Renewable Natural 

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2018 Congress on Ocean POlicy 


Ronce Almond

Roncevert (Ronce) Ganan Almond is a Partner at The Wicks Group, PLLC. Almond’s practice encompasses both regulatory and commercial matters, as well as litigation. His experience includes cross-border transactions and international investigations. His professional background extends to national security issues arising under U.S. and international law. He has advised clients – from government authorities to commercial enterprises - across the globe on achieving compliance with U.S. federal regulations and international legal standards. Almond is also an ongoing contributor to The Diplomat, an international affairs journal for the Asia-Pacific, where he covers diplomacy and national security issues. His publications have been cited by the White House, U.S. Congress, national and foreign media, think tanks, and leading academic journals.

Almond received a B.A from George Washington University, an M.A in Political Science and J.D. from Duke University.

Tommy Beaudreau

Tommy Beaudreau is a partner of Latham & Watkins LLC, a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, and Global Co-Chair of the Project Siting & Approvals Practice. Beaudreau is also a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Previously, Beaudreau served in several capacities at the U.S. Department of the Interior beginning in June 2010 to help develop and lead the department’s aggressive reforms of offshore energy management and oversight following the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill. He then served as the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (2011-2014), as Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management (2013-2014), and as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s chief of staff from 2014 to January 2017. As the first director of BOEM, he led the successful effort to support U.S.’s offshore wind program, as well as oversaw the federal offshore oil and gas leasing program.

Beaudreau received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Donald Boesch

Donald Boesch is a professor of marine science at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, where he served as president from 1990 to 2017. From 2006-2017, he concurrently served as vice chancellor for Environmental Sustainability for the University System of Maryland.

He was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010. He has a long record of service to the National Academy of Sciences, serving as chair of the Ocean Studies Board and member of the Committee on America's Climate Choices and Advisory Board of the Gulf Research Program. He is currently on the Leadership Council of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and the Advisory Board for BONUS: Science for a Better Future of the Baltic Sea Region. He received a B.S. from Tulane University and a Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary.

Scott Doney

Scott Doney is Joe D. and Helen J. Kington Professor of Environmental Change at the University of Virginia. He studies marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem dynamics, large-scale ocean circulation and tracers, and the global carbon cycle. Previously, Doney was a senior scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where his research focused on the impacts of both natural and human-driven climate change. He also was a postdoctoral fellow and later a scientist in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

He is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. Doney received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint program in 1991.

Jason Gedamke

Jason Gedamke is director of the Ocean Acoustics Program at NOAA Fisheries Office of Science & Technology. His research has focused on marine mammal acoustics and anthropogenic noise research projects. Prior to joining NOAA, Gedamke worked for the Australian Antarctic Division where he provided scientific advice for Australia’s policy positions at the International Whaling Commission, conducted acoustic research on cetaceans in the Southern Ocean, and provided scientific advice regarding the potential impact of man-made sound on marine mammals.

He received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Betsy Nicholson

Betsy Nicholson serves as the north regional director for the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Nicholson was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the North East Regional Planning Body as the federal co-lead. She began her career at NOAA as a Sea Grant Fellow, later serving as the NOAA Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce.

Nicholson received a B.A. from Williams College and a Masters in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke.

Bonnie Ram

Bonnie Ram played a central role in preparing the first U.S. offshore wind visions beginning in 2001 by leading the environmental aspects of the strategy in collaboration with engineers and engaging a large network of stakeholders across the country and in Europe. For ten years, as VP at a national consulting firm, Ram worked as a senior environmental analyst with DOE’s Office of Wind Energy Technologies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the International Energy Agency. Bonnie was a co-founder (with NREL) of the first research collaborative between scientists, the utility industry, and federal agencies on bat mortality and conservation around wind power sites. The Bat and Wind Energy Cooperative is still active today. Recently, Bonnie was invited to serve as a Guest Senior Researcher at the Danish Technical University – Wind Energy Department for two years where her responsibility was to stimulate new thinking and build a new interdisciplinary division and European social science network. Ram is now the Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives for the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and an Associate Director at the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware and has her own consulting practice.

Ram holds a B.A. in Geography and International Development and an M.A. in Environmental Policy and Science, both from Clark University.

CINDY VAN DOVER

Cindy Van Dover is currently the Harvey W. Smith Distinguished Professor of Biological Oceanography at Duke University, chair of the Division of Marine Science and Conservation, and director of the Duke University Marine Laboratory. Her current research focuses primarily on the study of biodiversity, biogeography, and connectivity of invertebrates from chemosynthetic ecosystems and invertebrate functional anatomy. In addition, she is active in developing pre-industrialization policy and management strategies for deep-sea resources. She has served as pilot-in-command of 48 deep-diving submersible ALVIN dives, published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is an active participant and chief scientist in NSF- and NOAA-sponsored field programs to deep-sea environments.

Van Dover holds a B.S. from Rutgers University, an M.A. from University of California Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Biological Oceanography.