New Scientific Support Coordinator/Regional Preparedness Coordinator in New England
March 8, 2021 — Effective March 1, William (Willie) Whitmore is the new Northeast Region Scientific Support Coordinator/Regional Preparedness Coordinator (SSC/RPC). Willie covers planning and response to spills from the Canadian border to New York, and supports USCG District One and USCG Sectors Northern New England, Boston, Southeast New England, Long Island, and New York.
In addition to the traditional SSC roles, Willie will also support disaster planning for OR&R and National Ocean Service in the Northeast.
Willie worked with OR&R earlier in his career as an NOAA Corps officer. From 2003-2006 he was the Assistant SSC in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he responded to several significant spills and emergencies including Hurricane Katrina. After his time with the NOAA Corps, Willie attended the University of Rhode Island where he received his PhD in Marine Affairs. He has spent the past 11 years at NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office where he took on several different roles including Fisheries Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the Deputy Regional Administrator. He provided assistance to OR&R during the Deepwater Horizon well blowout and served as the primary emergency response contact for NOAA fisheries in the Northeast region. Willie's office will be in Gloucester, Massachusetts, at the NMFS regional office.
For further information, contact Doug.Helton@noaa.gov.