Dr. Sue Moore was named Director of the National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML)
effective 13 January 2002.
Between 1998 and 2001, Moore lead the NMMLs Cetacean Assessment and Ecology
Program. In that position, she coordinated research projects on beluga,
gray, blue, humpback, and North Pacific right whales and initiated use
of passive acoustic call detection for assessment of large whales in the southeastern Bering Sea.
Moore also served as a member of the U.S. delegation
to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) where she participated in
efforts to incorporate environmental data to the management regime for
large whales. She also served as the inter-sessional coordinator for the
IWCs Arctic working group seeking to assess the effects of climate change
on large-whale habitats there.
Prior to coming to the AFSC, Dr. Moore worked on various marine mammal
research projects, under contract to the U.S. Navy (USN) and the U.S. Minerals
Management Service (MMS). Between 1981 and 1991, she lead the MMS aerial
survey program for cetaceans offshore northern Alaska and later used the
10-year sighting database derived from this work as the foundation for
her Ph.D. dissertation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Between
1978 and 1981 and again in 1992-97, Moore lead marine mammal assessment
teams in response to USN underwater noise and ship shock programs. These
projects included assessment of noise exposure levels on marine mammals
and the design of mitigation plans to lessen the potential impact of military
activities on marine mammals in the North Pacific.
Since receiving her Ph.D from SIO in 1997, Moore has been an active member
of the academic research community. Her pursuit of acoustic detection
capabilities for the NMML has resulted in the consolidation of a team with
SIO colleagues and fostered the successful deployment of 12 passive acoustic
recorders, 4 in the southeastern Bering Sea and 8 offshore the Antarctic
peninsula as part of the Southern GLOBEC project funded by the National
Science Foundaton. Moore became an affiliate of the Zoology Department,
University of Washington (UW) last year, and has joined a team of UW scientists
conducting a long-term study of Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo, Argentina.
All of these pursuits are linked by Dr. Moores interest in biological
oceanography and the behavioral ecology of animals that live in the ocean.
McEntire, Weinberg Receive Bronze Award
Scott McEntire and Kenneth Weinberg of the Centers Resource Assessment
and Conservation Engineering (RACE) Division were awarded the NOAA bronze
medal award in the Scientific and Engineering Achievement category for
their development of the bottom contact sensor for use on bottom trawls.
AFSC Staff Named Employees of the Year
The following AFSC staff received NMFS Employees
of the Year awards.
- Clerical/Secretary: Dodie Pickle
- Administration/Technical Support: Lori Budbill
- Professional GS12//III and below: Paul Anderson
- Professional GS13/IV and above: Frank Morado
- Management/Supervisory: Russ Nelson.
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