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Personnel

Our staff routinely collaborate to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to the problems facing our clients. Key members of our staff are listed in alphabetical order below, along with available bio information. To send an email, click the employee's name.



Thomas Allen, A.A., Marine Technician

Mr. Thomas Allen has experience with the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS), covering installation, operation, repair, and periodic maintenance of monitoring stations. His educational credentials include Associates Degrees in Avionics, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Networking. In addition to his current experience with PORTS, he has 24 years of electronics maintenance work and training with the United States Air Force. His Air Force experience includes computerized test station operation and maintenance, avionics and electronics maintenance, corrosion control, and quality assurance programs.Brief Bio Sketch
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Eric Aronchick, B.S., Oceanographic Field Technician

Mr. Aronchick earned his B.S. in Oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology in May of 2010. Following graduation, Mr. Aronchick was hired as a private consultant to aid in deep water sampling in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Upon completion of the offshore sampling program, Mr. Aronchick was hired on as a primary marine field technician working with NOAA/NOS NWLON, PORTS and short term vertical datum systems. Following two years of extensive coastal and nearshore work with NOAA/NOS NWLON and PORTS programs, Mr. Aronchick returned offshore, working as a hydrographic survey technician, partaking in large scale sea floor mapping, early object (hazard) detection studies in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and coastal Texas waterways. Since June 2013 Mr. Aronchick has been working with the Woods Hole Group as the local oceanographic field technician for the Gulf of Mexico region. He has participated in numerous mooring deployment and recovery operations, both offshore in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, as well as internationally. With his growing experience in offshore operations, Mr. Aronchick has been appointed the primary Party Chief for WHG offshore operations, leading deployment, recovery, and servicing operations of the WHG Watch Dog Real Time Metocean Mooring (RTMM) as well as the maintenance and servicing of all WHG rig based, real time current meter launch and recovery systems located on various Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) throughout the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Aronchick has also continued to assist the Woods Hole Group team with the maintenance and servicing of the JMTX/NOAA/NOS PORT system, and the real time current meters mounted on aid to navigation (ATON) buoys in the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL. Brief Bio Sketch

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David G. Aubrey, Ph.D., Senior Scientist/Engineer

Dr. David G. Aubrey, founder and CEO of the Woods Hole Group, provides overall scientific and engineering guidance. He performs high-level QA/QC on many WHG projects while managing many projects on his own. Prior to founding the Woods Hole Group, Dr. Aubrey was for 22 years a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). While at WHOI, Dr. Aubrey served as Director of the Coastal Research Center where he oversaw and performed many studies in the area of the coastal environment and climate change. Dr. Aubrey has more than 90-refereed publications and numerous technical documents, and is co-author on several books. Dr. Aubrey specializes in international environmental projects including science, engineering, policy, legal, regulatory, and management. His most recent projects focus on coasts, rivers and their basins, terrestrial environments, and marine environments, for physical, chemical, biological, and information technology applications. Dr. Aubrey has developed international environmental programmes in diverse places such as the Black, Caspian, and Yellow Seas, Gulf of Honduras, West Indian Ocean, Guinea Current region of West Africa, and in the Middle East. He has directly assisted countries in the implementation of environmental policy, legal, regulatory, and integrated management regimes. Dr. Aubrey has performed many environmental impact analyses, health impact analyses, and audits to evaluate the impacts of proposed projects on both the environment and human health, for various sectors including intergovernmental bodies (UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, International Development Bank), national governments, local governments, commercial firms, and private individuals.Brief Bio Sketch

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Trevor Ball, B.S., Mechanical Engineer

