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Kathy Tedesco

Program Manager (grantee)

Kathy arrived at NOAA in 2002 as a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the Office of Global Programs (OGP) and served as Program Manager of OGP’s Global Carbon Cycle Program for the next 5 years. Following that post, she served as Director of the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in Paris where she coordinated international ocean carbon research and observations. She is currently  GOMO Program Manager for Ocean Carbon Observations and XBTs.

Kathy received her B.S. in Geology from SUNY Stony Brook and her M.S. in Geological Oceanography from the University of Colorado, Boulder where her research focused on fluctuations in the Laurentide Ice Sheet and North Atlantic Heinrich Events during the Late Quaternary. Her Ph.D. research at the University of South Carolina was conducted as part of the CARIACO Times Series project where she examined the relationship between surface primary production, physical forcing variables, and marine sediments in the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela and applied the paleoenvironmental proxies developed as part of the sediment trap experiment to reconstruct the Late Holocene climate for the circum-Caribbean region. She was awarded a USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship to establish a subsurface sediment trap time series station in the northern Gulf of Mexico to calibrate sedimentary properties to current hydrographic and meteorological conditions for application to the Holocene climate record of the region. Kathy has participated in over 25 educational, hydrographic and marine sediment cruises as an instructor, scientist and chief scientist.