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SECOORA is designed by stakeholders, for stakeholders. Our members influence and guide all our endeavors to help make us a trusted source for coastal ocean information in the southeast. 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. Join today!

Why should I join SECOORA?

Together, SECOORA has the power to create change. Help us observe, understand, and increase awareness of the southeast coastal ocean.


As one of the 11 IOOS 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.


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 in the field.

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

Current Membership

With over 40 members, SECOORA is able to work towards our mission: observe, understand, and increase awareness of our coastal ocean. Thank you members!

Sustaining Members

$3,000 Annually

Representative: Michael Crosby
Location: Florida

Representative: Jim Murley
Location: Florida

Representative: Gary Mitchum
Location: Florida

Institutional Members

$1,000 Annually

Institutional MembersRepresentativeStateDate Joined
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research InstituteLuke McEachronFL1/1/08
Florida Institute of OceanographyMonty GrahamFL1/31/08
Florida Institute of TechnologySteven LazarusFL1/9/08
Florida International University School of Environment, Arts and SocietyJim FourqureanFL7/1/11
Harbor Branch Oceanographic InstituteDennis HanisakFL4/20/08
Jacksonville University Marine Science Research InstituteBryan FranksFL3/17/08
North Carolina State UniversityRuoying HeNC2/21/08
Upton Environmental, Inc. D/B/A ROFFS™Matthew UptonFL1/2/08
South Carolina Department of Natural ResourcesTracy SmartSC3/19/08
South Carolina Sea Grant ConsortiumSusan LovelaceSC12/5/07
Skidaway Institute of OceanographyWilliam SavidgeGA1/4/08
University of FloridaPeter ShengFL4/9/08
University of North Carolina-Chapel HillMichael PiehlerNC1/15/07
University of North Carolina WilmingtonLynn LeonardNC12/5/07
University of South Carolina College of Arts and SciencesRyan RykaczewskiSC3/27/08
University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public HealthDwayne PorterSC9/7/20/11
WeatherFlowJay TitlowVA2/25/08
GeoOpticsConrad C. LautenbacherGA
Fathom ScienceJennifer Warrillow NC 10/26/17
Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie UniversityEvelien VanderKloetCanada2/22/18

East Carolina University – Coastal Studies Institute

Mike MugliaNC3/14/18

College of Charleston

Scott HarrisSC5/24/2019
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceNick ShayFL12/5/2007
Indian River Lagoon CouncilDuane De FreeseFL9/21/2020
The Nature ConservancyMary ConleySC2/10/2021
Coastal Science & Engineering Patrick BarrineauSC2/16/2021
Coastal Carolina UniversityPaul GayesSC4/30/2021
Duke University Marine LabPatrick N. HalpinNC12/1/2007

Individual Members

$250 Annually 

Individual MembersOrganizationStateDate Joined
Rick ColeRDSea InternationalFL7/1/11
Clifford MerzDialyticsFL2007
Peter Hamilton NC10/1/17
Erin HagueTetra TechFL6/27/2022

Affiliate Members

Affiliate MembersRepresentativeStateDate Joined
NOAA Southeast and Caribbean Regional TeamGeno OlmiSC5/10/09
NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological LaboratoryMolly BaringerFL8/2/18
U.S.G.S.John K. JoinerGA7/14/08
NOAA Ocean Acidification ProgramJennifer Bennett MintzSC12/4/13
NOAA National Weather Service Wilmington North CarolinaSteve PfaffNC3/16/2018