Trevor Ball has 7 years of design, assembly and fabrication experience working as a mechanical engineer. He is experienced with a variety of CAD packages including AutoCAD, SolidWorks, ProE, and Mechanical Desktop. Mr. Ball earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UMASS Lowell in 2011. He spent 5 years drafting, assembling and designing for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as an engineering assistant. Now, at Woods Hole Group, he has been responsible for mechanical design and development on a number of oceanographic measurement systems for oil and gas production facilities; including the development of the Woods Hole Group Watchdog and Watchdog V2 buoys. In addition, he has been involved with the design and layout of a number of the NOAA PORTS sites serviced by Woods Hole Group, primarily the Jacksonville St. Johns River PORTS system. Trevor has experience with design and development of mechanical systems and regularly collaborates with scientists and machinists in the development of project components. Brief Bio Sketch

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Justin Bickett, B.S., Marine Field Technician

Mr. Justin Bickett has experience in maintenance of real-time monitoring systems, including the deployment of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), tidal, and meteorological equipment. He is responsible for routine and emergency maintenance for all stations in the Chesapeake Bay, New York/New Jersey Harbor, and the Delaware River PORTS systems. His education includes a B.S in Communications from East Carolina University and A.A.S in Marine Technology from Cape Fear Community College. He completed five oceangoing research training cruises aboard the R/V Cape Hatteras where he deployed CTDs, Niskin bottles, sediment samplers, and various sonar devices. He has a U.S. Coast Guard OUPV Captainís License as well as NAUI Open Water dive certification. Brief Bio Sketch

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Edward H. Burger, M.A., Marine Scientist

Mr. Ned Burger has over 30 years of experience with marine physical and biological data collection and analyses; including design, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of shallow and deep water real-time monitoring systems in estuaries, with 20 years experience using real-time oceanographic and meteorological measurement systems. He has worked as a member of diverse research teams in the establishment of permanent water quality monitoring stations on moored coastal buoys and other fixed platforms in and around the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Mr. Burgerís work with Woods Hole Group has focused on meteorological and physical oceanographic measurements, including both surface and bottom mounted ADCP systems that telemeter data in real time. His academic credentials include a M.A. in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, where he specialized in physical oceanography and environmental engineering and a B.S. in Biology from St. Maryís College of Maryland, where he specialized in estuarine systems. In his role with the Woods Hole Group, he has acted as a Local Operator and Marine Technician for the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River and Bay and Jacksonville PORTS (NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real Time Systems) programs. His responsibilities include on-site service and maintenance, reporting, and project management.Brief Bio Sketch

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Robert A. Catalano, M.B.A., V.P. Science Operations/Team Leader

Mr. Robert A. Catalano has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of marine instrumentation, coastal and physical oceanographic data collection, project management, and general business management. Mr. Catalano specializes in Project Management for large-scale hydrographic and marine geophysical data acquisition surveys, physical oceanographic data acquisition, and marine data acquisition instrumentation systems and has extensive experience in international and domestic projects for both government and private sector clients. As the Vice President of Scientific Operations, Mr. Catalano is responsible for the scientific operations for the consulting business of the Woods Hole Group, monitoring the financial, quality, and schedule performance of all field programs. In this role, Mr. Catalano is responsible for implementation and compliance with all internal and external HSE requirements. Mr. Catalano earned his M.B.A. at Northeastern University in 1996 and his B.S. in Geology at the University of Connecticut in 1976.Brief Bio Sketch

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Peter Collins, B.S., Oceanographic Field Technician

Specializing in the installation, support and maintenance of oceanographic monitoring equipment in oceanographic settings. Skilled in the use and configuration of sensors for measuring meteorological and oceanographic data. System level and component level electronic circuit troubleshooting and repair, malfunction trend analysis, and quality control inspection. A specialist in the area of customer training of electronic system integration for oceanographic systems. A motivated team leader, dedicated team player, and an enthusiastic teacher and communicator. Brief Bio Sketch

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Alexis Crouch, B.S., Marine Field Technician

