Dr. Cecily Steppe elected to the MARACOOS Board of Directors
POSTED ON: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:33 AM by By: Alexander R. Davies and Andrew G. Keppel
Dr. Cecily Steppe, Professor and Chair of the U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Department, was elected to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (MARACOOS) Board of Directors at the organization’s Annual Meeting held May 18, 2018 in Annapolis, MD. MARACOOS, the regional U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) entity, was established in 2004 with the mission to seek, integrate, share, and apply knowledge and understanding of our coastal ocean. This mission is realized through scientific expertise, operational monitoring, and effective communication. MARACOOS members are from academia, industry, government, and other stakeholders from Cape Cod, MA to Cape Hatteras, NC, including the U.S. Naval Academy.
Dr. Steppe, an expert in coastal biophysical processes and estuarine ecology, will serve a three year term on the MARACOOS Board of Directors. Dr. Steppe has served as the Director of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Center for Chesapeake Bay Observation and Modeling (CCBOM) for four years, and has been a member since it was founded in 2005. CCBOM’s mission is to facilitate research efforts focused on Chesapeake Bay and the coastal ocean among USNA’s academic departments and divisions. Since 2016, Dr. Steppe has also served on the steering committee for the Chesapeake Community Modeling Program (CCMP), a project supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Office, which works to advance the accessibility of open-source environmental models in support of research and management efforts.
Dr. Steppe hopes to bring her expertise in estuarine and tributary research to MARACOOS. “While many MARACOOS efforts center on the Mid-Atlantic continental shelf and the mainstems of adjacent bays, tributary processes can influence larger-scale coastal dynamics,” Steppe said, adding, “I hope to help identify new stakeholder requirements, and to fill tributary-scale gaps in the data MARACOOS provides to end-users.”
Congratulations to Dr. Cecily Steppe!