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 the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) led by the University of Miami and NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science to better understand our environment and to improve prediction and management services for the nation.

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 the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) led by the University of Miami and NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science to better understand our environment and to improve prediction and management services for the nation.

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Mission Statement

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.

Mission Statement

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.

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Office of the Director

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Dr. Gary Matlock

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| Lab Director (Acting)

Dr. Gary Matlock

Dr. Gary Matlock is the Acting Director of the NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Fl.

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Dr. Molly Baringer
305.361.4300

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| Deputy Director

Dr. Molly Baringer, 305.361.4300

Dr. Molly Baringer is the Deputy Director of NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Fl.

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LCDR Andrew Colegrove
305.361.4544

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| Associate Director

LCDR Andrew Colegrove, 305.361.4544

LCDR Andrew Colegrove is the Associate Director of NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. Contact Andrew for inquiries concerning facilities management, ship time, safety, and logistics at AOML.

Dalynne Julmiste
305.361.4310

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| Administrative Officer

Dalynne Julmiste, 305.361.4310

Dalynne is the Administrative Officer for NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. Contact Dalynne for inquires concerning budget, administrative management, and employee relations.

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Erica Rule
305.361.4541

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| Communications Director

Erica Rule, 305.361.4541

Erica is the Communications Director for NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. Contact Erica for media inquiries, public relations, website and social media, and laboratory planning.

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Robert Kohler
305.361.4307

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| Director of Computer Networking

Robert Kohler, 305.361.4307

Bob is the Director of Computer Networking Services for NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. Contact Bob for Information Technology Support.

Research Divisions

Frank Marks

Dr. Frank Marks
305.361.4321

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Hurricane Research

Dr. Frank Marks, 305.361.4321

Dr. Gustavo Goni
305.361.4339

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Physical Oceanography Research

Dr. Gustavo Goni, 305.361.4339

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Dr. Jim Hendee
305.361.4396

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Ocean Chemistry & Ecosystems

Dr. Jim Hendee, 305.361.4396

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Shirley Murillo
305.361.4509

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| Deputy Director

Hurricane Research Division

Shirley Murillo, 305.361.4509

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Dr. Rick Lumpkin
305.361.4513

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| Deputy Director

Physical Oceanography Division

Dr. Rick Lumpkin, 305.361.4513

Dr. Chris Kelble
305.361.4330

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| Deputy Director

Ocean Chemistry & Ecosystems Division

Dr. Chris Kelble, 305.361.4330

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Jen Calderon-Diaz
305.361.4400

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| Administrative Assistant

Hurricane Research Division

Jen Calderon-Diaz, 305.361.4400

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Roberta Lusic
305.361.4340

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| Administrative Assistant

Physical Oceanography Division

Roberta Lusic, 305.361.4340

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Emy Rodriguez
305.361.4380

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| Administrative Assistant

Ocean Chemistry & Ecosystems Division

Emy Rodriguez, 305.361.4380

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Diversity & Inclusion at AOML

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.

We strive for inclusivity for all, regardless of your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, neurodiversity, body type, veteran status, religion, creed, discipline, education level, cultural background, marital or parental status.

This is why our leadership supports our employee-driven Diversity, Inclusion, and You committee. Email the committee members to join our cause.

DIY Mission

Attract, retain, and support the professional advancement of underrepresented minorities and other groups at AOML; support AOML leadership in expanding and strengthening the diversity of AOML’s workforce and foster a more inclusive environment.

DIY Vision

An AOML workforce that reflects the diversity of the south Florida region and the Nation.

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