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Executive Council

The Executive Council is made up of five Senior NOAA officials, representing the four NOAA Goal Teams, and is chaired by the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes. The NOAA Science Advisor, the NGI Director, and the NOAA Cooperative Institutes Program Manger will serve as ex officio members of the Executive Council.

  • Alan Leonardi - NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (Chair)
  • Bonnie Ponwith - NOAA SE Fisheries Science Center
  • Todd Davison - NOAA/NOS/OCM Southern Region
  • Margaret Davidson - NOAA Coastal Services Center
  • Louisa Koch - NOAA Office of Education
  • David Shaw - MSU Office of Research and Economic Development
  • Gordon Cannon - USM Office of Research

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 NGI Council of Fellows consist of:

  • 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. (delegated to Just Cebrian)
  • UAH - Kevin Knupp, Ph.D.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council serves as the principal interface to the regional stakeholder community of the NGI.

  • 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