Barbara Bischof, Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara Bischof earned her Ph.D. in Geography from Florida State University, merging both physical and social aspects of ocean and coastal research. She holds a M.A. from New York University in Mass Communication and Journalism with an Academic Certificate in science reporting, and a M.S. from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Marine Geology and Geophysics, focusing on coral reefs and mangrove systems and their response to human-induced change and catastrophic events. Barbara also has formal academic training in international relations, political ecology, and marine environmental management and policy studies. In recent years, she has served as university professor, kite-surfing instructor, and worked offshore as a member of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response and Restoration Team, as well as organizing and participating in numerous marine research endeavors in the Bahamas, South Florida, the Caribbean and Eastern Africa. She continues to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management as a subject matter expert on interdisciplinary research and joins NOPP with over 10 years of marine science research and project management experience.
Senior Program Coordinator
Margaret Lee is a Program Coordinator for the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. She earned a B.S. in Biology from California State University, Los Angeles, and a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment, Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan. Her capstone project focused on understanding engagement between communities and marine protected area managers within the United States and Canada. Prior to joining the NOPP, Margaret worked in government relations with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. She is also a teacher and performer at the Washington Improv Theater.
Joanna Peth is a Program Coordinator for the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. She earned a B.S. in Earth Science at the Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in Marine Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Joanna’s graduate thesis focused on developing a multi-proxy approach to relative sea-level reconstructions in the South Atlantic, as well as investigating human impacts on coastal ecosystems over the last century. Previously, Joanna has worked as an environmental advocate with Greenpeace in Washington, D.C. and separately, with the Global Brigades in Panama.
Science & Policy Communications Fellow
Katherine McKee is a Science and Policy Communications Fellow for the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Hollins University and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University. Her final project discussed lessons current coastal and marine spatial planning structures could learn from past planning in the United States National Forests. Previous experiences include work with the Nature Conservancy and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. In the future, Katherine hopes to work in ocean conservation.
Science & Policy Communications Fellow
Sarah Murray is a Science & Policy Communications Fellow at the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. She earned a M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the U.N. Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, focusing on marine management and conservation. Her capstone project examined the underlying assumptions of fisheries stock assessment models. As a Fulbright Researcher in Spain, Sarah studied the socio-ecological dynamics of an octopus fishery and collaborated with the Lonxanet Foundation for Sustainable Fishing. She also has field experience in fisheries observation, marine megafauna research, and sea turtle conservation.