About Us

About Us

AOML is a federal research laboratory in Miami, Florida. As a part of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, we study hurricanes, coastal ecosystems, oceans and human health, climate, global carbon, and how the ocean changes over time. We partner with many NOAA offices and the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) led by the University of Miami, to support NOAA’s mission and improve prediction and management services for the nation.

Our Mission

The Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory conducts research to understand the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics and processes of the ocean and the atmosphere, both separately and as a coupled system. The principal focus of these investigations is to advance knowledge that leads to more accurate forecasting of severe storms, better use and management of marine resources, better understanding of the factors affecting both climate and environmental quality, and improved ocean and weather services for the nation.

Our Leadership

Director

A member of the federal government’s senior executive service, Dr. Cortinas has served nine years as director of OWAQ, NOAA Research’s program to improve NOAA National Weather Service products and services for high-impact weather events. In this office, he also oversaw NOAA’s U.S. Weather Research Program (USWRP), the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), and hosted the National Earth System Prediction Capability project office. Cortinas has extensive experience transitioning research to operations, particularly through USWRP and JTTI.

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Prior to joining OWAQ in 2010, Cortinas directed NOAA Research’s Cooperative Institute program, overseeing the administration of a program that supported more than 1000 scientists and students at United States universities working with NOAA.  In this position, he oversaw administration, grant management, and science policy development for cooperative institutes across the United States and led the development of NOAA’s first Administrative Order governing CIs and its accompanying handbook.

From 1992-2003, Cortinas was a research scientist at NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma, working with scientists at NOAA Research’s National Severe Storms Laboratory to improve winter weather products and services at NOAA’s National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.  In 2000, he became the first CIMMS assistant director of NOAA Relations, overseeing NOAA-supported activities at CIMMS.

ADVOCATE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED IN STEM

Throughout his career, Cortinas has been a passionate advocate for underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  He is a member of several scientific organizations that work to improve diversity within STEM, such as the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Latinos@NOAA, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), for which he is currently an elected representative of the AMS Council.

Cortinas grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and is the oldest of five children. He received a B.S. in Meteorology from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado, and a doctorate in Geophysical Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.  Cortinas has authored and co-authored many scientific articles, including a chapter on operational meteorology in the Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, Academic Press, Vol. 4, and served on numerous American and international scientific working groups and committees.

| AOML Director

John Cortinas, Ph.D.

| AOML Deputy Director

Molly Baringer, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Molly is a veteran sea-going oceanographer and has led numerous research projects during her 22-year tenure at AOML. Her research portfolio is strongly rooted in the Atlantic Ocean, linking ocean circulation patterns and changes to global and regional climate patterns. She skillfully manages research teams and projects, and forges partnerships with national and international research institutions, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Environmental Research Council in the UK, among others, to bring AOML science to bear.

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Molly’s research expertise includes measuring the strength of the Western Boundary Current in the North Atlantic, monitoring the meridional overturning circulation in the North Atlantic as part of the RAPID/MOCH program, managing high-density XBT observations in the Atlantic, and leading repeat hydrography and coastal carbon dioxide surveys. Molly has served in leadership roles on more than 29 hydrographic programs since 1998, including the role of chief scientist on more than a dozen of these cruises.

Molly’s scientific leadership extends well beyond the ship’s helm. Molly has served on more than 21 national and international panels including as secretary of the Physical Oceanography Section of the American Meteorological Society and the International Argo Panel, regularly providing advice and direction on national science policy and program management, including stakeholder negotiations.

Molly received her doctoral degree in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the field of physical oceanography. Molly is also a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competency Development Program and the National Weather Service’s Building Leaders for a Solid Tomorrow (BLAST) program. Molly also served as AOML’s acting deputy director in 2010, during the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, skillfully managing resources to support AOML’s scientific response.

Molly has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Science, the Journal of Climate, and the Journal of Geophysical Research, to name a few. Over the past ten years she has also served as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous externally funded research programs totaling more than $30 million. She is also the recipient of the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal award for her role on the Western Boundary Time Series Team.

Division Directors

Hurricane Research Division Director

Frank Marks, Sc.D.

Ocean Chemistry & Ecosystems Division Director

Chris Kelble, Ph.D.

