SECOORA members actively shape and guide our initiatives, making us a trusted source for coastal ocean information in the Southeast. Get involved and be a part of shaping the future of coastal communities.

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From North Carolina to Florida, universities, state and local agencies, volunteer groups, businesses, and more join SECOORA to set our regional coastal ocean observing priorities.

Why should I join SECOORA?


As one of the 11 Integrated Ocean Observing Systems, SECOORA helps set national priorities. Our members have a platform to voice monitoring gaps, write national observing plans, and advocate for regional needs.


SECOORA is a network of organizations, achieving success through partnership among members and other stakeholders. We promote and leverage member initiatives. Whether writing a joint proposal, sponsoring regional projects, or acting as a convener – we are eager to work with our members to create successes.

Network & Empower

The SECOORA community is composed of leaders in coastal ocean sciences. We host an open annual meeting, support events, and share opportunities where members can network with other professionals. Your membership directly supports student and next-generation opportunities, helping empower the future leaders in coastal ocean sciences.

View our membership flyer or contact us,, to become a member today!

“As a member, SECOORA serves as my pathway to advancing research and expanding my network. I value that our contributions are invested in creating opportunities for a wide variety of marine science professionals.”

Gary Mitchum, University of South Florida College of Marine Science

Institutional Member Representative State
Coastal Carolina University Paul Gayes South Carolina
Coastal Science & Engineering Patrick Barrineau South Carolina
College of Charleston Scott Harris South Carolina
Duke University Marine Lab Patrick N. Halpin North Carolina
East Carolina University Coastal Studies Institute Mike Muglia North Carolina
Fathom Science Jennifer Warrillow North Carolina
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Luke McEachron Florida
Florida Institute of Oceanography Monty Graham Florida
Florida Institute of Technology Steven Lazarus Florida
Florida International University School of Environment, Arts and Society Jim Fourqurean Florida
GeoOptics Conrad Lautenbacher Georgia
Georgia Southern University Asli Aslan Georgia
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Dennis Hanisak Florida
Indian River Lagoon Council Duane De Freese Florida
Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute Bryan Franks Florida
North Carolina State University Ruoying He North Carolina
Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University Evelien VanderKloet Canada
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography William Savidge Georgia
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Tracy Smart South Carolina
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Susan Lovelace South Carolina
The Nature Conservancy Mary Conley South Carolina
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Nick Shay Florida
University of North Carolina Wilmington Lynn Leonard North Carolina
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Nathan Hall North Carolina
University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Dwayne Porter South Carolina
University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences George Voulgaris South Carolina
Upton Environmental, Inc. D/B/A ROFFS™ Matthew Upton Florida
WeatherFlow Jeff Copeland Virginia
Individual Member Representative State
Dialytics Clifford Merz Florida
Emeritus Peter Hamilton North Carolina
Tetra Tech Erin Hague Florida
Affiliate Member Representative State
NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory Molly Baringer Florida
NOAA National Weather Service Wilmington North Carolina Steve Pfaff North Carolina
NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Jennifer Bennett Mintz South Carolina
NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team Geno Olmi South Carolina
U.S. Geological Survey John K. Joiner Georgia

Our members influence and guide all our endeavors to help make us a trusted source for coastal ocean information in the Southeast US.