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  • Francisco Werner



    Curriculum Vitae

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    National Marine Fisheries Service

    1315 East West Highway

    Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA


    My research has focused on the study of oceanic environment through the development and implementation

    of numerical models of ocean circulation and marine ecosystems. Specific areas of my work include: (i) the

    study of the effects of physical forcing on lower trophic levels and the subsequent effect on the structure,

    function and abundance of commercially and ecologically important species in the Atlantic and Pacific

    Oceans, and (ii) the development and implementation of coastal ocean forecasting systems. Over my career,

    I have had the opportunity to lead science efforts in academic, international, and mission agency science. In

    academia, from 2000-2010, I was Department Chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    (UNC-CH) and Director of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Science at Rutgers University. In

    international science, from 2003-2007, I was Chair of GLOBEC’s (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics

    Program) Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). Within the federal government, from 2011 to the present, I

    have been the Science and Research Director of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC),

    and now Chief Science Advisor and Director of Science Programs for NOAA Fisheries.

    Education, University of Washington

    Ph.D. Oceanography (1984) [Topic: Secondary circulations (upwelling) over continental shelf edges]

    M.Sc. Oceanography (1981) [Topic: The effect of longshore pressure gradients on coastal dynamics]

    B.Sc. Mathematics (1978); magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

    Professional Experience

     NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service - NMFS (2011-present) I joined NOAA/NMFS in 2011 as part of the Senior Executive Service (SES).

    Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries (2017-present)

    As NOAA Fisheries Director of Science Programs and Chief Science Advisor, I provide national

    oversight for the NOAA Fisheries’ scientific enterprise and oversee about 1,400 scientific staff and

    an annual budget of roughly $400 million dollars. I am responsible for coordination and direction of

    science policy development, planning and evaluation of NOAA Fisheries’ biological and socio-

    economic research programs, and the national implementation of the Ecosystem Based Management

    Policy and the Stock Assessment Improvement Plan. This includes the multi-disciplinary programs

    necessary to provide the best scientific information available to regional and national NOAA

    resource managers, Regional Fishery Management Councils and State Commissions, and to NOAA’s

    stakeholders and partners. My position also includes international scientific activities to support the

    Nation’s participation in international fisheries agreements, treaties, and other appropriate global

    efforts to ensure policy interpretation and application are consistent with the NOAA mission. I

    supervise the six regional Science and Research Directors, the Director of the Office of Science and

    Technology, and three Senior Scientific (ST) scientists.

    I represent NOAA Fisheries on the NOAA Research Council, Fleet Council, and the Water and

    Climate Board. I work with the National Weather Service and the National Environmental Satellite,

    Data and Information Service to support coordinated data collection. In addition, I co-chaired (2017-

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    2018) the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology of the National Ocean Council. Finally, I

    serve as a spokesperson for NOAA Fisheries through regular, personal outreach to Congressional

    representatives, their staff, and interested constituency groups regarding NOAA Fisheries scientific

    programs and activities.

    Director, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA/NMFS (2011-2017)

    As Science Center Director (SCD) of the SWFSC, with over 300 scientific, technical and

    administrative staff and a budget of approximately $50M – combined base and externally –

    generated/reimbursable funds, I set the Center’s science priorities, and ensured delivery of the best

    science-based information that supports our stock assessments as set by our national mandates

    including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Marine

    Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and is used by the PFMC

    (Pacific Fishery Management Council), PSRG (Pacific Scientific Review Group) and other

    regulatory federal and state bodies rendering management decisions. The geographic areas where the

    SWFSC conducts its science include the California Current, the U.S. west coast watershed, and parts

    of the North Pacific, the Eastern Tropical Pacific and the Antarctic.

    Acting Director, NMFS Office of Science & Technology (OST), Silver Spring, MD (Oct-Dec 2014).

    The OST advocates and ensures the scientific basis for NOAA Fisheries science programs and

    resource conservation and management decisions.

     Academia (1984-2011) Director and Professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University (2008-2010)

    As IMCS Director at Rutgers University, with over 50 faculty and ~$20M in annual research

    activities, I led a multi-disciplinary integrated program of research, education, and service. IMCS

    (now the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences) was a multi-disciplinary research

    institute with faculty and professional staff from a variety of departments. Its research and academic

    programs included ocean ecology/evolution, biogeochemistry, ocean observatories, ocean modeling,

    and climate change. As Director, I led the development of research and academic programs, as well

    as external (development) funds, establishment of partnerships with state and federal agencies,

    private industry and outreach to constituents.

    Chairman, Department of Marine Sciences UNC-CH; Director, Marine Sciences Program (2000-2007)

    As Chairman of the Marine Sciences Department (MASC) of the University of North Carolina at

    Chapel Hill and Director of the Marine Sciences Program, with ~20 faculty and 50 graduate students,

    I led graduate and undergraduate academic, research and service programs that included ecology,

    marine biology, physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanography. I was responsible for

    external development activities, establishment of partnerships with state and federal agencies and

    outreach to constituents. As MASC Professor, I led my own externally funded research program that

    focused on the development of numerical models of ocean circulation, coupled physical-biological

    processes, and coastal ocean forecasting systems.

    Adjunct Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego (2015-present)

    George & Alice Welsh Distinguished Professor, UNC-CH (2005-2008)

    Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, UNC-CH (1996-2008)

    Associate Professor, Marine Sciences Curriculum, UNC-CH (1993-1996)

    Associate Professor, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, GA (1991-1993)

    Visiting Professor, Depto. de Física, Univ. Islas Baleares, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, (Fall 1991)

    Assistant Professor, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, GA (1988-1991)

    Research Assistant Prof., Thayer Sch. of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (1984-1989)

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    Citizenship: U.S.

    Birth: Maracaibo, Venezuela

    Languages: Fluent in English, Spanish and Hungarian

    Selected Leadership Roles (see Appendix)

    Co-Chair, Joint Scientific Experts Group (JSEG), under the Joint Working Group of the US-China Protocol

    on Cooperation in the Field of Marine and Fishery Science and Technology (2017-present)

    Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBeR) Scientific Steering Committee and

    vice-Chair (2015-2018)

    US Head of Science Delegation: ISC (International Scientific Committee for Tuna & Tuna-like Species in

    the N. Pacific Ocean) 2012-2015; US-Mexico (MexUS) bilateral science meetings, 2011-2016

    NCAR’s Community Earth System Modeling (CESM) Advisory Board (CAB); 2010-2015

    Chairman, GLOBEC-International Scientific Steering Committee: 2003-2007.

    International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) Scientific Steering Committee: member, 2003-2007.

    NSF’s ORION iOSC 2007 & Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) 2005-2007.

    U.S. GLOBEC Scientific Steering Committee: member, 2000-2007.

    Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Coastal Circulation Modeling, 2007.

    Science Synthesis Committee for the NSF’s OCE Decadal Planning Activity: Member, 1998-2000.

    Selected Professional Service (see Appendix)

    Editor in Chief, Progress in Oceanography, Jan 2007-2017

    Editorial Board, Fisheries Oceanography, 1998-present

    U.S. Governmental Delegate to PICES (2017-present)

    PICES MODEL Task Team: Co-chair, 2001-2007