Physical Oceanography Division Acting Director

Rick Lumpkin, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Hurricane Research Division

Shirley Murillo

Acting Deputy Director

Ocean Chemistry & Ecosystems Division

Ian Enochs, Ph.D.

Acting Deputy Director

Physical Oceanography Division

Ryan Smith

awards

A History of Excellence in Research

See all awards earned by AOML staff and scientists for the last decade.

Award Organization Awardees Description
Hermes Creative Platinum Award  for Outstanding TV Placements and Outstanding Overall Publicity Campaign Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals Ian C. Enochs, Derek P. Manzello, Nicole I. Bessemer (CIMAS), (members of NOAA’s Coral Reef Condition Status Report Working Group) In recognition of the media impact of NOAA’s  Coral Reef Condition Status Report, with more  than 521 million impressions with coverage in 46 states, plus Washington, DC, for the coral  reef status report press event.
NOAA Employee of the Month (April 2021) National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Joseph R. Bishop For leading the design, engineering, and deployment of a first-of-its-kind real-time  monitoring buoy as part of a proposed  observational and expert system for the Port  Everglades expansion near Fort Lauderdale,  Florida.
Ocean Observing Team Award (RAPID-MOCHA-WBTS 26°N Team) >The Oceanographic Society Molly O. Baringer, Pedro L. Pena, Ulises F. Rivero, Ryan H. Smith, Andrew J. Stefanick, George A. Berberian (CIMAS), Ricardo Domingues (CIMAS), Rigoberto F. Garcia (CIMAS), James A. Hooper (CIMAS), Grant T. Rawson (CIMAS), Diego P. Ugaz (CIMAS), Denis L. Volkov (CIMAS), (members of the WBTS Team at  AOML) For transforming understanding of Atlantic  circulation with a breakthrough in observing system design, providing continuous, cost effective measurements.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Bronze Medal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Kelly D. Goodwin For advancing awareness and application of  ‘Omics research for a strategic NOAA vision to shape scientific priorities and implementation  of research.
Bronze Medal National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Ian C. Enochs, Derek P. Manzello, (members of a National Ocean  Service group award) For leading the response to identify, understand, track, and mitigate the devastating effects of stony coral tissue loss disease in Florida.
Gold Medal Department of Commerce George R. Alvey (CIMAS), Heather M. Holbach (CIMAS) Kelly A. Ryan (CIMAS), Kathryn J. Sellwood (CIMAS), Jonathan A. Zawislak (CIMAS) For courage, dedication, and heroism during  search and rescue operations aboard NOAA’s P-3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft to locate the vessel Bourbon Rhode and its crew (on  September 27-28, 2019).
Administrative/Technical Support Award NOAA-Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Ramon A. Hurlockdick For work on the AOML Admin System that has facilitated improved financial, property administration, and communication at AOML.
EEO/Diversity Award for Exemplary Service NOAA-Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Alejandra Lorenzo For long-term outreach, mentorship, and support of STEM education for women and  minority students.
EEO/Diversity Award for Exemplary Service NOAA-Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Renellys C. Perez For educational outreach activities and  mentorship of women and minority communities.
Silver Sherman Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ruth Almonte For exceptional customer service, professionalism, and dedication to supporting AOML’s administrative functions associated with budget, human resources, equal employment opportunity, and cooperative institutes. Because of Ruth’s outstanding support, AOML is able to continue conducting  world-class research for the American public.
Bronze Medal National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Kelly D. Goodwin For advancing awareness and application of  ‘Omics research for a strategic NOAA vision to shape scientific priorities and implementation of research.
Bronze Medal National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Ian C. Enochs,Derek P. Manzello, (members of a National Ocean  Service group award) For leading the response to identify, understand, track, and mitigate the devastating effects of stony coral tissue loss disease in Florida.
NOAA Employee/Team Member  of the Week Award (May 27,  2020): COVID-19 Response National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Robert F. Rogers (through his participation in  NOAA’s Leadership Development Competencies Program) For his participation on NOAA’s Budget Formulation and Execution Team to minimize  and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 to  NOAA’s budget function. Due to the team’s  efforts, NOAA obtained $20 million for staffing, cleaning, and IT support needed to ensure the  continuity of its operations, as well as $300 million in direct assistance for impacted  members of the American fishing industry.