Alexis Crouch has a background in marine biology, physical oceanography, computer systems and computer programing. She has experience with oceanographic data collection programs, including the operation and maintenance of real-time monitoring systems in ports and harbors. Her academic credentials include B.S in Marine Science and a B.S. in Computer Science from Jacksonville University. Ms. Crouch is the marine field technician for the NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) program in Jacksonville, Florida. In this capacity she is responsible for the day-to-day management, oversight, client communications, reporting and overall maintenance of the Jacksonville PORTS program. Her experience covers the maintenance of water level sensors, current meter systems, meteorological sensors, visibility sensors, and air gap systems. Ms. Crouch is also a part of a team that maintains and deploys the Real-Time Current Measurement Systems for BP in the Gulf of Mexico.Brief Bio Sketch

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Zachary Dukenfield, Marine Technician

Mr. Zachary Dukenfield has experience in preparation, installation, and maintenance of real-time monitoring systems, including the deployment of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), tidal and meteorological equipment. Regular quality-control of data for all stations in the Delaware River and Bay, Chesapeake Bay, New York / New Jersey Harbor, and Jacksonville PORTS systems. He is Certified in OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER, in accordance with Federal OSHA regulations and has participated in the Newtown Creek Superfund sediment sampling project. Brief Bio Sketch

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Clinton Hare, Ph.D., Mid-Atlantic Operations Manager/Oceanographer

Dr. Clinton Hare has a broad background in biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography. He is experienced with oceanographic data collection programs, including equipment configuration and installation, as well as operation and maintenance of real-time monitoring systems in ports and harbors, coastal, and offshore environments. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Oceanography, M.S. in Marine Studies, and B.A. in Biological Sciences all from the University of Delaware. Dr. Hare is the Project Manager for eleven NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) programs. In this capacity he is responsible for the day-to-day management, oversight, planning, client communication, reporting, and overall maintenance and operation of the programs. His expertise covers the installation and maintenance of tidal gauges, current meters systems, meteorological sensors, visibility sensors, and air gap systems.Brief Bio Sketch

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Leonid I. Ivanov, Ph.D., Oceanographer

Dr. Leonid I. Ivanov has more than 30 years of experience worldwide in open-ocean and coastal oceanography. He specializes in the collection, process-oriented analysis and interpretation of oceanographic data as well as in the integration of field data into project design, including the design of multi-disciplinary field studies to measure currents, water level, and seawater properties in various environments. Dr. Ivanov has conducted field studies and research in various regions of the ocean focusing on the studies of physical mechanisms driving seasonal and meso-scale ocean variability, as well as baroclinic and barotropic tides and inertia-gravity waves. He is the author (or co-author) of 30 peer-reviewed publications.Brief Bio Sketch

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Ruiping Ma, Ph.D., Software Engineer

Dr. Ruiping Ma is a Met-Ocean System Software Engineer at the Woods Hole Group. She received her B.E. degree in Computer Science from ZhengZhou University, China, in 1996. She earned a M.S. in Computer Science from the Second Academy of China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp., Beijing, China in 1999. In 2013 she was awarded a Ph. D. in Computer Engineering by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Dr. Ma joined the Woods Hole Group in April 2014. Before joining Woods Hole Group she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth working on a NASA-funded research project relating satellite ocean color imagery to ship-based radiometric measurement in optically complex coastal waters. She also developed software for biogeochemical and physical oceanographic and fisheries applications. Her degrees and experience include fault intrusion tolerant computing, networking, software development, data analysis, web development, and underwater vehicle control. At the Woods Hole Group, she is applying her skills towards software development for data acquisition, display, quality control, and management for ocean meteorological observation systems in the Gulf of Mexico and other locations.
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Bruce A. Magnell, Ph.D., Senior Scientist/Senior Oceanographer

