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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.

Andrew Barnard, Ph.D. Chief Technology Officer     

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.

Charles Branham, Ph.D.Senior Chemist     

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.

Laura Collins, BS ChemistryMetrologist     

Laura Collins, Metrologist

Laura Collins received her BS in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College. Prior to Sea-Bird, she worked for several years in industrial chemistry research on the development and characterization of catalytic materials for hydrotreating applications (hydrotreating is a process that removes pollutants from fuels, reducing harmful emissions from their combustion). As Sea-Bird Scientific's metrologist, she oversees the maintenance of the metrology lab and associated calibration systems, ensuring our calibration systems meet the exacting standards expected of the industry. She also aids in the development and improvement of calibration methods to make our sensors accurate and reliable.

Genevieve Howell, MS Marine BiologyDirector, Products & Global Services     

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, she started at Sea-Bird as a Calibration Technician, working with our metrologist to define best practices for conductivity measurements . As Operations Director for the Bellevue, Washington site, she managed a team of 50+ associates who are responsible for all aspects of 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. She also served as Director of Supply Chain, responsible for setting procurement strategy and developing processes to support the best delivery and quality for our customers. Currently, she is the Director of Global Service & Technical Support, providing leadership and direction to our repair and calibration operations, service administration, and technical support teams.

Jochen Klinke, Ph.D. Director of Science     

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.

Norge Larson, Ph.D. Science Advisor and President Emeritus     

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.

Kim Martini, Ph.D.Senior Oceanographer     

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.

Thomas O. Mitchell, Ph.D. Vice President Commercial Team     

Thomas O. Mitchell, Ph.D. Vice President Commercial Team

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.

Dave Murphy, MS Electrical Engineering Director of Science and Engineering

Dave Murphy, MS Electrical Engineering, Director of Science

David Murphy is the Director of Research and Development at Sea-Bird Scientific. In addition to managing Sea-Bird’s engineering and science teams, his focus is on oceanographic sensor design, characterization, and calibration. He is responsible for Sea-Bird’s metrology work and has oversight of the calibration facility. He is an instructor for Sea-Bird’s training course, leading courses since 2000. He has been working at Sea-Bird since 1991, prior to that he worked at Texas A&M Department of Oceanography as a Research Engineer. He studied oceanography at the University of Washington and Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Cristina Orrico, MS Biological SciencesEngineering Manager and Senior Research Associate

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.

Eric Rehm, Ph.D.Senior Oceanographer - Optics     

Eric Rehm, Ph.D. Senior Oceanographer - Optics

Dr. Eric Rehm received his Ph.D. in Oceanography at the University of Washington, and went on to study Arctic marine ecosystems using ocean optics on autonomous platforms with Université Laval’s Takuvik team in Québec, Canada. Oceanography was a career transition for Eric, following a 25 year career in computer science, software development, search engine architecture, and audio-visual metadata standards (ISO MPEG-7, ASC CDL). His passion is multi- and hyperspectral understanding of light in water, particularly leading to a better understanding of phytoplankton productivity, taxonomic composition, and bloom phenology using passive (radiometry, satellite ocean color), active (LED, laser, LiDAR) optics, and spectroscopy. Eric also dabbles in underwater and under-ice acoustics.

Ian Walsh, Ph.D.Science Director     

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.

Natalie Zielinski, MS OceanographyProduct Manager     

Natalie Zielinski, Product Manager

Natalie received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware, and an M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. Whoop! Her graduate research focused on air-sea-ice interactions and current dynamics over the shelf break in East Antarctica. She became familiar with Sea-Bird products through her graduate work and participation on GO-SHIP cruise NBP1702. Natalie joined the Technical Support team at Sea-Bird in 2018 where she became an expert at instrument troubleshooting and best practices. She now uses her science background and sea experience to develop next generation products and functional requirements as a Product Manager.