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NOAA’s NCCOS Charleston Labs Host Senator Jerry Moran and Acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs

Published on: 05/09/2019
Primary Contact(s): sean.morton@noaa.gov

Senator Jerry Moran (top row, left) and Dr. Neil Jacobs (top row, 3rd from left) with Hollings Marine Lab Science Board in front of the HML, Charleston, SC. Credit NOAA NCCOS

U. S. Senator Jerry Moran (Kansas) visited the NCCOS Charleston Lab and Hollings Marine Lab (HML) on May 3, 2019, to tour facilities and meet staff working on coral disease, harmful algal bloom sensors and technology, oil spill toxicity studies, and advanced aquaculture.

Acting NOAA Administrator Dr. Neil Jacobs joined Senator Moran along with staff from Senate Appropriations and Senator Moran’s office, Dr. Robert Boyles from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Acting National Ocean Service Deputy Assistant Administrator Dr. Jeff Payne.

Senator Moran serves as the Chair for the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Senator Moran and Dr. Jacobs learned about the coastal and marine environmental science underway at the NCCOS labs and met with staff and the partners working at Hollings Marine Lab.

This significant visit provided a rare opportunity for scientists from the NCCOS Key Species and Bioinformatics Branch, Ecotoxicology Branch, and Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Reference Branch to speak directly with Senate Appropriations leadership and staff about the real world solutions and management options provided by NCCOS science.

Dr. Cheryl Woodley (2nd from left) provides a briefing on NCCOS coral health and disease Pictured (l-r): Senator Moran, Cheryl Woodley, Senate Staff Matt Wombel, and Dr. Jacobs. Credit NOAA NCCOS.

Dr. Greg Doucette (2nd from left) provides briefing on HAB Sensor Technologies. Pictured (l-r): Senate Staff Matt Wombel, Greg Doucette, Senator Moran, Dr. Jacobs, and NOAA Corps ENS Jacquelyn Putnam. Credit NOAA NCCOS.

Dr. Ed Wirth (left) provides briefing on oil spill toxicity experiments in HML Challenge Labs. Pictured (l-r): Ed Wirth, Senator Moran, Matt Wombel, Dr. Jacobs, and Senate Staffer Lauren Orndorff. Credit NOAA NCCOS.

For more information, contact Sean Morton.

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