Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Assessing Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations

Primary Board:

Study Director:


Dr. James A. Yoder - (Chair)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

James A. Yoder, Chair, is Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). A biological oceanographer, Dr. Yoder is well known in the oceanographic research community, having served as a researcher, professor and more recently as Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC from 2001 to 2004. He has worked at NASA headquarters and has been a member of numerous national and international committees and panels on oceanographic research. In particular, he was chair of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group. James Yoder received a B.A. degree in botany from DePauw University in 1970, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in 1974 and 1979, respectively. He joined the staff at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Georgia in 1978, and from 1986 to 1988 was a visiting senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working as a program manager in the ocean branch at NASA headquarters. He joined the faculty at the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at URI in 1989 and was promoted to professor in 1992. He was named Associate Dean of Oceanography at GSO in 1993 and served in that capacity until 1998, with responsibilities for curriculum planning and delivery, admissions, recruitment, and graduate student affairs. Dr. Yoder has served on NRC committees and currently is a member of the Ocean Studies Board.


Dr. David A. Siegel
University of California, Berkeley

David A. Siegel is a Professor of Marine Science in the Geography Department and Director of the Institute for Computational Earth System Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He joined the UCSB faculty in 1990 after a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Siegel is an interdisciplinary marine scientist. His research focuses on the assessment and functioning of aquatic ecosystems using the tools of an applied physicist: namely radiative transfer and fluid mechanics. He has published over 100 refereed works in satellite ocean color remote sensing, marine bio-optics, and the coupling of ecological and ocean physical processes from basin- to micro-scales with application in problems ranging from biogeochemical cycles, plankton ecology and fisheries oceanography. Dr. Siegel is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Siegel is a member of the Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Committee and has been a member of several NASA Earth Science research teams including Science Working Groups for the Aerosol-Cloud-Ecosystem (ACE) and Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HypsIRI) decadal survey missions. Dr. Siegel received his undergraduate degrees from the University of California, San Diego in 1982 and his doctoral degree from the University of Southern California in 1988.


Dr. Jorge L. Sarmiento
Princeton University

Dr. Jorge L. Sarmiento is the George J. Magee Professor of Geosciences and Geological Engineering at Princeton University. He obtained his PhD at the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University in 1978, and then served as a post-doc at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA in Princeton before joining the Princeton University faculty in 1980. He has published widely on the global carbon cycle, on the use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation, and on the impact of climate change on ocean biology and biogeochemistry. He has participated in the scientific planning and execution of many of the large-scale multi-institutional and international oceanographic biogeochemical and tracer programs of the last three decades. He was Director of Princeton's Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program from 1980 to 1990 and 2006 to the present, and is Director of the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science. He has served on the editorial board of multiple journals and as editor of Global Biogeochemical Cycles. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Dr. Cara Wilson
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Cara Wilson is a research oceanographer for the Environmental Research Division at NOAA?s Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Her research interests are in using satellite data to examine bio-physical coupling in the surface ocean, specifically she is interested in the determining the biological and physical causes of the large chlorophyll blooms that often develop in late summer time in the oligotrophic Pacific near 30�N. Dr. Wilson earned a B.SC in oceanography from the University of Michigan in 1989 and a PhD in oceanography from Oregon State University in 1997. Prior to joining NOAA in 2002 she worked at NASA?s Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Wilson has been a member of NOAA?s Satellite R&O (Research and Operations) task team, the Coastal Ocean Applications and Science Team (COAST), and NOAA?s OCPOP (Ocean Color Product Oversight Panel). She?s the PI of the west coast node of NOAA?s CoastWatch program and the chair of NOAA?s ad hoc group on ocean color.


Dr. Robert H. Evans, Jr
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Robert Evans is a research professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS). Dr. Evans is a faculty member of the RSMAS Remote Sensing Group (RSG); an interdisciplinary research group engaged in research and graduate instruction in the techniques of satellite oceanography and their application to problems in physical, biological and chemical oceanography. Dr. Evans? focus of research is to develop quantitative methods that permit timely access to satellite remote-sensing observations of transient events in the ocean, using imaging infrared sensors and multi-spectral infrared and color scanner observations. He continues evolutionary development of processing and analysis capabilities with the goal being generation of long-term time series of oceanic mesoscale variability.