NOAA Employee/Team Member  of the Week Award (May 13, 2020): COVID-19 Response National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Stephanie M. Rosales (CIMAS) Alyssa N. Thompson, NOAA  Corps For efforts to increase the University of Miami  Health System’s ability to conduct COVID-19  testing through the loan of AOML’s KingFisher  instrument. Dr. Rosales’ and LTJG Thompson’s  extraordinary creativity and hard work directly  led to increased COVID-19 testing capacity in  Miami, Florida.
NOAA Employee/Team Member of the Week Award (April 30,  2020): COVID-19 Response National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Leticia Barbero (CIMAS), Charles M. Featherstone, James A. Hooper (CIMAS), N. Patrick Mears (CIMAS), Ian E. Smith (CIMAS) (members of the GO-SHIP A13.5 science team) For collecting basinwide, underway samples  and measurements, as well as deploying floats  and drifters, across the Atlantic after being  ordered to return immediately to the United  States. Their creativity and perseverance  resulted in a cross-basin, multi-disciplinary set  of samples, supporting critical NOAA research  and the deployment of long-term observing  platforms that will provide data for years to  come.
Banner I. Miller Award American Meteorological Society Jun A. Zhang (CIMAS), Robert F. Rogers For the best contribution to the science of  hurricane and tropical weather forecasting  published in a journal with international  circulation during the 48 months prior to the  presentation of the award: Zhang, J.A., D.S. Nolan, R.F. Rogers, and V.  Tallapragada, 2015: Evaluating the impact of  improvements in the boundary layer parameterization on hurricane intensity and  structure forecasts in HWRF. Monthly Weather  Review, 143(8):3136-3155 (doi:10.1175/MWR-D-14- 00339.1).
Award Organization Awardees Description
Administrator’s Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration John Cortinas For exemplary leadership in implementing the WOMEN of NOAA campaign.
Special Appreciation Award Southeast Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium Natchanon Amornthammarong For creating a novel low-cost, high-precision sea temperature sensor for coral reef monitoring.
Silver Medal Department of Commerce Ian C. Enochs, Nathan P. Formel (CIMAS) For the development of a low-cost, open source  subsurface autosampler (SAS) that eliminates barriers to water sampling and increases  research capacity for all oceanographers.
Federal Employee of the Year Award (Service to Community category) South Florida Federal Executive  Board Evan B. Forde For long term efforts to create and enhance public education and youth opportunities in south Florida communities, as well as long-term  efforts to feed hungry families.
Order of Sherman’s Lagoon Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Manuel Fraga For exemplary service, long-term commitment, and consistent efforts towards maintaining AOML’s aging facility, including the repair of a 30-year old chiller, electric generators, and air handlers, while continuing to improve the  quality of the facility, including laboratory renovation, lighting retrofits, flooring replacement, and more.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Daniel L. Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Frank D. Marks For outstanding communication of NOAA  research and its relevance to the American  public.
Administrator’s Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration John F. Gamache (member of NOAA-Office of  Marine and Aviation Operations  group award) For the design, fabrication, and validation of the airborne dual-Doppler weather radar  system on NOAA’s P-3 aircraft.
Administrator’s Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Molly O. Baringer, Claudia N. Schmid, (members of a group award) For outstanding success of the U.S. Argo ocean observing program, providing excellent  oceanographic data that has led to a new era of oceanography.
Team Member of the Month Award (October 2018) National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Sonia Otero (CIMAS) For developing a software module for NOAA’s  Aircraft Operations Center that integrates  dropwindsonde datasets into weather models, as well as writing a sophisticated program that incorporates dropwindsonde data from the ground rather than from the aircraft, saving critical aircraft space. Sonia’s contributions have significantly improved the ability of AOC and the National Weather Service to ensure critical data are assimilated into forecasts models, helping warn the public of severe weather.
Banner I. Miller Award American Meteorological Society Jason P. Dunion For the best contribution to the science of hurricane and tropical weather forecasting published in a journal with international circulation during the 48 months prior to the presentation of the award:

Dunion, J.P., C.D. Thorncroft, and C.S. Velden, 2014:  The tropical cyclone diurnal cycle of mature  hurricanes. Monthly Weather Review, 142(10):3900- 3919 (doi:10.1175/MWR-D-13-00191.1).

