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June 29, 2021

SECOORA December Meeting

Join us for an in-person meeting on December 2-3, 2021 hosted in St. Petersburg, FL. The meeting will focus on harmful algal blooms, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and SECOORA programmatic updates.

This meeting will also be held virtually, please register if you plan to attend virtually or in-person.

Do not miss the chance to network with coastal ocean scientists from around the Southeast.

Meeting Sponsor

When: December 2-3, 2021

Where: Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront (333 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)

Register: Click here to register for the virtual session on December 2. We have reached capacity for the in person sessions. Email if you have any questions.

Room Block

Email Abbey Wakely at if you need a hotel.

COVID-19 Precautions

SECOORA will be following CDC and local guidelines for COVID-19. We encourage all attendees to be vaccinated, wear masks, and socially distance. The room will be classroom set up with one or two people per six foot table. The lunch and social will be held outside.  SECOORA will be placing masks and hand sanitizer at each table.

Meeting Outline (download PDF of agenda)

Thursday, December 2, 2021
Times are subject to change and all events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

Location: Grand Bay Ballroom South at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront  (333 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)

Click here to register for the virtual session on December 2.

8:30 – 9:00 AM SECOORA meeting Registration and Coffee (provided)
9:00 – 9:15 AM


  • Michael Crosby, SECOORA Chair, Mote Marine Laboratory
9:15 – 9:55 AM

US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Updates

  • Josie Quintrell, IOOS Association
  • Carl Gouldman, US IOOS
9:55 – 10:10 AM


  • Debra Hernandez, SECOORA
10:10 – 10:20 AM

Introduction of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) Panels

  • Laura Korman, SECOORA
10:20 – 10:30 AM

Coffee Break (provided)

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Welcome by Mayor Rick Kriseman

10:45 – 11:45 AM

HAB Panel – Multi-Regional Priorities

  • Barb Kirkpatrick, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
  • Gerhard Kuska, Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System
  • Julio Morrell, Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (virtual)
  • Debra Hernandez, Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association
11:45 – 12:45 PM

HAB Panel – Expert Perspectives on Southeast HABs

  • Quay Dortch, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (virtual)
  • Kate Hubbard, FWC Florida Wildlife Research Institute
  • Astrid Schnetzer, North Carolina State University
  • Joaquin Tinanes, NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (virtual)
12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch (provided)
Location: Mahaffey Theater Parking Lot 400 1st St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Map from Hotel:
2:00 – 2:10 PM

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Session Overview

  • Debra Hernandez, SECOORA
  • Bryan Dewsbury, Florida International University (Moderator)
2:10 – 3:10 PM

DEI Panel – Individual Perspectives in Ocean Sciences

  • Jasmin Graham, Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Rolando Omar Santos Corujo, Florida International University (virtual)
  • Makeda Okolo, NOAA Office for Coastal Management (virtual)
3:10 – 4:10 PM

DEI Panel – Ocean Science Programs Focused on DEI

  • IOOS DEI Fellowship – Josie Quintrell, IOOS Association
  • Mote’s Marine Science Laboratory Alliance Center of Excellence (MarSci-LACE) – Aly Busse, Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Sea Grant Perspectives – Mona Behl, Georgia Sea Grant (virtual)
  • CERF Rising TIDES & SEAS Islands Alliance Project – Susan Park, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (virtual)
4:10 – 4:30 PM

DEI Open Discussion to Advance SECOORA DEI Efforts

4:30 – 5:00 PM

Adjourn Meeting

  • Michael Crosby, SECOORA Chair, Mote Marine Laboratory
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

SECOORA Social (appetizers provided)
Location: The Big Catch at Salt Creek (1500 2nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)
Map from hotel:

Friday, December 3, 2021

Board Meeting (email if you plan on attending)

8:00 – 8:15 AM Walk to Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge
Location: Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge (Albert Whitted Airport, 2nd floor, 540 1st St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)
Map from Hotel:
8:15 – 8:45 AM

Welcome and Breakfast (provided)

  • Michael Crosby, SECOORA Chair
  • Introductions / Roll Call
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Minutes Approval July 6, 2021
  • Location and Date for 2021 May Annual Meeting
8:45 – 9:00 AM

Treasurer Report

  • Jim Murley, SECOORA Treasurer
9:00 – 9:10 AM

SECOORA Committees 

  • Debra Hernandez, SECOORA
9:10 – 10:10 AM

Roundtable: Regional Association Directors Priorities for the Next 5 Years
Moderator: Debra Hernandez, SECOORA

  • Jorge Brenner, GCOOS
  • Gerhard Kuska, MARACOOS
  • Debra Hernandez, SECOORA
10:10 – 10:20 AM Break
  Board Meeting Continued (closed session)
10:20 – 11:20 AM

Confirm Next Steps

  • Cross Regional Association Collaborations
  • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
11:20 – 11:50 AM

IOOS Proposal – Tier 2 Priorities

  • Jennifer Dorton, SECOORA
11:50 – 12:00 PM

Adjourn Meeting

  • Michael Crosby, SECOORA Chair

Meeting Materials

SOCAN Workshop 

Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network (SOCAN) is hosting a free virtual workshop on December 1. The workshop will address the intersection of ocean acidification social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities in the Southeast. Email if you are interested in attending. 

To register to attend the SOCAN Workshop, please fill out the registration form here.