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Science Team

Rather unique in our industry, Sea-Bird Scientific has its own science team to determine the scientific requirements for our instruments, evaluate that manufactured instruments meet those requirements, oversee the calibration of instruments, and answer questions from scientists using our instruments around the world.


Norge Larson, Ph.D.

Science Advisor and President Emeritus

Dr. Norge Larson is a former owner and president of Sea-Bird Electronics and a former president of Sea-Bird Scientific. In his current role, Dr. Larson oversees the scientific work at Sea-Bird Scientific, and helps outside scientists and government agencies with their questions. He has a B.S. in Physics from Augsburg College, and a Ph.D. in Ocean Physics from the University of Washington.

Dr. Larson has been developing and improving instruments at Sea-Bird since 1988. His areas of expertise include ocean instrument development, measurement methods, calibration and metrology methods, and instrument error analysis. Dr. Larson was instrumental in developing Sea-Bird’s understanding of CTD dynamic behavior at sea, viscous heating, and conductivity cell thermal mass, leading to improvements in instrumentation and data analysis. He was largely responsible for development of the TC-duct and software methods to reduce salinity spiking, a temperature secondary standard, oxygen sensor development, WOCE-level work off Argo floats, and establishment of Sea-Bird’s metrology and calibration laboratories.

Marlon Lewis, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Dr. Marlon Lewis, Senior Scientist, is a former owner  and founder of Satlantic and a professor of Oceanography at Dalhousie University. He received B.S. and M.S. (Ecology) at the University of Maryland, and Ph.D. in Biology from Dalhousie University in 1984.

Dr. Lewis is a recipient of the Lindemann Award from the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography, a Special Outstanding Achievement Award from NASA, a Killam Prize from Dalhousie University, and a Poste Rouge from the French Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique. His research interests span a broad range of oceanographic areas from upper ocean physics to phytoplankton ecology and bio-optical oceanography. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the Technology category in Atlantic Canada, was named as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and is a Fellow of the Oceanography Society. He holds adjunct appointments at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, and the Ocean University of China. Dr. Lewis has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and serves on numerous advisory councils to organizations and governments in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Ron Zaneveld, Ph.D.

Consulting Scientist

Dr. Ron Zaneveld, Consulting Scientist, is a former owner and co-founder of WET Labs.

Dr. Zaneveld received his B.S. in Physics from Old Dominion University, M.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ph.D in Oceanography from Oregon State Univeristy. His research and background is in the theory of radiative transfer, visibility, relationship of inherent and apparent optical properties, relationship of particle characteristics, and design of optical instrumentation.




Dave Murphy, MS Electrical Engineering

Director of Science

Dave Murphy received his B.S. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dave was formerly Research and Development Manager at Sea-Bird Electronics. His focus is on Oceanographic sensor design, characterization, and calibration. He is responsible for Sea-Bird Electronics’ metrology work and has oversight of the calibration facility.

Andrew Barnard, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Andrew Barnard has a background and interests in physical/biological interactions in the euphotic zone, coastal ocean observing systems, inherent optical properties and relationships to biogeochemical variability, remote sensing, radiative transfer, interactions between the oceanic and terrestrial environments.

Thomas O. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Vice President Commercial Team

Dr. Thomas Mitchell received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He holds an MBA from the University of Colorado with a joint M.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Dr. Mitchell’s technical background is Materials Science and Engineering with an emphasis on solid state physics. His R&D focus is optical and electrochemical sensors with a view toward providing low-power reagent-free measurements of biogeochemical parameters in ocean, coastal, and inland waters.

Ian Walsh, Ph.D.

Director of Science

Dr. Ian Walsh received his B.S. from Case Institute of Technology at Case Western Reserve University, M.S. from the College of Oceanography at Oregon State University, and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. His research interests are particle dynamics, including the use of the particle field to understand basic biogeochemical processes and the influence of physical forcing on those processes, carbon fluxes and fates including predictive modeling, and the development of imaging tools (hardware and software) for in-situ measurements of particle abundance and size distribution.

Ronnie Van Dommelen, Ph.D.

