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JDG completes search for NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center Director

NOAA recently announced the appointment of Kevin Werner, Ph.D., as the new Science and Research Director for NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center.  As Director, Dr. Werner will continue the work of planning, developing and managing a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research on the living marine resources in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington, Oregon, and northern California coasts and in freshwater rivers of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

A former NOAA Corps officer, Dr. Werner has held various positions with NOAA for almost two decades, winning multiple awards for his leadership and administrative accomplishments.  Prior to being named Director of the Northwest Center, he served as the Director of the NOAA’s National Weather Service’s Office of Organizational Excellence.  Prior to that, he was the Regional Climate Service Director in NOAA’s Western Region.  In that role, he coordinated and advised on NOAA’s climate services investments in an eight-state region in the Western U.S., including activities and programs from NOAA Weather, NOAA Research, the National Climatic Data Center and NOAA Fisheries.

Dr. Werner received his Doctorate in Political Science in 2015 from the University of Utah; a Master of Public Administration in 2009 from University of Utah; a Master of Science in Atmospheric Sciences in 1999 from the University of Washington; and a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences and Mathematics in 1996 from the University of Washington.

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