NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Emeritus)
Wayne Esaias received a B.S. from Johns Hopkins University (biological sciences) in 1967 and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University (biological oceanography) in 1972. From 1972 to 1984, he was a a research science at NASA Langley Research Center and later a Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters, before joining Goddard Space Flight Center in 1984. During his career at NASA, he has conducted research on the biological oceanography, with special emphasis on ocean color and chlorophyll concentration. He was a member of the CZCS reprocessing team in the early 1980s, project scientist of SeaWiFS from 1989-1995, and MODIS ocean discipline leader from 1989-1996. He subsequently turned his attention to remote sensing phenology to study the changing abundance and distribution of nectar forage for honey bees and other pollinators.