Laureate Award for Dual Defense Use Aviation Week  Joseph J. Cione, Altug Aksoy (CIMAS), Brittany Dahl (CIMAS), Kelly Ryan (CIMAS), Jun A. Zhang (CIMAS) For use of the Coyote unmanned aerial system to gather data in the eye of Hurricane Maria, enabling NOAA to better forecast how intense the storm would be at landfall and more  accurately estimate the magnitude of Maria’s storm surge.
Team Member of the Month Award (January 2018) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Lisa R. Bucci (CIMAS) For serving as the science team leader on NOAA P-3 Hurricane Hunter missions into Hurricane Irma, gathering vital data for numerical forecast models that were used to generate accurate forecasts that saved countless lives and property.
Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (Oceans and Great Lakes category) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Luke R. Thompson, Kelly D. Goodwin For pre-eminent science published through rigorous peer-review: Thompson, L.R., J.G. Sanders, D. McDonald, A. Amir,  J. Ladau, K.J. Locey, R.J. Prill, A. Tripathi, S.M.  Gibbons, G. Ackermann, J.A. Navas-Molina, S. Janssen, E. Kopylova, Y. Vázquez-Baeza, A. Gonzalez, J.T. Morton, S. Mirarab, Z.Z. Xu, L. Jiang, M.F.  Haroon, J. Kanbar, Q. Zhu, S.J. Song, T. Kosciolek, N.A. Bokulich, J. Lefler, C.J. Brislawn, G. Humphrey, S.M. Owens, J. Hampton-Marcell, D. Berg-Lyons, V. McKenzie, N. Fierer, J.A. Fuhrman, A. Clauset, R.L.  Stevens, A. Shade, K.S. Pollard, K.D. Goodwin, et al., 2017: A communal catalogue reveals Earth’s multiscale microbial diversity. Nature,  551(7681):457-463.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Administrator’s Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Elizabeth M. Johns, Ryan H. Smith For surveying Cuban waters and establishing a groundbreaking multinational Atlantic bluefin tuna research partnership with Cuban scientists.
Excellence in Partnering Award National Oceanographic Partnership Program James C. Hendee, Elizabeth M. Johns, Christopher R. Kelble, Christopher D. Sinigalliano For contributions to the project entitled  National Marine Sanctuaries at Sentinel Sites for a Demonstration Marine Biodiversity Observation Network.
Employee of the Year Award (Scientific category) South Florida Federal Executive Board Sang-Ki Lee For research that has demonstrated a relationship between sea surface temperatures  in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the likelihood of severe tornado outbreaks in the  United States, enabling vulnerable communities and first responders to plan for likely severe seasons with a lead time of approximately 1-3 months.
Achievement Award NOAA Corps LTJG Benjamin E. VanDine For exemplary service and exceptional efforts to make AOML a safer, more cost-efficient laboratory.
Banner I. Miller Award American Meteorological Society Robert M. Atlas, Lisa R. Bucci (CIMAS) For the best contribution to the science of hurricane and tropical weather forecasting published in a journal with international circulation during the 48 months prior to the presentation of the award: Nolan, D.S., R. Atlas, K.T. Bhatia, and L.R. Bucci, 2013:  Development and validation of a hurricane nature  run using the Joint OSSE nature run and the WRF model. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth  Systems, 5:382-405 (doi:10.1002/jame.20031).
Award Organization Awardees Description
Denny Medal Institute of Marine Engineering,  Science, and Technology Joaquin Trinanes (Contractor) Gustavo Goni For the best paper published over the course of  a year in theJournal of Operational Oceanography.  Trinanes, J.A., M.J. Olascoaga, G.J. Goni, N.A.  Maximenko, D.A. Griffin, and J. Hafner, 2016:  Analysis of flight MH370 potential debris trajectories  using ocean observations and numerical model  results.,9(2):126-138 (doi:10.1080/<1755876X.2016.1248149).
Outstanding Reviewer Award IOP Publishing Rik Wanninkhof For outstanding reviews of papers submitted to  the journalEnvironmental Research Lettersthat have ensured the quality and integrity of IOP’s publications.
Order of Sherman’s Lagoon Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Howard A. Friedman For exemplary service, long-term commitment, and consistent efforts towards promoting equal employment opportunity, diversity, and educational outreach activities at AOML, including assisting Hollings scholars, student interns, and post-docs visiting AOML.
Silver Medal Department of Commerce Molly O. Baringer, Dalynne Julmiste, Stephen Meador For being members of a Department of Commerce team that successfully developed and awarded five extremely complex, long term, and alternatively-financed energy contracts valued at $138 million.
Administrator’s Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Francis Bringas, Caridad I. Gonzalez (CIMAS) Gustavo J. Goni, Pedro L. Pena, Ulises F. Rivero For developing and implementing an Iridium based, real-time transmission system for  oceanographic and meteorological
