Staff & Board

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5 Holway Avenue
Provincetown, MA 02657
Main telephone: (508) 487-3622
Email: [email protected]

Sarah Oktay, Ph.D., Executive Director
508-487-3622 x111

Valerie Daniels, HR Manager
508-487-3622 x 113

Amy Jenness, Director of Marketing, Communications and Outreach
508-487-3622 x 104

Karen Langfield, Controller
508-487-3622 x109

Cathrine Macort, Director of Administration and Operations
508-487-3622 x103

Sue Nickerson, Development Director
508-487-3622 x102

Kathy Shorr, Development Officer
508-487-3622 x108

Laura Stinson, Development Associate
508-487-3622 x100

Program Staff

Marine Policy Program
Rich Delaney, Senior Advisor & Interim Director

Marine Education
Jesse Mechling, Director
508-487-3623 x114

Cape Cod Bay Monitoring Program
508-487-3623 x122
Amy Costa, Ph.D., Director
Jennifer Burkhardt, Research Assistant
Troy Wood, Research Assistant

Humpback Whale Studies Program
508-487-3623 x116
Jooke Robbins, Ph.D., Director
Jenn Tackaberry, Research Associate
Paulette Durazo, Research Assistant
Emily Kelly, Research Assistant
Martine Bérubé, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Per Palsbøll, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Mason Weinrich, Adjunct Scientist

Land & Sea Interaction Program
508-487-3623 x123
Graham Giese, Ph.D., DirectorScientist Emeritus
Patrick Barger, Research Assistant

Seafloor Mapping Program
Mark Borrelli, Ph.D., Coastal Geologist, Director
508-487-3623 x117
Katie Castagno, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher
Agnes Mittermayr, Ph.D., Marine Ecologist
Pedro Guy, Hydrographer/Marine Technician
Bryan Legare, Doctoral Intern
Dan Solazzo, Marine Researcher

Coastal Geographic Research and Applied Sciences Program (CGRASS)
Steve Mague, Program Director
Samantha McFarland, Assistant Program Director
508-487-3623 x 130.

Marine Fisheries Research
Owen Nichols, Director
508-487-3623 x128

Seal Research Program
Lisa Sette, Manager
508-487-3622 x101

Shark Ecology Research Program
Bryan Legare, Manager
508-487-3622 x124

Marine Debris and Plastics Program
Laura Ludwig, Manager
Kathryn Brooks, Research and Outreach Assistant

Right Whale Ecology Program
Charles “Stormy” Mayo, Ph.D., Director
Christy Hudak, Associate Scientist
Amy James, Aerial Observer & Flight Coordinator
Brigid McKenna, Aerial Observer & Data/Photo Manager

Marine Animal Entanglement Response
Scott Landry, Director
David Mattila, Coordinator, Global Entanglement Response Network
Bob Lynch, Rescue Operations Manager
Paulette Durazo, Rescue Assistant
Doug Sandilands, Rescue Assistant
Lisa Sette, Rescue Assistant
Jennifer Tackaberry, Rescue Assistant

Marine Operations
Ted Lucas, Captain

Adjunct Staff *
Martine Bérubé, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Robert Brock, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Salvatore Cerchio, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Christopher W. Clark, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Moncrieff Cochran, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Stephen DeVincent, DVM, Adjunct Scientist
Benjamin Giese, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Alyssa Novak, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Per Palsbøll, Ph.D., Adjunct Scientist
Mason Weinrich, Adjunct Scientist

The late Carole Carlson, Ph.D., former Adjunct Scientist

2022-2023 Board of Directors
Executive Committee

Jeanne McNett, Ph.D., Chair
Orleans, MA
Educator and Researcher in International Management

Steve Carlson, Vice-Chair
Ridgefield, CT
Manager – Collaboration Technologies, Pitney Bowes

Carole Levin, Clerk
Boston, MA
Director, Mill Cove Advisors

Robert Samuelson, Treasurer
Chatham, MA
President, Samuelson Associates, LLC

Christopher W. Clark, Ph.D.
Truro, MA
Graduate Professor, Dept. Neurobiology and Behavior & Adjunct Scientist, Center for Conservation Bioacoustics, Cornell University
Senior Scientist, Vineyard Wind

Roy F. Coppedge, III
East Harwich, MA
Managing Director, BV Investment Partners

Elizabeth Frankel
Chappaqua, NY
Faculty, Dance Department, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Jeanne Leszczynski
Needham, MA
Doctor of Public Health, Associate Professor of Pathology
UMass Medical School, ret.

Dean Stein
Provincetown, MA
Executive Director, American Psychoanalytic Assoc., ret.

Andrew Young
Chatham, MA
Cape Cod Five ret., USCG Master License

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Bill Bonn
Coral Gables, FL
Senior Managing Director and General Counsel (ret), Beacon Capital Partners, LLC

Lynne M. Carter, Ph.D.
Barrington, RI
Associate Director, Coastal Sustainability Studio, Louisiana State University
Associate Director, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program

Eric A. Cataldo
Boston, MA
Attorney, Gilmartin Magence LLP

Stephen Daniel
Chatham, MA
Seyron Partners, LLC

Herb Heidt
Harwich, MA
Professional Cartographer dba MapWorks

Chuck Lagasse
Newburyport, MA
Owner & Founder, Ocean Havens LLC

Harriet Larsen
Alexandria, VA
Volunteer, National Smithsonian Museum

Lori Meads
Provincetown, MA
President & CEO, Seamen’s Bank; Executive Director, Seamen’s Bank Long Point Charitable Foundation

Linda B. Miller, Ph.D.
South Wellfleet, MA
Professor of Political Science, Emerita Wellesley College

John Murphy, Jr.
Orleans, MA
Co-Owner, Land Ho! Restaurant

Horatio Potter
North Eastham, MA and Wilsall, MT

Stacey Smith
Harwich, MA

Dan Wolf
Harwich, MA
Founder and Board Chair, Cape Air


* Adjunct Scientist Policy
All Center for Coastal Studies adjuncts must meet one of the below criteria in order to be officially recognized as a CCS adjunct scientist or educator:

– Currently actively involved in collaborative research; or
– Be listed as co-applicants, sub-awards, or contractors for grant funded projects; or
– Have a current appointment as an associated lecturer or trainer; or
– Be listed as a co-author on publications in anticipation of long-term association; or
– Have a long-term affiliation on a joint marine policy endeavor resulting in ongoing policy related initiatives

The active status of each adjunct faculty or educator will be reviewed biennially. Adjunct research and education awardees may be provided an email address and temporary office or lab space (when available) upon request. Adjunct affiliates are not included in staff announcements. Any person to be considered as an adjunct must be nominated by current staff and/or a CCS research member. For more information, email [email protected]

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5 Holway Avenue
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-3623

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