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Burke Hales

Burke Hales is a Professor in Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering (1988) and a PhD in Chemical Oceanography (1995), both from the University of Washington, and was a Department of Energy Distinguished Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar, working with Dr. Taro Takahashi at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. 

He came to Oregon State University in 1998.  His research focuses on ocean carbon cycles at the ocean boundaries, including the seafloor, sea surface, and ocean-continental margins.  He has developed a number of sensors and systems for measuring ocean pH and carbonate chemistry, as well as oxygen and nutrient concentrations.  He has participated in over 500 days of at-sea field research, produced over 75 peer-reviewed publications, and received grant funding for over 30 research projects. 

He has taught 20 courses in ocean biogeochemistry, and had over 30 advisees from the undergraduate to post-doctoral level.  He has served on numerous panels and committees, including the North American Carbon Program Scientific Steering Group, The Alliance for Coastal Technologies Technical Advisory Committee, and the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel.




Professor Keith A. Hunter FNZIC FRSNZ

Keith is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Pro Vice Chancellor for Sciences at the University of Otago. He has conducted research in 2 main areas. In 1982 he established NZ’s first trace element clean laboratory, a facility that has been applied to the study of trace elements in natural waters. An important emphasis has been on the biogeochemical role of iron in the ocean in controlling plankton productivity and the carbon cycle. He has also conducted research on the ocean-atmosphere exchange of CO2 and its consequences for acidification of the oceans.

He was awarded the University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal in 2007, and was a recipient of the 2011 Prime Minister’s Science Prize awarded for his research group’s investigations of iron biogeochemistry in the oceans and its effects on plankton productivity. His group also received the University’s 2012 Distinguished Research Group Award. In 2014 he was awarded the Marsden Medal.

Keith is a co-founder of the Research Centre for Oceanography and currently on the Research Centre’s board. He is a member of the RSNZ (Royal Society New Zealand) Advisory Committee on Marine Science, New Zealand delegate to SCOR, Co-editor of Marine & Freshwater Research (CSIRO Publishing).



Christina A. Kellogg, Ph.D.

Dr. Kellogg grew up on a charter boat in the U.S. Virgin Islands with the Caribbean Sea as her backyard, so it was no wonder she pursued a career in marine biology. Chris is an environmental microbiologist who applies molecular techniques to characterize and identify microbial communities. After receiving her bachelors of science degree in biology from Georgetown University, Chris pursued a Ph.D. in marine microbiology from the University of South Florida, working on the genetic diversity of environmental viruses. This was followed by postdoctoral research on an NIH-funded fellowship to identify novel drug targets in pathogenic fungi and an internship at Human Genome Sciences.

Dr. Kellogg joined the U.S. Geological Survey as a Mendenhall Fellow, characterizing the microbial communities in aerosolized African desert dust, beach sediments, seagrass beds and coral reefs. Currently, she leads an environmental microbiology laboratory at the U.S. Geological Survey specializing in coral-associated microbes. Her research on tropical corals has taken her to the Florida Keys, Caribbean, Hawaii, and American Samoa, leading her friends to say that she specializes in ‘resort microbiology.’

Chris has been working in deepwater coral ecosystems since 2004 and considers herself extremely lucky to have had the privilege of visiting them personally using the Delta and Johnson-Sea-Link submersibles. She has authored 30 peer-reviewed papers as well as a number of book chapters and has given invited keynote talks on both her aerosol microbiology and deep-sea coral microbial work. Chris is presently serving on the executive board of the American Society for Microbiology. To learn more please visit her professional page or follow her personal twitter feed @DrChrisKellogg



Justin Manley

Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. He is a recognized leader in unmanned systems development and operations. Mr. Manley has been working with marine technology and robotics since 1990. He was a principal in the development of unmanned marine vehicles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1993 to 2002. Between 2002 and 2009 Mr. Manley provided marine technology consulting services, primarily to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he was the founding Chair of the NOAA-wide AUV Working Group.

In 2009 Mr. Manley transitioned to the private sector, joining Liquid Robotics during its startup phase. There he was responsible for developing new commercial and scientific programs based on the Wave Glider. In 2011 Mr. Manley joined Teledyne Benthos as Senior Director of Business Development where he managed a diverse product portfolio and led the development of a networked systems strategy across Teledyne Marine Systems (Benthos, Webb Research, Gavia, and SeaBotix).

Drawn back to entrepreneurial endeavors Mr. Manley began independent consulting in mid-2015. He supports clients from startups to multi-national corporations with core technical specializations in unmanned vehicles, robotics, sensors, and undersea systems. Mr. Manley offers clients support with strategy, business and product development, evangelism, and marketing.

Mr. Manley is extensively involved in the marine technology profession through a variety of leadership roles. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Marine Technology Society, and a member of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Advisory Committee. He is also dedicated to innovation, serving as an advisor to startup companies and a judge for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE.



Greg Rau

For the past 35 years Dr. Rau has been actively engaged in carbon biogeochemistry research. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington with subsequent work experience at the University of California, Los Angeles, NASA-Ames Research Center, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He has been a Senior Researcher with the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz since 1988, and a Visiting Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 1991. Dr. Rau has published numerous articles and has been awarded 4 patents in the field of CO2 mitigation technology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a 30+ year member of the American Geophysical Union.

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