Candidate for President-Elect: Scott Doney

Scott Doney

Ph.D. 1991 (Chemical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, USA); B.A. 1986 (Chemistry, University of California San Diego, USA)

Biographical Information

Scott DoneyFollowing graduate school, I was postdoctoral fellow and later a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research for about a decade. I then moved the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where I spent a decade and a half on the scientific staff. I recently joined the University of Virginia as the first Kington Professor in Environmental Change.

My research spans oceanography, climate and biogeochemistry, with emphasis on the application of numerical models, satellite remote sensing and data analysis to address regional and global-scale questions. Much of my work focuses on how the global carbon cycle and ocean ecology respond to natural and human-driven climate change and ocean acidification. I am involved in large, collaborative modeling efforts such as the Community Earth System Models as well as ocean field programs. Currently I am a participant in two Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) projects, one at Palmer Station, Antarctica and the other at the Virginia Coast Reserve.

I have been active in scientific community service at the national level, serving as the founding chair of the U.S. Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program, a convening lead author for the Oceans and Marine Resources chapter of the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment, member of a number of National Academy of Sciences reports, and a member of both the NSF Geosciences and NSF Environmental Research and Education Advisory Committees. I have contributed to professional societies serving on various committees for both ASLO and AGU, as the secretary of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section of AAAS, and as a council member for The Oceanography Society. I also served two terms as a trustee for the Sea Education Association (SEA).

I was awarded the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union and the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science from the Royal Society of Canada. I am a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership program, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Candidate Statement

I want to serve on the ASLO board to help maintain and enhance the health and relevance of ASLO and the community of students and researchers it supports. My participation in ASLO to date has included attending many ASLO science meetings, especially the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting, writing papers for ASLO journals, developing an ASLO e-lecture on ocean acidification, and serving on an ASLO awards selection subcommittee. I have considerable relevant experience within other professional science societies including the American Geophysical Union, the Oceanography Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. I also helped found the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) program that serves as a model for scientific community engagement.

The broad relevance of ASLO and aquatic science to society is growing rapidly. The world faces a range of environmental challenges, and research is central to the identification of emerging issues and the development of new and effective solutions based on solid science. One priority for ASLO is to continue to be a voice for authoritative and respected information on the aquatic sciences. At its core this requires maintaining the high-quality of the family of ASLO scientific publications in a quickly evolving science publishing landscape. The benefits of open-access publication are widely acknowledged but these need to be balanced with a business model that allows scientific society publications to thrive with access also to authors with more limited resources. I do not claim to know the solution yet but am committed to helping find one.

Scientific knowledge is most useful to society when it is accessible to a wide range of audiences. This requires framing scientific results in a way that can constructively inform decisions. A second priority for ASLO is then to continue to create opportunities for aquatic scientists to engage with policymakers, industry, and the public and to listen to their concerns and the unique knowledge held by stakeholders. ASLO can contribute with more training efforts on science communication and the complexities of how science information is used in public and policy decision making. ASLO also needs to continue to grow and encourage the utilization of digital communication methods.

Finally, the health of ASLO requires continued recruitment and retention of new members while also supporting existing members. The world of research and academia is shifting, and many early career scientists have different expectations for the role and services that should be provided by scientific societies. A third priority for ASLO is to adapt and evolve with time in response to input from its members. The ASLO scientific meetings are a gem of the organization, but there are always opportunities for improving them, for example through virtual participation and greater meeting accessibility. Again, this is area where I don’t have the solutions but want to work with ASLO members to develop and test new approaches.

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