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 Research Portfolio

The research portfolio of NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) encompasses ocean, coastal, and atmospheric studies to deliver NOAA’s future by transferring research results into operations and applications. We focus on improving the prediction of hurricanes, learning about the ocean’s role in climate and extreme weather events, understanding the global impacts of ocean acidification and pollution on coastal ecosystems, and providing insights to help resource managers. AOML leads many international efforts to maintain, optimize, and interpret global observations from ships, satellites, aircraft, drifting buoys, moored instruments, and floats. These observations are the foundation of our research.

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.

| AOML Director

John Cortinas, Ph.D.

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Our 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.

| AOML Deputy Director

Molly Baringer, Ph.D.

Our 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.

Administrative Organization

| Acting Associate Director

LTJG Alyssa Thompson

| Administrative Officer

Dalynne Julmiste

Research Divisions

| Director

Hurricane Research Division

Frank Marks, Sc.D.

| Director

Ocean Chemistry & Ecosystems Division

Chris Kelble, Ph.D.

| Acting Director

Physical Oceanography Division

Rick Lumpkin, Ph.D.

| Deputy Director

Hurricane Research Division

Shirley Murillo

| Acting Deputy Director

Ocean Chemistry & Ecosystems Division

Renellys Perez, Ph.D.

| Acting Deputy Director

Physical Oceanography Division

Ryan Smith, Ph.D.

| Administrative Assistant

Hurricane Research Division

Jen Calderon-Diaz

| Administrative Assistant

Ocean Chemistry & Ecosystems Division

Emy Rodriguez

| Administrative Assistant

Physical Oceanography Division

Roberta Lusic

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Promoting a Diverse Workforce with Employee-Led Programs

Diversity Inclusion & You

AOML strives to make current and future employees able to contribute their talents in a place they feel welcome, supported, and empowered to support NOAA’s mission. The best results come from a diverse set of perspectives, and we seek to attract, engage, and retain talent from all walks of life and career stages. We aim to reflect the diversity of the nation we serve, so we actively recruit, develop, and retain talent with different perspectives, experiences, and values. Read more about our employee-driven diversity work on the Diversity and Inclusion page.

Featured Award

The Royal Meteorological Society

Quarterly Reviewer’s Award Certificate

Michael Fischer receives this award in recognition of his important contribution as reviewer for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. Michael has taken on a high number of reviews in the area of tropical cyclones, bringing his expertise in observations and modeling to the review process. His reviews have been thorough and their high quality was recognized by the Associate Editors at QJ.

A History of Excellence in Research

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

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.
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).

Administrator’s Award  National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration John V. 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.
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.

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).

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 the Journal 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. Journal of Operational Oceanography,  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 journal Environmental Research Letters that  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 observations from ships.
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 transmitted by shifting to the Iridium satellite  network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of oceanography.
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.
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 the Journal 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.
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.