 1981. Collier is a Professor of Marine Geochemistry and as such has investigated seafloor hydrothermal vents in Crater Lake, off the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and the Central Indian Ridge. He conducted research on methane at cold seeps including Hydrate Ridge off Newport, OR. Other research interests include trace element chemistry of dissolved and particulate materials and geochemistry of methane hydrates and seeps off Oregon. Collier served as Project Manager for the OOI Endurance Array between 2006-2014. Along with Barth and Dever, Collier was co-PI on the original OSU proposal to establish the Endurance Array. See Bob Collier's CEOAS profile for more information.


Ed Dever

Ed Dever

Endurance PI/Project Manager

Dever received his MS in oceanography from Texas A&M University in 1989 and his PhD in Oceanography from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in 1995. As the Project Manager for the OOI Endurance Array, Dever is responsible for OSU budgets, schedules and staff as well as overall OOI program guidance. Dever has over 15 years of experience making and analyzing moored oceanographic observations. During this time, he has been chief scientist on over 20 mooring deployment and recovery cruises. He was a principal investigator for field programs including the US Minerals Management Service (MMS)-funded Santa Barbara Channel Santa Maria Basin (SBC-SMB) study, the Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) Wind Events and Shelf Transport (WEST) study and the CoOP River Influences on Shelf Ecosystems (RISE) study. In these programs, he has specified moored array system requirements for shelf process studies and long term observations, and he has led data quality control and scientific analyses of the resulting moored oceanographic time series. He is a co-PI on the OSU OOI subcontract to CGSN and has been working on OOI since 2006. See Ed Dever's CEOAS profile for more information.


Linda Fayler

Linda Fayler

Electrical Engineer

Linda received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University in 1991. She worked as an Instrument Engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation doing instrumentation installation designs until 2004. She continued her instrumentation work as a marine technician on the R/V Wecoma, maintaining the common use instrumentation and supporting the use of the Sea Soar, a towed instrument package. As a research assistant at the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory she maintained the common use instrumentation and setup projects from 2004 to 2010. Presently she is helping in the implementation of the Endurance Array a part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. See Linda Fayler's CEOAS profile for more information.


Jonathan Fram

Jonathan Fram

Systems Engineer

Jonathan is the systems engineer for the Endurance Array portion of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. His field of research is environmental fluid mechanics. He received his MS and PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a post doc at the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute he delineated physical processes that affected nutrient dynamics in biogeochemical hotspots including kelp beds, coral reefs, Arctic lakes, and vegetated tidal marshes. He also completed a post doc at the University of Hawaii where he worked on the Kilo Nalu Cabled Observatory characterizing fluxes between sandy seafloors and the overlaying water column. See Jonathan Fram's CEOAS profile for more information.


Chris Holm

Chris Holm

Technician

Chris received his B.S. in Chemistry from Oregon State University in 2004, and an M.S. in Oceanography from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in 2006. He has worked as a Faculty Research Assistant for Oregon State University since 2007 and developed an Autonomous In-situ instrument for Copper and Zinc, as well as an Iron instrument with a 10 sec response time. He has experience fabricating, wiring, and programing instruments and equipment for use in the marine environment and a background in Analytical Chemistry and QA/QC procedures. Chris will aid in field operations as well as refurbishment of mooring platforms and maintenance of instrumentation.


Tom Kearney

Tom Kearney

Endurance Project Management Assistant

Thomas received his M.S. in Oceanography from Oregon State University in 2009, and a BS in Management and Finance from the University of Oregon in 1986. Thomas is a project manager with 20 years experience leading business process and technology projects, including two years with the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) project, five years with Nike, Inc., 3 years as an Oracle Consultant, and 10 years with Standard Insurance. Thomas is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). His MS degree focused on marine observation science and sensor technology, including collaboration with Professors Robert Collier and Edward Dever to develop an OOI Sensor Life Cycle Process. Thomas is currently the OOI Endurance Array Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manager, responsible for O&M staffing, facilities design, equipment purchases, process development, programmatic budgets and schedules. See Tom Kearney's CEOAS profile for more information.


Pei Kupperman

Pei Kupperman

Financial Analyst

Pei received her MBA in Accounting from Baruch College, CUNY in 1996. Prior to joining OSU four years ago, she worked in multiple industries within the fields of accounting and operations. At OSU she has worked for Information Services and the University Library as unit Financial Accountant for budget, forecast, analysis and reporting. She was also the unit Final Approver for accounting transactions. She currently is the Financial Analyst for Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) OSU team, preparing monthly reports and managing the daily financial operations. See Pei Kupperman's CEOAS profile for more information.


