Team

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The program staff is responsible for day-to-day implementation of the program, coordinating with NOAA and the NERR System, and leveraging the expertise of an extended team.

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Jen Read
  • Program Director

Jen Read, who directs the U-M Water Center, implemented the Integrated Assessment program, including introducing the idea to the research community, while working for Michigan Sea Grant. Jen is also experienced leading interdisciplinary teams informed by multi-sector advisory groups to address challenging water-related issues. Jen serves as the Science Collaborative's principal investigator, provides overall program leadership, and manages the day-to-day activities of the Science Collaborative program.

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Maeghan Brass
  • Program Officer

Maeghan Brass coordinates the Science Collaborative's regular request for proposal process and serves as a project manager for research and science transfer projects. She is highly experienced engaging multi-disciplinary, multi-sector teams to develop and implement end user-driven water research projects. 

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Lynn Vaccaro
  • Program Officer

Lynn Vaccaro helps develop calls for proposals, and supports research, integrated assessment, and science transfer projects. Her experience as an inter-and-multi-disciplinary project facilitator is invaluable to the program and the teams she supports.

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Nick Soberal
  • Program Officer
  • Science Writer

Nick Soberal is Science Writer for the NERRS Science Collaborative, and serves as a program offier for Science Transfer projects. In addition to supporting program management activities, Nick leads the development of products that integrate across projects, writes news articles and the monthly program updates, and runs the program’s Collaborative Science for Estuaries webinar series

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Christie Heyer
  • Program Associate

Christie joined the NERRS Science Collaborative in 2019 for one year to support the program in the transition to the next grant cycle. She brings a multidisciplinary background with expertise in project management and communications.

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Douglas George
  • NOAA Program Manager

Doug George is a trained geological oceanographer and the program manager for the NERRS Science Collaborative. He has worked throughout the West Coast as a federal scientist, state resource manager, and environmental consultant with projects ranging from estuary restoration and living shorelines to regional sediment management and climate change adaptation.