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The NGI Executive Council

The NGI Executive Council consists of six Senior NOAA officials and the Vice Presidents of Research from all six NGI academic partner institutions. Ex Officio members include the NOAA Cooperative Institute Program Director, the NOAA Lead Technical Program Manager (TPM), and the NGI Director. The Executive Council is primarily responsible for broad policy and program direction for the NGI. The Council will transmit NOAA strategic plans and priorities to the NGI management to ensure program alignment with NOAA priorities. NGI is committed to transparency, accountability, governance control, and effective integration through the Executive Council.

Representative Council Members:

  • Robert Atlas, Ph.D. - OAR AOML, Director, NOAA Lead Technical Program Manager
  • Alan Leonardi, Ph.D. - OAR OER Director (Chair)
  • John Cortinas, Ph.D. - OAR OWAQ Director
  • Steve Goodman, Ph.D. - NESDIS GOES-R Program, Senior (Chief) Scientist
  • Paul Scholz, Ph.D. - NOS Office for Coastal Management, Deputy Director
  • Mel Landry III, Ph.D. - NMFS NOAA Restoration Center
  • David Shaw, Ph.D. - MSU VP for Research and Economic Development
  • Gordon Cannon, Ph.D. - USM VP for Research
  • Gary K. Ostrander, Ph.D. - FSU VP for Research
  • K.T. Valsaraj, Ph.D. - LSU VP for Research and Economic Development
  • Ray Vaughn, Ph.D. - UAH VP for Research and Economic Development
  • John Valentine, Ph.D. - DISL Director
  • Robert Moorhead, Ph.D. - MSU, NGI Director

The Council of Fellows

The Council of Fellows is chaired by the NGI Director and is composed of senior scientific and technical representatives from each NGI member academic institution. The Council of Fellows is the principal vehicle for NGI concept development, program strategy, annual research plans, peer review, resource allocation, research and technology coordination, and achieving the overarching goal of regional and disciplinary integration. The Fellows participate in regular teleconferences to remain up to date between face-to-face meetings.

The Council of Fellows Members:

  • MSU - Robert Moorhead, Ph.D. (Chair, NGI Director)
  • MSU - Steve Ashby, Ph.D. (NGI Co-Director)
  • USM - Monty Graham, Ph.D. (USM Co-Director)
  • FSU - Eric Chassignet, Ph.D.
  • LSU - Robert Twilley, Ph.D.
  • DISL - John Valentine, Ph.D.
  • UAH - Kevin Knupp, Ph.D.
  • NOAA/AOML - Robert Atlas, Ph.D. (NOAA NGI Lead Technical Program Manager)
  • NOAA - Candice Jongsma, Ph.D. (NOAA CI Program Director)

Advisory Council

The NGI Advisory Council serves as the principal interface to the regional stakeholder community of the NGI. It has broad representation from the region, and meets regularly to identify and prioritize research and educational needs in the Gulf of Mexico region. The Advisory Council provides input on the current research and education/outreach programs of the NGI. NGI supports the formation and efforts of workgroups around each of the major themes of the NGI and accepts direction from the Advisory Council when they identify the need.

The NGI Advisory Council Members:

  • Steven Ashby - MSU/NGI Co-Director (Co-Chair)
  • Monty Graham - USM/NGI Co-Director (Co-Chair)
  • Duane Armstrong - NASA Stennis Space Center
  • David Brown - NOAA National Weather Service, Southern Region
  • Laurie Bowie - Gulf of Mexico Alliance
  • Alyssa Dausman - Gulf Coast Ecosystem Research Council
  • Lisa Desfosse - NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Ayesha Gray - Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Judy Haner - The Nature Conservancy
  • Karl Havens - Florida Sea Grant College Program
  • Julien Lartigue - NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
  • Kristen Laursen - NOAA Fisheries Service
  • Larry McKinney - Harte Research Institute
  • Sharon Mesick - NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
  • Jamie Miller - Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
  • Helmut Portmann - NOAA National Data Buoy Center
  • Matt Romkens - USDA National Sedimentation Lab
  • Ben Scaggs - EPA Gulf of Mexico Program
  • Buck Sutter - Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
  • LaDon Swann - MS‐AL Sea Grant Consortium
  • Suzanne Van Cooten - NOAA National Weather Service LMRFC
  • Jeff Waters - US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Chuck Wilson - GOMRI Chief Scientist

Program Leadership

Robert J. Moorhead II, PhD
NGI Director
Office: 662.325.2850
Mississippi State University
Box 9627
Mississippi State, MS 39562
Steven L. Ashby, PhD
NGI Co-Director
Office: 228.688.3228
NGI Program Office
MSU Science and Technology Center
1021 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
Brandy Akers
NGI Program Administrator
Office: 662.325.8814
Mississippi State University
Box 9627
Mississippi State, MS 39759