Program Development Award South Florida Federal Executive Board Alejandra Lorenzo In appreciation of 5 years of leadership and  development of the English as a Second  Language (ESOL) Outreach Program.
Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award (Lean, Clean,  and Green category) Department of Commerce Molly O. Baringer, Dalynne Julmiste, Stephen S. Meador For successfully developing and awarding over $138M in alternative-financed energy savings performance contracts, yielding over $5M annually in cost savings.
Bronze Medal Department of Commerce Francis Bringas, Gustavo J. Goni, George R. Halliwell For contributions on the rapid and successful implementation of an array of underwater gliders geared towards Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean hurricane research and forecasts.
Team Member of the Month Award (March 2016) National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Caridad I. Gonzalez (CIMAS) For developing software for a project that has improved how ocean temperature data from  expendable bathythermographs are
EEO Diversity Award for Exemplary Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Howard A. Friedman For exemplary service, long-term commitment, and consistent efforts toward promoting equal employment opportunity, diversity, and educational and outreach activities at AOML, as well as interaction with NOAA’s Office of Education and the South Florida Federal  Executive Board.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Sustainability Award Netherland-America Foundation Ruben J. van Hooidonk (CIMAS) In recognition of being an alumnus of the NAF Fulbright Fellowship Program and dedication to  the field of sustainability through research on  coral reef ecosystems.
Silver Medal Department of Commerce Joseph J. Cione, Erica M. Rule For successfully executing the first-ever launch  of an Unmanned Aircraft System from a  manned aircraft into a major hurricane,  Hurricane Edouard.
Employee of the Month Award (May 2015) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Jessie E. (Jay) Harris For long-term efforts to keep computer and  information technology systems operational for  AOML’s Physical Oceanography Division,  enabling mission-critical science to be  successfully conducted on behalf of NOAA with  only minimal computer-related interruptions.
Team Member of the Month Award (February 2015) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ricardo Domingues (CIMAS) For developing the Mandatory Ship Reporting (MSR) system, which is being used to monitor  and protect North Atlantic right whales along the U.S. eastern seaboard.
Bronze Medal Department of Commerce Christopher R. Kelble For advancing ecosystem-based management via the first comprehensive Gulf of Mexico  Ecosystem Status Report that includes more than 140 ecological indicators.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Gold Medal Department of Commerce Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan, Frank D. Marks, Thiago S. Quirino, (members of a National Weather Service group) For developing and implementing a high resolution Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) system model, a major advance in operational hurricane intensity prediction.
Leadership Circle of CLEO Award Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities Maribeth L. Gidley (CIMAS) For numerous outreach efforts to discuss the  public health impacts of sea level rise, assisting CLEO bridge the divide between science and  society as related to the issue of climate  change.
Employee of the Year Award NOAA-Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Claude F. (Rick) Lumpkin, Mayra C. Pazos For efforts to improve the quality of drifter data  by developing a new methodology that  evaluates when drifters have lost their drogues.
Early Career Scientist Award International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Gregory R. Foltz For outstanding research in the earth and space sciences and for international research cooperation.
Special Award American Meteorological Society Jason P. Dunion (CIMAS), (Group award for the University  of Wisconsin’s Tropical Cyclones  Group of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies) For providing the weather community with valuable tropical cyclone-related satellite  information and derived products for over two decades.
Employee of the Month Award (October 2014) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Neal M. Dorst For efforts to document the history of AOML’s Hurricane Research Division and to preserve its  analog, digital, and film data resources.
Team Member of the Month Award (July 2014) National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Shaun R. Dolk (CIMAS) For professionalism, commitment to excellence, and outreach efforts including  support of NOAA’s “Adopt a Drifter” program which helps school children learn about the  ocean by adopting and tracking their very own  drifting buoy.
