Dr. Mark Abbott

Mark R. Abbott is Dean and Professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He received his B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, in 1978. He has been at OSU since 1988 and has been Dean of the College since 2001. He is an Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has implemented an aggressive hiring plan for assistant professors that was developed by COAS faculty. Under his guidance, the College has developed a new strategic plan, and it has embarked on an ambitious program for the design and construction of an Expedition Support Center and an Earth System Science Center.

Dr. Abbott's research focuses on the interaction of biological and physical processes in the upper ocean and relies on both remote sensing and field observations. Dr. Abbott is a pioneer in the use of satellite ocean color data to study coupled physical/biological processes. He advocated the inclusion of chlorophyll fluorescence bands in MODIS (the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on EOS Terra) and developed next-generation ocean primary productivity algorithms that used chlorophyll fluorescence data to estimate the physiological health of upper ocean phytoplankton. As part of a NASA Earth Observing System interdisciplinary science team, Dr. Abbott led an effort to link remotely-sensed data of the Southern Ocean with coupled ocean circulation/ecosystem models. His field research included the first deployment of an array of bio-optical moorings in the Southern Ocean as part of the U.S. Joint Global Ocean Flux Study. He deployed bio-optical drifters in both the California Current and in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current to study the impacts of mesoscale ocean circulation on ocean primary productivity.

Dr. Abbott is an adjunct professor in computer science at OSU, and he has advised six Master's students in computer science. These students have worked on advanced data mining and data base techniques as applied to issues facing the Earth Observing System. He has also advised the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation on ocean information infrastructure. He has hosted a series of workshops for NASA, bringing leaders in computer science from industry and academia together with Earth scientists. He recently convened an NSF workshop on trends in information technology and their application to ocean sciences

Dr. Abbott chaired the Committee on Earth Studies (CES) for the National Academy of Sciences. While chair of CES he oversaw the production of 3 reports on the National Polar-orbiting Operation Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), including one focusing climate data services in support of NPOESS. He was a member of the NRC Committee on NASA/NOAA Transition from Research to Operations. He also co-chairs NOAA's Climate Working Group, and he is presently chair of the Coastal Ocean Applications and Science Team for NOAA. He was chairman of the U.S. Joint Global Flux Study Science Steering Committee. He chairs the Board of Governors for the Consortium for Ocean Research and Education and is a member of the Board of Governors for Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc. He is also a member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Council.