Dr. Shirley A. Pomponi (HBOI/FAU) — Executive Director
The Executive Director will determine the strategic direction for the CI, in consultation with the other members of the Executive Council, and will be responsible for building a team that focuses on continuous and rapid creation of value for NOAA through both incremental and transformational innovations. In addition to leading the CI, other responsibilities include: Executive Council chair; Council of Fellows vice-chair; liaison between the CI and FAU senior management; primary point of contact with NOAA leadership; and advocacy, program development, and research support. Dr. Pomponi is located at FAU’s Harbor Branch site.

Dr. Daniel G. Baden (UNCW) — Managing Director
The Managing Director shares management responsibilities with the Executive Director. Other responsibilities include: Executive Council vice-chair; Council of Fellows chair; oversight of UNCW contract obligations; and guidance and direction of CIOERT programs.

Andrew Shepard (UNCW) — Associate Director
The Associate Director is appointed jointly by the Executive and Managing Directors and will provide oversight of daily CI activities, including supervision of staff; coordination of advisory board meetings (Executive Council, Council of Fellows and ad hoc boards as needed); accountability for CI progress (progress reports, data management); regular interface between the stakeholders and users of CIOERT innovations.

Dr. M. Dennis Hanisak (FAU) — Director of Education
The Director of Education will provide leadership and oversight of all educational programs.

Other CI staff
The CI managing partners will hire other staff as required to support Task I, II, or III activities. Each managing partner will be responsible for supervising its CI-affiliated faculty, students, and staff.

Chief Financial Officer
Located at FAU, responsibilities include: compliance with all federal regulations regarding spending and contracts; preparing and reconciling budgets; and creation of mandated fiscal reports.

Advisory Groups

Executive Council

The Executive Council consists of senior NOAA program officials, the CI Executive Director (chair) and Managing Director (vice-chair), the directors of CIOERT’s Limited Partners (SRI International and the University of Miami), and other Limited Partners as they become part of the CI. The Executive Council has the following responsibilities:

  • Set strategic directions for the CI, including preparation of the CIOERT Concept of Operations;
  • Ensure linkages and relevance to NOAA programs;
  • Approve appointments to the Science Advisory Council;
  • Review and recommend improvements regarding CIOERT policies and business plan, including administrative and budget policies;
  • Review annual Science Plan and budget;
  • Review and implement agreements or addenda to the CI’s cooperative agreement and make related recommendations to the Executive Director;
  • Review CI programs, projects and progress;
  • Communicate NOAA strategic plans and priorities to the CI planning teams to ensure program alignment with these priorities; and
  • Provide information regarding CI successes to the NOAA Administrator to justify inclusion of CI funding in the NOAA core budget.

Science Advisory Council

The Science Advisory Council is composed of scientists who have national or international reputations for outstanding research and includes: the Managing Director (chair); senior scientific/technical representatives from each CI Managing Partner and Limited Partner institution; regional ecosystem representatives (representing Great Lakes, Northeast, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico); and CI theme representatives (undersea technology, ocean exploration, coral ecosystems, education). Membership will be balanced among NOAA senior scientists from NOAA programs such as NOAA regional assessment teams, other NOAA Cooperative Institutes, NOAA Environmental Research Labs, Sea Grant, Sanctuary Regional Program offices, and/or other CIOERT stakeholders, e.g., Ocean Observing Regional Associations, Regional Fishery Management Councils, state agencies. These positions will rotate every two years. The Science Advisory Council will meet at least twice each year, and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Advise the Executive Council on regional and function-specific activities and priorities related to the CIOERT theme areas;
  • Leverage NOAA national and regional efforts in CIOERT theme areas;
  • Provide guidance to the Executive Director in maintaining high standards of science and technology development;
  • Provide annual guidance to the Executive Council on programs and approaches to meet NOAA and OER priorities, goals, and milestones;
  • Review CIOERT exploration/research/technology/education program outputs annually;
  • Provide advice on balance of resources invested into programs by theme area and ecosystem region;
  • Advise the Executive Council on selection of new Science Advisory Council members and reappointment of current members;
  • Make recommendations to the Executive Director on the establishment of ad hoc advisory groups; and
  • Serve as an expert resource to the Executive Director for advice on innovations in science and technology related to the CIOERT theme areas.