Dr. Bruce A. Magnell has more than 30 years of experience in applied science and ocean engineering for a wide range of commercial and government clients. He is a recognized expert in the field of physical oceanography in industry, government, and academia. His fields of expertise include physical oceanography, electrical engineering, coastal ocean dynamics, oceanographic instrumentation design and evaluation, signal processing, data analysis, data acquisition, real-time telemetry, processing system design and implementation, technology evaluation, business management and business development. He has extensive experience in the analysis of coastal ocean dynamics, especially wind-driven circulation and mixing on the continental shelf. Specifically, Dr. Magnell has collected, analyzed, and reported on numerous deepwater current measurement programs worldwide, including some of the first observations of the loop current in the Gulf of Mexico. In the past few years, he has been the Principal Investigator for oceanographic data collection programs in the USA, offshore Brazil, offshore West Africa, offshore Australia, and offshore Indonesia. He also has participated in and directed large-scale oceanographic measurement programs for the MMS, such as the Northern California Coastal Circulation Study and the New England Outer Continental Shelf Physical Oceanography Program. Brief Bio Sketch

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Archie Todd Morrison III, Ph.D., O.E., Senior Ocean Engineer

Dr. Todd Morrison is a Senior Ocean Engineer at the Woods Hole Group. He graduated from Harvard University in 1981 with a B.A., cum laude, in Engineering and Applied Science / Electrical Engineering. He earned an M.S. in Ocean Engineering and an O.E. in Oceanographic Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, both in 1994. In 1997 he was awarded a Ph. D. in Oceanographic Engineering by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Dr. Morrison joined the Woods Hole Group in the summer of 2009. Before joining Woods Hole Group he developed instrument systems and software for biogeochemical and physical oceanographic investigations and fisheries and medical research for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, several private oceanographic instrumentation companies, and as an independent consultant. His degrees and experience have focused on instrument development, the design of oceanographic systems, and underwater vehicle control. At Woods Hole Group he applies over 30 years of experience with electrical and electronic systems and design, mechanical systems, materials science, and software development to the design, fabrication, and installation of complex oceanographic instrument systems to address the needs of our clients.
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Catherine A. Morey, B.S., Project Management & Marketing Coordinator

Ms. Morey provides company-wide project management support to the managers and engineers on a variety of technical projects. Specifically, for the USACE-NAE Contract, Ms. Morey has primary responsibility for task order/contract administration, financial tracking and invoicing, and developing subcontract documentation with Woods Hole Group's teaming partners. Additionally, she helps conceive, design, organize and execute corporate marketing events and programs, manages tradeshow and conference logistics, and website content. Ms. Morey implements and designs new database structures to enable the company wide sharing of leads and information. She also is the editor, publisher, and distribution manager for the Woods Hole Group external newsletter. Brief Bio Sketch

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Rafael Ramos, Ph.D., Senior Oceanographer

Dr. Rafael Ramos has more than 25 years of experience working in many aspects of ocean engineering, marine, and atmospheric sciences for government entities, research institutions, and the offshore oil industry. He earned a Masterís Degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate Degree in Applied Marine Physics at the University of Miami. He also completed a Post-Doctorate appointment at the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advance Remote Sensing of the University of Miami. He has been involved in multiple aspects of design and requalification of fixed offshore platforms, and managed several related projects including the generation and implementation of risk-based design and assessment criteria and recommended practices for offshore platforms in Bay of Campeche. Dr. Ramos has been also involved in several field experiments focused on further understanding atmospheric, oceanographic, and air-sea interaction phenomena, ranging from internal waves to momentum and heat transfer on the ocean surface. He is author or coauthor of more than 13 peer-reviewed technical articles and more than 10 conference proceedings papers dealing with modeling and interpretation of data collected by shore-, vessel-, and satellite-based remote sensing systems as well as moored and non-moored buoy instrumentation. Brief Bio Sketch

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James Spilsbury, B.S., Marine Field Technician