Federal Employee of the Year Award (Scientific category—group) South Florida Federal Executive Board Robert A. Black, Lisa R. Bucci (CIMAS), Hua Chen (NRC), Stanley B. Goldenberg, Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan Frank D. Marks, Thiago S. Quirino, Xuejin Zhang (CIMAS) For contributions toward the development of the advanced, high-resolution Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model used operationally to provide forecast guidance to the National Hurricane Center.
Banner I. Miller Award American Meteorological Society John F. Gamache, Frank D. Marks For valuable insights into incorporating real time airborne Doppler radar measurements via  ensemble data assimilation, leading to improvements in forecasts of tropical cyclone track and intensity. Zhang, F., Y. Weng, J.F. Gamache, and F.D. Marks, 2011:  Performance of convection-permitting hurricane initialization and prediction during 2008-2010 with  ensemble data assimilation of inner-core airborne Doppler radar observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 38:L15810, doi:10.1029/2011GL048469.
Employee of the Month Award (March 2014) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Jennifer D. Calderon-Diaz For providing outstanding administrative services to the staff of AOML’s Hurricane Research Division.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Scientific and Technological Achievement Award U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Kelly D. Goodwin Christopher D. Sinigalliano For contributions in supporting the implementation of the EPA’s Method 1611 for rapid recreational water testing.
Distinguished Career Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Silvia L. Garzoli For excellence in scientific research of Atlantic Ocean dynamics and extensive service to the  oceanographic community.
2011 Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (awarded in 2013) NOAA/Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Derek P. Manzello Manzello, D.P., 2010: Coral growth with  thermal stress and ocean acidification: Lessons  from the eastern tropical Pacific.Coral Reefs,29(3):749-758.
Employee of the Month Award (August 2013) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Andrew J. Stefanick For designing and building an enhanced CTD (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth) frame, an  important and innovative piece of scientific infrastructure.
Team Member of the Month Award (May 2013) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Xuejin Zhang (CIMAS) For contributions in support of NOAAʼs Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting  (HWRF) high resolution computer model.
Federal Employee of the Year Award (Management category) South Florida Federal Executive  Board Shirley T. Murillo For leadership in managing the 2012 Hurricane  Field Program, an effort which involved the  collaboration of scientists throughout NOAA, other federal agencies, and academic partners, and the Joint Hurricane Test Bed project.
Federal Employee of the Year Award (Scientific category) South Florida Federal Executive  Board Chunzai Wang For professional excellence and exceptional  productivity.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Research Employee of the Year  Award (Individual category) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chunzai Wang For personal and professional excellence.
Federal Employee of the Year Award (group category) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Robert A. Black, Lisa R. Bucci (CIMAS), Stanley B. Goldenberg, Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan, Frank D. Marks, Thiago S. Quirino, Xuejin Zhang (CIMAS) For innovative work on the NCEP/EMC hurricane forecast model, leading to greatly  improved hurricane track and intensity  forecasts.
Premio RAICES a la Cooperacíon Internacional en Ciencia,Tecnología, e Innovacíon Argentine Ministry of Science and Technology Silvia L. Garzoli For Argentinean researchers living abroad of Argentina who have strengthened scientific  cooperation and technological capabilities within the country.
Technology Transfer Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Kelly D. Goodwin, Christopher D. Sinigalliano For exceptional leadership in developing and transferring microbial source tracking tools to  identify coastal water contamination sources, enabling city and county managers to devise mitigation strategies to restore water quality, decrease risks to human health, and preserve  coastal economies.
Team Member of the Month  Award (October 2012) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sang-Ki Lee (CIMAS) For research identifying a relationship between La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific and  increased tornadic activity in the United States.
Technology Assistance Award South Florida Federal Executive Board Alejandra Lorenzo, Russell St. Fleur (CIMAS) For efforts to aid the South Florida Federal Executive Board in updating its website.
