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Affiliation: 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/NMFS
Title: 
Chief
Department: 
Division of Research
Expertise: 
Fisheries (IPCC Chair), Oceans (IPCC Lead Author, former co-chair)

Biography

Dr. Everett comes from a fishing family and worked 31 years in 13 positions in the Federal Government as a researcher, analyst and manager in fisheries and ocean programs. He is President of Ocean Associates, Inc. and is Manager of the UN Atlas of the Oceans for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy. The Atlas is CD-ROM and Internet-based, containing information relevant to sustainable development of the oceans and to the advancement of ocean science. He provides consulting services on oceans and fisheries policy and sustainability, global climate change and impacts at the global and local level on fisheries and on oceans, including adaptation strategies. He testified (US Congress: House Resources) on Climate Change and Fisheries in 2007, and in 2008 on the Ecosystem Role of Forage Fish in the Atlantic. He used the materials he prepared for his climate change testimony on a new site called Climate Change Facts which he hopes will provide unbiased truth about climate change. Examples of his recent work and that of OAI are available at the corporate website. Dr. Everett worked 31 years in 13 positions as a Federal fisheries scientist and manager, including: Senate Commerce Committee (Ocean Policy Study) staff; Staff to NOAA Administrator; NMFS Director of Policy and Planning; Manager of Dolphin/Tuna Research (La Jolla) and Chief of Fisheries Development. For several years he was Deputy/Acting Director of Research and Environmental Information. Until recently he was Chief of the NOAA Fisheries Division of Research, coordinating the NMFS nationwide program in fisheries research, and managing several aspects including nation-wide scientific reporting, program planning and evaluation, and the Scientific Publications Office. He has coordinated fishing gear and sampling equipment development in several positions. He often acted internationally, coordinating and representing NOAA inputs (all facets) over a decade to the Impacts Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in his capacities as: Convening Lead Author for Fisheries; Lead Author for Oceans; Member, Methodology Committee; Co-Chair for Polar Regions; and Co-Chair for Oceans and Coastal Zones. Similarly, he developed the UN Atlas of the Oceans as UN Project Manager while also serving as NOAA's Point of Contact to the Atlas, and a NMFS manager. He also coordinated NOAA inputs as a Member of the OSTP Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences Task Force on Ecosystems. He knows NOAA programs, structure, administrative processes and personnel. He recently prepared an assessment of West Coast Fisheries and Fisheries Management for FAO and a profile of US fisheries for NOAA. Dr. Everett's breadth is demonstrated by prior appointments to many NOAA-wide Boards, such as: NOAA High Performance Computing Council, National Review Panel of the National Undersea Research Program, NOAA Environmental Sciences and Data Information Management Program, Sea Grant Science and Technology Committee, US Interagency El Nino Southern Oscillation Systems Council, NOAA Total Quality Management Board; NOAA Quality Council, NOAA Performance Standards Review Board, and Co-Chair of NOAA, EPA and Coast Guard Committee on ocean dumping. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Ecosystem Indicators of Climate Change. Prior to NOAA, he coordinated launches in the Apollo Program at Cape Kennedy and was a commercial fisherman in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate and Masters from Florida State University focused on systems analysis, natural resources research and management, and on quantitative methods. He is indebted to the vision of his former supervisor, the late Dr. William F. Royce, who as the Director of Resource Research, sent him to school full-time at NMFS expense to pursue the doctoral studies. He also has a Bachelors from the Univ. of Massachusetts in Engineering. His work on ecosystem analysis, climate change, and other fields has been made possible by the abilities he gained to think outside-the-box, integrating many fields of study, thanks to, and as championed by, Dr. Royce.