Paula S. Bontempi selected as Fellow of The Oceanography Society

For her vision of what satellite-based ocean ecology could be, and tireless efforts to bring that vision to fruition in partnership with the community and space agencies

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The Oceanography Society (TOS) congratulates Dr. Paula S. Bontempi for being selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society. This award recognizes Dr. Bontempi for her vision of what satellite-based ocean ecology could be, and tireless efforts to bring that vision to fruition in partnership with the community and space agencies. Dr. Bontempi will be honored during a ceremony at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, February 16-20, 2020, in San Diego, California.

The colleagues who submitted her nomination described Dr. Bontempi’s profound impact on ocean ecology and carbon science, beginning with her vision in bringing the community together to create a long-term strategy for the NASA Ocean Biology and Biochemistry program, and continuing with her advocacy and implementation of crucial satellite and sea-going projects which has supported significant research accomplishments. Additionally, the nomination team recognized her dedication to the upcoming generation of scientists through mentoring efforts, support for the NASA Graduate Fellowship Program, and funding for students to attend training courses and scientific conferences.

Dr. Bontempi received her M.S. in oceanography in 1995 from Texas A&M University and received her PhD. in oceanography in 2001 from the University of Rhode Island. She is the program manager for Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry in the NASA Science Mission Directorate’s Earth Science Division (ESD) and serves as the program scientist on MODIS, Suomi NPP, PACE, NAAMES, CORAL, and Carbon Cycle Science. She is also currently serving as ESD Acting Deputy Director.

The TOS Fellows program recognizes individuals who have attained eminence in oceanography through their outstanding contributions to the field of oceanography or its applications during a substantial period of years. The next nomination deadline is October 31, 2019. To learn more about The Oceanography Society and the TOS Fellows program, visit https://tos.org/tos-fellows.

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to advance oceanographic research, technology, and education, and to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education. TOS promotes the broad understanding of oceanography, facilitates consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field, and informs the public about ocean research, innovative technology, and educational opportunities throughout the spectrum of oceanographic inquiry. TOS welcomes members from all nations. Any individual, business, or organization interested in ocean sciences is encouraged to join and to participate in the activities and benefits of the society.

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