PI-CASC welcomes our new Science Coordinator

Headshot of Heather Kerkering

     Another new addition to our PI-CASC ohana late this fall was Heather Kerkering, who has been brought on board as a federal Science Coordinator, and now that she is back from furlough, we can officially welcome her! Kerkering brings over a decade of leadership experience working across government, academic, non-profit, and industry sectors to apply the latest science and technology to pressing environmental and climate issues.

     Most recently, she served as the founder of her own consulting company, Sea Connections Consulting, where among other things, she provided project management services and advice on strategic planning for government and non-profit organizations.

     Kerkering is no stranger to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, though. Prior to working as a consultant, Kerkering served as the Director of the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) at the UH Mānoa, overseeing operations of the largest region in the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System. She also helped launch the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CenCOOS) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and served as the CeNCOOS Program Manager for several years. She co-edited the first book on Coastal Ocean Observing Systems and has participated in numerous regional, national, and international initiatives to improve the collection, coordination, and application of ocean and atmospheric information to environmental issues.

     "I am very excited to be back in the Pacific working on such incredibly relevant and pressing climate topics in our region," Kerkering says. "I'm surrounded by motivated, intelligent, and innovative scientists and managers, supporting applied science that addresses a myriad of climate topics across such a wide region. I look forward to being an active part of the regional and national climate communities."

     We are delighted to bring on Heather Kerkering with her strong and varied background to help coordinate our efforts in the Pacific region, and look forward to her future contributions.