Steven Lambert

Technician

Steve earned his M.S. in Oceanography from Florida State University where he studied turbulent mixing in the Gulf of Mexico. He then worked in the Physical Oceanography Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as an instrument technician in the Arctic. Steve was a Marine Technician at OSU before joining the OOI team as a mooring technician. See Steven Lambert's CEOAS profile for more information.


David Neiman

David Neiman

Integration and Test Engineer

David received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. His previous experience is in application of electron spectroscopic techniques to the physical and chemical characterization of solid surfaces. He holds 2 patents and lists over a dozen scientific publications. As Integration, Verification, and Test Engineer in Ocean Observatories Initiative at Oregon State University he specializes in creating test plans and procedures for instruments and platforms used in the coastal arrays and assists in integration planning for cross-IO interfaces. See David Neiman's CEOAS profile for more information.


Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce

Technician

Stuart started working with the OOI glider group in September 2011. He received his BS in Marine Biology from Auburn University in 2005, and an MS in Physical Oceanography with a certificate of Ocean Observing Systems from the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University in 2011. His Master's thesis looked at observations of coastal trapped waves on the Texas-Louisiana shelf from Hurricane Andrew. The certificate of Ocean Observing Systems extensively prepared him for operational oceanography including instrument operations, data processing and analysis, and remote sensing. He has worked previously with mooring assembly and oceanographic instrumentation integration. He is part of the coastal glider operations and maintenance team for the OOI. See Stuart Pearce's CEOAS profile for more information.


Craig Risien

Craig Risien

Technician

Craig received his M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2002. In 2006 he received his M.S. in Marine Resource Management from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University. He has worked as a contractor for the South African Institute for Maritime Technology, and since 2006 has worked as a faculty research assistant at CEOAS where he focuses on developing educational, data and information products, and operational coastal oceanography. Craig is active as an Ocean Observatories Initiative mooring technician and as a Data Management and Communication specialist for the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems. See Craig Risien's CEOAS profile for more information.


Tully Rohrer

Robert (Tully) Rohrer

Mooring Operations Lead

Tully received his B.A. in Environmental Science in May of 2004. He was the Assistant Program Director for the Catalina Island Marine Institute for six years, a program specializing in experiential education for middle and high school students. He has worked as a Faculty Research Assistant for Oregon State University since 2011, specializing in oceanographic mooring arrays. He began as the Offshore Mooring Technician with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), where he maintained an oceanographic mooring system and data product that has been in place since 1998. Tully now serves as the Mooring Operations Lead, planning mooring maintenance and replacement cruises, as well as directing activities aboard the ship. When he's not at sea, he refurbishes mooring platforms and maintains instrumentation. See Tully Rohrer's CEOAS profile for more information.


Walt Waldorf

Walt Waldorf

Senior Operations Engineer (Retired)

Walt lead the field operations for the OOI Endurance Array. Presently, he works half time in support of the EA/OOI. He received his B.S. from Humboldt State University in 1972. He worked at Scripps Institution of Oceanography from 1972-1992 first, as a Marine Technician for the GEOSECS Operations Group from (1972-1978 mapping global ocean circulation and geochemistry), and then in the Center for Coastal Studies where he provided technical support and engineering for nearshore studies. In 1992 he took a position with Oregon State University as faculty research assistant, working in support of research projects in physical oceanography. See Walt Waldorf's CEOAS profile for more information.


Christopher Wingard

Christopher Wingard

Senior Technician

Chris joined the OOI program at OSU in September 2010 as a Field Instrumentation Technician. He holds an MS in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Oregon, where he focused on the biology of microbial systems found in the extreme environments of the hypersaline lakes and hot springs of the Northern Great Basin and Yellowstone National Park. Since then, he has worked for 14 years as part of the bio-optical and bio-acoustics group in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. He has extensive sea-going experience with a wide variety of oceanographic instrumentation systems and the supporting computer hardware and software. See Christopher Wingard's CEOAS profile for more information.


Jonathan Whitefield

Technician

Jonathan arrived at OOI in March 2016 after completing his second Master's degree at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he ran model simulations to analyze freshwater content in the Pacific-Arctic nearshore region. He earned his first Master's in 2004 from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and was awarded a BSc (Hons.) from the University of Wales, Bangor in the UK in 2000. He has extensive ship time, working off-shore on many projects and regions, including the tropical waters of Bermuda and Brazil, and the Arctic waters of Russia and Alaska. He currently assists with building, programming and maintaining the OOI moorings, and also works with the coastal glider operations team. See Jonathan Whitefield's CEOAS profile for more information.


Johna Winters

Johna Winters

Technician

See Johna Winters's CEOAS profile for more information.