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Michael Behrenfeld, Oregon State University

Photo of Mike BehrenfeldMichael (Mike) Behrenfeld is a senior research scientist and professor at Oregon State University who specializes in marine algae research. Michael does research on the physiological-ecology of marine algae, biogeochemcial cycles, remote sensing of the biosphere, and novel optical approaches to understanding algal ecology/physiology. He also works in the areas of biochemistry and biophysics of photosynthesis, physiological responses of plants to environmental stresses, and regional and global ecological computer modeling, climate change and carbon cycling.

Gene Carl Feldman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Photo of Gene FeldmanGene Feldman has been an oceanographer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center since 1985. He is currently program manager for the ocean color mission called SeaWiFS (Sea-Viewing Wide Field Sensor), launched in 1997. He has been involved with the production and distribution of satellite-derived ocean color data sets, first from the Nimbus-7 Coastal Zone Color Scanner and now for SeaWiFS. Gene leads the Ocean Color Group at Goddard, which is responsible for the collection, processing, and distribution of ocean color data from NASA's MODIS instrument.

Gene earned his Ph.D. in coastal oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to 1985, Gene's experience included several years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa. The author and co-author of numerous publications, Gene has also contributed to a large number of programs including The Jason Project. He has been a member of the U.S. Scientific Steering Committee for the National Science Foundation's Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, a program to study the ocean's role in the global carbon cycle. He was also involved with the joint NOAA/NASA project studying the Health, Ecological, and Economic Dimensions of Global Change.

Oscar Schofield, Rutgers University

Photo of Oscar SchofieldOscar Schofield is an associate professor at Rutgers University. He works in aquatic biology at the Coastal Ocean Observation Lab, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers. His research is centered on environmental regulation of primary productivity in aquatic ecosystems, physiological ecology of phytoplankton, hydrological optics, and the development of integrated ocean observatories.

Schofield received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. He has been an associate professor at Rutgers since 2001. Schofield has received numerous honors throughout his career, including being an invited participant for the National Academy of Sciences and Japan Science & Technology Corporation at the Japanese-American Frontiers of Science Symposium (1999) and receiving the Rutgers University Faculty Academic Service Increment Program Award (1998-2003).