Mr. James Spilsbury has experience with oceanographic data collection platforms, including integrating, testing, installing, operating and maintaining real-time oceanographic and meteorological monitoring systems in near shore and offshore environments. Prior to joining Woods Hole Group, he was a key resource for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS), helping to deploy, operate, maintain and repair buoys, sensors, equipment and moorings for the system. His credentials include a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of Maine, a USCG 100-ton Inland Captainís License, HAZWOPER 40 Hour training, and offshore certification for oil and gas rigs. His responsibilities at Woods Hole Group include installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting all monitoring systems for the Narragansett Bay, New London, New Haven, and New York/New Jersey Harbor Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS). In addition to his field expertise, Mr. Spilsbury is also responsible for planning maintenance activities, preparing documentation and monthly progress reports, and performing daily quality control of NOAA real-time oceanographic systems. Mr. Spilsbury also has experience with and has participated in multiple mooring deployments both offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and in coastal environments. He also is experienced with the configuration, assembly, deployment, and retrieval of short-term and long-term current meter systems in a variety of marine environments.Brief Bio Sketch

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David Szabo, M.S., Manager Houston Office/Senior Oceanographer

Mr. David Szabo has more than 45 years of experience in metocean sciences and has worked with a wide range of government, education, and oil industry clients. He earned his M.S. in oceanography at Florida State University in 1978 and his B.S. in meteorology and oceanography at New York University in 1970. Through his work experience Mr. Szabo has developed a broad practical knowledge of the application of metocean research in engineering applications. His experiences range from design and management of major oceanographic measurement programs to validation of numerical wave and current models for engineering use. He has both participated in and developed joint industry and speculative metocean programs. Mr. Szabo also has over 20 years of experience in business development and management. Brief Bio Sketch

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Minhchau Hung Vu, B.S., Chief Engineer/Production Manager

Mr. Minhchau H. Vu earned his B.S. in Computer Science at Boston University in 1992. Mr. Vu's 16 years of expertise include designing, engineering and writing firmware for embedded microprocessor of the current meters, wave gauges, tide gauges, meteorology systems; integration, installation and testing of the oceanographic measurement systems, data acquisition systems, data logger and real-time data telemetry systems; trouble-shooting and repairing of these systems in the field and laboratory. He is an accomplished field engineer, having successfully deployed and maintained oceanographic systems in South America, West Africa, Indonesia, and the Gulf of Mexico. Brief Bio Sketch

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David R. Walsh, M.S., Coastal Scientist/Field Oceanographer

Mr. David Walsh specializes in oceanographic data collection program management and operational logistics. He is well versed in coastal and deep-water mooring system instrumentation and deployment techniques for both surface and subsurface systems. Mr. Walsh is one of the company's primary field operations managers responsible for logistics, efficiency, safety, and shipboard deck operations - both domestically and abroad. Before holding a management position, he was responsible for instrument programming, maintenance, and data analysis of oceanographic instruments including the ADCP, CTD, acoustic modems, and remote telemetry systems. Mr. Walsh received his M.S. in Oceanography in 2004, and a B.S. in Geology in 1999. As a Field Oceanographer, Mr. Walsh works in concert with ocean engineers and data analysts to collect quality time series for Woods Hole Group clients, often with cutting edge technologies and in challenging environments. Brief Bio Sketch

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Daniel R. Weirauch, M.S., Field Oceanographer

Mr. Daniel Weirauch has experience with oceanographic, hydrodynamic, and water quality data collection systems, including equipment configuration and installation, as well as operation and maintenance of real-time monitoring systems in rivers, ports and offshore environments. His academic credentials include a M.S. in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Geosciences from the Pennsylvania State University. His expertise is focused on the configuration, assembly, and deployment of ADCP systems, meteorological equipment, and data collection systems for the NOAA Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems (PORTS) program and other environmental studies. His responsibilities include installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting all monitoring systems for the Delaware River & Bay, New York/New Jersey Harbor, Chesapeake Bay, and Jacksonville PORTS programs. He is experienced in digital geodetic leveling; including surface and deep rod benchmark installation, field surveying, and data processing. In addition to his field experience, Mr. Weirauch is also responsible for day-to-day scheduling, preparation of monthly progress reports, and quality control of NOAA real-time oceanographic systems.Brief Bio Sketch

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