Dr. Carl F. Schueler
Raytheon Company [Retired]

Carl Schueler retired as chief scientist of Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (SBRS) in Dec 2006, and was an industry remote sensing and electro-optics consultant until joining Orbital Sciences Corporation in July 2008 to support satellite remote-sensing. Since the early 1980?s he led numerous sensor studies and proposals resulting in polar and geosynchronous Earth observation and planetary exploration instruments. He managed SBRS?s mid-1990?s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Block 6 and Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) studies leading to Raytheon participation in the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). As Technical Director from 1996 to 2002, he led design of the Visible Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the key NPOESS atmosphere, land, and ocean sensor. From 2001 to 2006 he was Technical Director of Raytheon?s Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS) for NASA?s Glory mission. Dr. Schueler is a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS). He serves on two Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) remote sensing program committees and on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Systems Technical Committee (SSTC). He received the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB in 1980 as a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has published over 70 technical papers on remote sensing and instrument design, and has served on five NRC committees, including the Decadal Study Weather Panel.


Dr. Curtis Mobley
Sequoia Scientific, Inc.

Curtis Mobley is the Vice President for Science and a Senior Scientist at Sequoia Scientific, Inc. Dr. Mobley has a background in physics and meteorology, but most of his career has been devoted to research in radiative transfer theory applied to problems in optical oceanography. He created the widely-used Hydrolight computer program and wrote the textbook Light and Water: Radiative Transfer in Natural Waters. Early in his career, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, and has held both regular (at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab) and senior (at the Jet Propulsion Lab) National Research Council Resident Research Associateships. He was an oceanographer with the University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean during the 1980s. From 1989-1991, he was the Program Manager of the Ocean Optics (now Environmental Optics) program at the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Mobley has been an associate professor of physics at Pacific Lutheran University, and is now an Affiliate Professor in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington.


Dr. David Antoine
Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villefranche

David Antoine is a CNRS senior research scientist at the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing group of the Laboratoire d'Oc�anographie de Villefranche in France. He received a doctorate degree in oceanography from the Universit� Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France, in 1995. His research interests include marine optics, bio-optics, radiative transfer and applications, ocean color remote sensing including atmospheric corrections, modeling of oceanic primary production from satellite ocean color. He was involved in the definition, preparation and implementation of the European Space Agency (ESA) ENVISAT-MERIS ocean color satellite mission. He has served as chair (2007-2009) of the ocean group of the French space agency (CNES) scientific committee. He now serves as chair of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group, and is a member of the ESA? Earth Science Advisory Committee.


Dr. Shubha Sathyendranath
Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Shubha Sathyendranath is a senior scientist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK) and an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University (Canada). She served as Executive Director of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) till 2008 and continues to be involved in POGO currently, focussing on its capacity building efforts. She is an expert in marine optics and has several years of experience working on ocean-colour algorithm development and applications, and has published extensively in this field. She earned a doctorate in Optical Oceanography from the Universit� Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris, France, in 1981. Dr. Sathyendranath is a former member of the National Academies' Committee on International Capacity Building for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Oceans and Coasts.


Dr. Carlos E. Del Castillo
Johns Hopkins University

Carlos Del Castillo is a member of the Senior Professional Staff with the Space Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and the William S. Parsons Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Dr. Del Castillo started his career at the University of Puerto Rico studying the effects of oil pollution in tropical marine environments. Later, at the University of South Florida, his interest in organic carbon biogeochemistry and the carbon cycle lead him to the use of remote sensing to study biogeochemical and physical processes in the oceans through a combination of remote sensing, and field and laboratory experiments. While working at NASA as a researcher, Dr. Del Castillo also served as Project Manager at Stennis Space Center, MS, and as a Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Del Castillo served in several inter-agency working groups, chaired NASA and NSF workshops, and is now a member of NASA?s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystem Management and Operations working Group. Dr. Del Castillo has several well-cited publications (over 70 citations), co-edited a book on the application of remote sensing techniques, and is a frequent reviewer for technical journals. He received a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Marine Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagez, and his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of South Florida.