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James Todd

Program Manager

Dr. James (Jim) F. Todd joined the Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program in 2016, having been in NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) line office since 1988. In his early years at NOAA, starting with the OAR Office of Global Programs (now Climate Program Office), Jim co-developed and managed the Ocean-Atmosphere Carbon Exchange Study (OACES) program and the CLIVAR Atlantic and Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) programs. In his NOAA career, Jim has managed programs that have contributed to the Joint Global Ocean Flux (JGOFS) Program of the IGBP and the World Ocean Circulation (WOCE) and Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Programs of the WCRP. This has included management contributions to major oceanographic process studies including the US Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) Equatorial Pacific (EqPac) Process Study and the Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO) field campaign. He is currently an active participant in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the AtlantOS Program.

Prior to joining NOAA, Jim was a sea-going chemical oceanographer with expertise in using natural occurring radionuclides in the study of timescales of oceanic processes. Jim says perhaps his most memorable experience in NOAA was diving in DSV Alvin to the Juan de Fuca Ridge, where he sampled radionuclides emanating from the hydrothermal vents. Jim received his B.S. in Biology from James Madison University (1978) in Harrisonburg, VA and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Old Dominion University (1984) in Norfolk, VA. He was a postdoctoral fellow-research assistant professor at the University of South Carolina until 1988. In GOMO, Jim manages NOAA/OAR’s contributions to the international OceanSITES (fixed-point ocean time series stations) program.