Meet the Team

kari pohlKari Pohl: I am a chemical oceanographer and environmental scientist who is passionate to better understand how climate is changing and what those changes may mean for estuarine ecosystems. As an environmental scientist, I like to look at “the big picture” or how many different factors come into play to cause ecosystem disturbances.


ColesVictoria Coles: I am a physical oceanographer, someone who studies ocean currents, who is also interested in ecology and how it’s shaped by the distribution of elements in the ocean and how in turn ocean ecology influences global climate. Some of my research questions can only be addressed at the scale of entire oceans, others, such as this project ask how our local Chesapeake Bay environment is influenced by climate variability and change.


HoodRaleigh Hood: I am a biological oceanographer, someone who studies ocean and estuarine ecology and nutrient cycling. Most of my research involves using numerical models to simulate and better understand ecological and biogeochemical processes in marine systems. My research covers a wide range of spatial scales, from local embayments in the Chesapeake to entire ocean basins. In Chesapeake Bay I use models and observations to study ecosystem dynamics, nutrient cycling and transport, and how these processes are affected by climate variability and anthropogenic impacts.


PJ-HeadshotPaula Jasinski: I’m a coastal scientist who runs an environmental communications consulting firm. My work focuses on making science accessible to environmental managers, regulators, students, user groups, and the general public. To do this we analyze data and research findings to create new information products. These products often include maps, graphics, animations, video clips, interactive e-books, web tools, and more.

DaveJasinskiDave Jasinski: I have a Master’s degree in estuarine ecology and have worked around Chesapeake Bay my entire professional life. I’ve worked in the field collecting data and samples, in the lab analyzing samples and running experiments, and in front of the computer analyzing data, creating graphics, and writing narratives describing what all that information means. While I’ve enjoyed all of it, what I love most is using diagrams, interactive graphics, and descriptive text to explain how the Bay works. I’m excited to jump into this project and come up with new ways to communicate what we find!

Bob Wood*: I work for NOAA and my research focuses on the effects of climate variability and changes on coastal ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide to our coastal communities. I am excited to be a part of this project because of its novel approach. While we often talk about average annual changes in weather conditions that are likely to occur over time, these are statistics. Our goal here is to shed light on how changes in the frequency of key weather events (storms, droughts, heat waves, cold snaps, etc.) will influence the Bay and the ecosystem services we derive from it – and we plan to relate those relationship to projected climate projections to provide greater insight into the types of changes and even ‘surprises’ we might be challenged with as climate changes take place.

*Note (September 2015): Bob Wood is now at the Campbell Foundation.

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