Guest Blogger Biography: Jeffrey Payne, Ph.D., has served as the Deputy Director of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center (CSC) since 1998. Dr. Payne also serves as NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team Lead and is responsible for leadership of a 20-member cross-NOAA team focused on improving the value of NOAA services to constituents in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Before joining the CSC, Dr. Payne was deputy director of NOAA’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning in Washington, D.C., worked for the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President, and served a year in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Dr. Payne earned his Ph.D. in Geophysical Oceanography from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Geology from West Virginia University.
Forecasting hurricanes, mapping coral reefs, monitoring climate change, operating tsunami warning systems, managing fisheries and producing navigation charts are just a few of the NOAA services of economic and environmental importance to the people of the Caribbean. Given the diversity and geographic extent of projects across the region, sharing best practices and communicating the status and coordination of science, service and stewardship happening with NOAA and its partners in the region can be challenging. To aid this effort, the NOAA in the Caribbean collaborative was formed in 2010 and is launching its NOAA in the Caribbean Newsletter in February of 2012 as a means to better connect NOAA activities and scientists with the Caribbean region’s managers, partners, and decision makers. NOAA’s Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science support the collaborative and the newsletter.
This new quarterly publication is designed to engage and educate regional stakeholders about the on-the-ground science, management, and operations taking place throughout the Caribbean. As it evolves, the newsletter will continue to provide interesting news items on a variety of topics concerning the Caribbean audience, updates on new regional data and tools, announcements of funding opportunities, upcoming events and more.
We welcome feedback on the newsletter style and content, and we are always interested in receiving contributions from across the Line Offices that help connect NOAA and partners in the Caribbean. Please e-mail us your feedback and story ideas to CaribbeanNews@noaa.gov.