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!

Corporate Sponsorship

A new program by SECOORA, Corporate Sponsorship is a way to help SECOORA  expand our reach. Benefits of sponsorship include unique opportunities to:

  • influence investments in coastal and ocean observing,
  • build relationships with the coastal ocean observing community,
  • increase your brand’s visibility, and
  • empower students and the public to engage with coastal ocean data.

Learn more about corporate sponsorship 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 Atlantic University – SeaTechManhar DhanakFL4/15/08
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research InstituteLuke McEachronFL1/1/08
Florida Institute of OceanographyJames GareyFL1/31/08
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 InstituteQuinton WhiteFL3/17/08
North Carolina State UniversityRuoying HeNC2/21/08
Upton Environmental, Inc. D/B/A ROFFS™Matthew UptonFL1/2/08
South Carolina Department of Natural ResourcesMarcel ReichertSC3/19/08
South Carolina Sea Grant ConsortiumRick DeVoeSC12/5/07
Skidaway Institute of OceanographyWilliam SavidgeGA1/4/08
South Atlantic Fishery Management CouncilRoger PuglieseSC7/17/07
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
WeatherFlowJeff CopelandVA2/25/08
GeoOpticsConrad C. LautenbacherGA
SurflineKurt KorteCA10/1/15
Fathom ScienceJennifer Warrillow NC 10/26/17
Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie UniversityBrendal TownsendCanada2/22/18

East Carolina University – Coastal Studies Institute

Mike MugliaNC3/14/18

College of Charleston

Paul SandiferSC5/24/2019
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceNick ShayFL12/5/2007
Indian River Lagoon CouncilDuane De FreeseFL9/21/2020

Individual Members

$250 Annually 

Individual MembersOrganizationStateDate Joined
Rick ColeRDSea InternationalFL7/1/11
Clifford MerzDialyticsFL2007
Peter Hamilton NC10/1/17
Lisa AdamsKennesaw State University-Department of Biological and Physical SciencesGA 10/1/16
Scott DuncanNavoceanME6/9/2020

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