Optical Design

Dr. Ronnie Van Dommelen received his B.Eng., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University.  Ronnie’s research interests include the design of optical instrumentation, experimental design for sensor verification, and metrology to support sensor calibration.  He has a particular interest in radiometers for ocean color measurements, with additional interest in fast-repetition-rate fluorometry and pH.

Burkhard Plache, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Dr. Burkhard Plache has a background in physics, with experience in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. He has worked on remote sensing using satellites, and has been involved in calibration and characterization of radiometers. More recent work involves bio-fluorescence sensors and in situ ultra-violet spectrophotometers for use in both coastal and open ocean sensing applications.

Charles Branham, Ph.D.

Senior Chemist

Dr. Charlie Branham received his B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University, M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington and Ph.D. in Process Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington. He was also a Postdoctoral Fellow and Senior Chemist at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Seattle, WA prior to joining Sea-Bird. Charlie’s research interests are focused on developing stable, robust, precise and fast responding sensors for the analysis of complex systems. To this end, he has worked to improve current and design new optical oxygen sensors for use in a variety of challenging applications, such as analyzing fermentation media, arterial blood, jet fuel and deep sea hydrothermal vent fluid. In addition to his main research interests, Charlie enjoys using multivariate data analysis techniques to increase the knowledge gained from sensors and instruments analyzing complex industrial, biological, and environmental process streams.

Kim Martini, Ph.D.

Senior Oceanographer

Dr. Kim Martini received her Ph.D. in Oceanography at the University of Washington, and went on to do post-doctoral work at the University of Alaska. Kim came to Sea-Bird from PMEL, where she was the lead scientist / engineer for the Ecosystems & Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (EcoFOCI) group towed instrument platform effort. At PMEL, Kim worked with Sea-Bird Scientific instruments towed behind various ships, giving her a head start on her work at Sea-Bird, where she is involved in characterization and optimization aspects of product development, support of Navis customers, and training activities.

Jochen Klinke, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Dr. Jochen Klinke received his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Heidelberg University. He worked at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, developing imaging techniques for visualization of exchange processes across the air-sea interface and working on the original prototype Underwater CTD (UCTD) design. Jochen came to Sea-Bird from Oceanscience, where he worked on commercialized the UCTD for oceanographic and hydrographic applications, and developed the rapidCAST for automatic water column profiling from moving vessels. He is a Principal Scientist in the Product Management group, with responsibility for our CTD products.

Cristina Orrico, MS Biological Sciences

Engineering Manager and Senior Research Associate

Cristina Orrico received her B.S. from Rutgers University and M.S. in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University. Her research interests are in biological oceanography, focused on bioluminescence, phytoplankton ecology, phytoplankton physiology, and the design of novel optical and biogeochemical instrumentation to investigate the community composition in optically complex coastal waters.

Geoff MacIntyre, MS Oceanography

Director of Marketing

Geoff MacIntyre received a B.S. in Biology from Acadia University and a M.S. in Oceanography from Dalhousie University. His graduate research focused on the effects of coastal ocean nutrient stratification on phytoplankton physiology. Geoff originally came to Satlantic from Dalhousie as a Field Support Scientist in 1999 and has participated in a number of international research programs, logging several months at sea. With his extensive field experience, Geoff's role evolved to include Project Manager, Product Manager, and Director of Marketing and Sales for Satlantic. Prior to joining Satlantic in 1999, Geoff worked for Dalhousie University’s Department of Oceanography both as a Laboratory Manager and Field Scientist. Geoff is currently the Director of Marketing, and is responsible for managing the external communications, digital marketing, advertising, branding, and market research functions.

Genevieve Howell, MS Marine Biology

Director of Supply Chain

Genevieve received a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina –Wilmington, where she studied marine mammal acoustics, with a focus on acoustic signal acquisition system design and data processing. After graduate school, Genevieve started at Sea-Bird as a Calibration Technician, working with our metrologist to define best practices for conductivity measurements made with Sea-Bird’s Autosal. As Operations Director for the Bellevue, Washington site, Genevieve managed a team of 68 associates who are responsible for all aspects of new production at Sea-Bird from board-level testing, through instrument build, calibration, system integration and final test, shipping, production engineering support, and EHS & facilities management. Currently, Genevieve is Supply Chain Director, responsible for setting procurement strategy and developing processes to support the best delivery and quality for our customers.