Administrator’s Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Peter P. Dodge, John F. Gamache, Frank D. Marks For outstanding management of the G-IV tail Doppler radar project, enhancing NOAA’s weather forecasting and research capability.
John Martin Award Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Richard H. Wanninkhof For your landmark paper entitled Relationship  between wind speed and gas exchange over the  ocean (Wanninkhof, 1992, JGR 97(C5):7373- 7382) that has had a significant impact on  subsequent research in the field ofoceanography.
Team Member of the Month Award (March 2012) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Maribeth L. Gidley (CIMAS) For exceptional outreach efforts and mentoring  of graduate and summer student interns.
Antarctica Service Medal National Science Foundation Kevin F. Sullivan (CIMAS) For research efforts conducted during the two month U.S. CLIVAR/CO2 Repeat Hydrography  Program S4P cruise to the Southern Ocean.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Bronze Medal Department of Commerce John Kaplan For providing skillful operational hurricane intensity models as demonstrated by the National Hurricane Center forecast verifications for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Charles E. Anderson Award American Meteorological Society Shirley T. Murillo For outstanding support of minorities and women to promote a more diverse workforce through mentoring, education, and community service.
Group Achievement Award National Aeronautics and Space Administration Sim D. Aberson, Altug Aksoy (CIMAS), Robert M. Atlas, Michael L. Black, Neal M. Dorst, Jason P. Dunion (CIMAS), John Kaplan, Frank D. Marks, Shirley T. Murillo, Robert F. Rogers, Kathryn J. Sellwood (CIMAS), Eric W. Uhlhorn, Paul T. Willis (CIMAS) For outstanding contributions to the Genesis  and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) field  campaign as members of the GRIP Science  Team during the 2010 Atlantic hurricane  season.
Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing Award American Geophysical Union Richard H. Wanninkhof For conscientious reviews of submitted papers to theJournal of Geophysical Research (Oceans)that have enabled AGU to maintain its high  standards of quality.
Administrator’s Award National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration Evan B. Forde For outstanding communication of NOAA  science, sharing the joy of science with  students, and helping to foster a science literate society.
Federal Employee of the Year Award (Scientific category) South Florida Federal Executive  Board Robert F. Rogers For leadership during NOAA’s 2010 Hurricane Field Program and for research that has  contributed to a greater understanding of hurricane structure and intensity.
Employee of the Month Award (April 2011) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Robert F. Rogers In recognition of his leadership during NOAA’s  2010 Hurricane Field Program.
Verner E. Suomi Award American Meteorological Society Frank D. Marks For creative use of airborne Doppler radar and  other technologies that have advanced the  understanding of the dynamics of tropical  cyclones.
Editor’s Award American Meteorological Society Altug Aksoy For providing a large number of high-quality reviews to several of the editors.
Award Organization Awardees Description
Distinguished Career Award U.S. Department of Commerce Judith Gray For exceptional management, leadership, and  service to NOAA employees throughout 30  years of federal service.
Outstanding Scientific Paper Award NOAA/Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Peter G. Black, Robert W. Burpee, Frank D. Marks, Michael T. Montgomery Marks, F.D., P.G. Black, M.T. Montgomery, and  R.W. Burpee, 2008: Structure of the eye and  eyewall of Hurricane Hugo (1989). Monthly  Weather Review, 136(4):1237-1259.
Silver Medal U.S. Department of Commerce Alan P. Leonardi For exemplary leadership in building a first-of its-kind partnership with Google to disseminate NOAA ocean data and information through Google Earth.
Group Achievement Award National Aeronautics and Space Administration Robert M. Atlas, Jason P. Dunion (CIMAS) For outstanding contributions in improving weather forecasting using data from the  Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and for production of its key climate data products.
Federal Employee of the Year Award (Scientific category) South Florida Federal Executive  Board Silvia L. Garzoli For outstanding research and leadership.
Special Award American Meteorological Society Eric W. Uhlhorn, Peter G. Black (retired) For sustaining over 30 years an exceptional, interdisciplinary project resulting in continuous operational monitoring of hurricane surface winds, improved hurricane intensity advisories, and saving countless lives.
Joe Bishop shown working with local fisherman from the Pine Island community who are partnering with NOAA AOML and SEFSC to take water quality observations to help document the extent and impact of Red Tide. Photo Credit: NOAA.

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