Assistant Director (civil servant) with with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results. Skilled in managing all levels of federal projects including strategic planning, execution, budgeting and administration. Highly experienced in personnel management and conflict resolution.
Led an office transition from a staff-only, policy portfolio to an $10+ M portfolio of programs, essentially overnight (unexpectedly received appropriated funds mid-way through fiscal year with expectations for full obligation). This included designing and implementing two new programs (Environmental Literacy Grants program and Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship program) in less than four months and with no additional staff.
Successfully managed budgets up to $59M annually, including programs with high Congressional and constituent interest and oversight.
Maintains strong emphasis on personnel management, mentorship, and professional growth. Consistently receives outstanding ratings for employee satisfaction.
As Senior International Program Analyst for the GLOBE Program was responsible for program implementation and partner-country support in the Balkan, Baltic, and East Asia regions. Successfully negotiated GLOBE bi-lateral agreements with new partner countries working closely with State Department and senior governmental and NGO officials from these countries. Worked with GLOBE Coordinators from partner countries to ensure successful GLOBE implementation. Contributed to policy development for all international aspects of GLOBE. Organized, facilitated, and trained in over 10 international training workshops. Established partnerships and coordinated activities with national and international environmental education organizations in order to promote successful GLOBE implementation worldwide (e.g., NSTA, AAAS, UNESCO-UNEP, USAID, PeaceCorps, Project Green, etc.)
Conducted scientific research assessing the role of habitat on the distribution and ecology of benthic megafauna off the coast of the northeastern United States. Collected and analyzed data using a variety of research tools and methods, such as manned submersibles, Remotely Operated Vehicles, side-scan sonar, and trawl surveys. Developed new research methodologies for utilizing digital image analysis systems to quantify bottom complexity of marine habitats.
Manages all formal K-12 and informal education programs and staff. Serves as the Engagement Enterprise Strategy lead for the Strategy Execution and Evaluation process. Served as the NOAA HQ Program Manager for the Planning Programming Budgeting and Execution System.
During this period also served as Acting Deputy Director (December 2004 - April 2005).
Lead the Office of Marine Sanctuaries' strategic planning team, reporting directly to the Director. As a member of the ONMS HQ Science Team led a headquarters team that, in coordination with staff from the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), CA state authorities, and local partners, designed a monitoring strategy to assess the effectiveness of proposed federal marine reserves at CINMS.
As a Project Scientist, assisted the GLOBE Chief Scientist in managing the science component of the program. Certified GLOBE Master trainer in all areas of GLOBE (Atmosphere, Hydrology, Soils, Land Cover, and Systems). Organized, facilitated, and trained in over 50 GLOBE workshops (train-the-trainers, teacher-training, and teacher-follow-up) both domestically and abroad. As a Senior International Program Analyst, coordinated the GLOBE implementation partner countries in the Balkan, Baltic, and East Asia regions and successfully negotiated GLOBE agreements with new partner countries working closely with State Department and senior governmental and NGO officials from these countries.
Worked for the Chief Scientist of the Program. Reviewed and prepared scientific documents with special emphasis on the development of the Hydrology section of the 1997 GLOBE Teachers' Guide. Adapted existing freshwater GLOBE measurements to seawater and the developed a new GLOBE measurement for water salinity. Participated in 9 workshops as a trainer of teachers and prospective trainers.
Researched the role of habitat on the distribution and ecology of benthic megafauna using a variety of research tools and methods, such as manned submersibles, Remotely Operated Vehicles, side-scan sonar, and trawl surveys. Developed new research methodologies for utilizing digital image analysis systems to quantify bottom complexity of marine habitats.
Relevant Coursework: Descriptive Physical Oceanography, Marine Biogeochemistry, Geological Oceanography, Special Topics in Oceanography, Applied Statistics I and II, Special Topics: Zooplankton Ecology, Quantitative Aspects of Underwater Imaging, Special Topics: Deep Sea Ecology, Adaptations of Marine Organisms, Special Topics: Prey-Predator Dynamics, Special Topics: Fisheries Ecology.
Relevant Coursework: Descriptive Oceanography, Advanced Ichthyology, Environmental Physiology of Marine Animals, Seminar: Tropical Studies in Marine Biology, Biogeography, Biological Oceanography, Graduate Seminar: Parasitology, Analysis of Biological Data, Biology of Sharks, Animal Behavior.
Relevant Coursework: General Physics I and II, General Mathematics I and II, Inorganic Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Introduction to Philosophy I and II, Introduction to Biological Sciences, English I and II, General Zoology I and II, Plant Morphology I and II, Biochemistry I and II, Physical Geography, Physical Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Biostatistics, General Meteorology and Climatology, Systematic Botany, Systematic Zoology I and II, Animal Physiology I and II, Plant Physiology I and II, Cell Biology I and II, Genetics I and II, Immunology, Marine Biology, Molecular Biology I and II, Ecology I and II, Plant Hormones, Ichthyology, Entomology, Microbiology, Geobotany, Zoogeography, Genetics of Populations.
Auster, P.J., C. Michalopoulos, R. Robertson, P.C. Valentine, K. Joy, and V. Cross. 1998. Use of acoustic methods for classification and monitoring of seafloor habitat complexity: description of approaches. In: Linking Protected Areas With Working Landscapes. Science and Management of Protected Areas Association, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Auster, P.J., C. Michalopoulos, P.C. Valentine, and R.J. Malatesta. 1998. Delineating and monitoring habitat management units in a temperate deep-water marine protected area. In: Linking Protected Areas With Working Landscapes. Science and Management of Protected Areas Association, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Michalopoulos C., P.J. Auster, and R.J. Malatesta. 1993. A comparison of transect and time-species counts for assessing faunal abundance form video surveys. Marine Technology Society Journal, 26(4): 27-31.
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