Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jeremy Werdell is a Research Oceanographer in the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (OEL) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He received his Bachelors of Arts in Biology and in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia in 1996, his Masters of Science in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut in 1998, and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maine in 2014. Dr. Werdell has worked in the OEL Ocean Biology Processing Group since 1999, where he now serves as a senior leader of several tasks. He currently leads the SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS), NASA bio-Optical Marine Algorithm Data set (NOMAD), and in-water bio-optical algorithm development efforts. His research interests extend to the on-orbit calibration of ocean color satellite instruments, the validation of remotely-sensed data products, the collection and analysis of in situ biogeochemical oceanographic measurements, and the assimilation of the above to study how the global ocean and various regional ecosystems are changing with time. When time permits, Dr. Werdell moonlights as a teacher and student mentor. He has led several internationally attended workshops on bio-optical algorithm development and helped instruct undergraduate and graduate-level courses on ocean optics and biology. Dr. Werdell also provides routine technical advice to the OEL Field Support Group, an entity at GSFC with responsibility for participating in oceanographic field campaigns, conducting laboratory experiments, and revising protocol standards for field and laboratory data collection. Dr. Werdell is a member of several domestic and international science teams, including the IOCCG Intercomparison of Retrieval Algorithms for Coastal Waters Working Group, the IOCCG Harmful Algal Bloom Working Group, and the IOCCG Uncertainties in Ocean Colour Remote Sensing Working Group.