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Seth Dresser

Seth's primary responsibility is to design and facilitate the development of systems to enable the ingestion, storage, analysis, and dissemination of scientific data. Seth joined GMRI in January of 2013 as a Front End Developer. In this role, he was responsible for designing and implementing intuitive user experiences for the Ocean Data Products group’s diverse project portfolio.

Riley Young Morse

Riley Young Morse has been with GMRI since the merger with GoMOOS in November 2009. Riley manages the Ocean Data Products group and also serves as an individual contributor to the team as project manager and UI designer.

Nancy Martz

Nancy Martz joined GMRI in September 2012. She has been full-time with the Research Team since January 2014, where she provides grants administration and related research administration services.

Kathy Mills


Dr. Katherine Mills is a research scientist at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Kathy has studied ecosystem change and fish-ecosystem relationships in the Gulf of Maine and Northeast U.S. Shelf regions for over a decade. She uses statistical analysis and modeling to understand (1) how physical and ecosystem conditions are changing; (2) how these changes affect fish populations, biological communities, and marine fisheries; and (3) how fisheries and fishing communities can effectively respond. 

Jeffrey Runge


Jeff came to GMRI in 2006 in joint appointment as a faculty member in the University of Maine's School of Marine Sciences and Research Scientist at GMRI. For fifteen years he worked for Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, at the Institut Maurice Lamontagne in Mont-Joli, Quebec, where he headed a research section studying secondary production and fisheries recruitment processes in coastal waters of eastern Canada. Jeff is interested in the linkages between climate, ocean ecosystem productivity and recruitment into the fisheries.

Ian Ogilvie

Ian comes to GMRI by way of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS) where he supports existing products and services as well as implementing new standards-based interoperable projects. With GoMOOS and GMRI merging, exciting opportunities abound. Much of his work involves applying technology, mostly software, in enabling others to become more productive and focus on their areas of expertise. His most current project involves creating an EPA Exchange Network Data Exchange for the Northeast Regional Ocean Data Partnership.

Hillary Scannell


Hillary Scannell is a graduate student at the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and began working at GMRI in 2013. Hillary is using statistical models to explain how ocean-atmosphere variability influences the frequency and probability of ocean heat waves. Her broad research interests are in climate variability and large-scale physical oceanography. She works in collaboration with the Ecosystem Modeling Lab under the advisement of Dr. Andrew Pershing.

Graham Sherwood


Graham's research focuses on the intersections between food web ecology, fish bioenergetics and fisheries ecology. He is particularly interested in how variations in prey availability and prey type/size can lead to variations in fish energetics, production and/or recovery capacity (e.g., growth, condition and fecundity) in a wide range of commercially exploited fishes (e.g., Atlantic cod, haddock, monkfish and Atlantic herring).

Eric Bridger


Eric has been a Senior Software Engineer at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute since November 2009. Prior to joining GMRI, Eric worked for 7 years for the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS) which merged with GMRI in 2009. He has worked for years promoting and implementing Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards for sharing of ocean observations and model data in an interoperable and open way leading to the development of an integrated ocean observing system in the United States and the world (IOOS, GEOSS).

Curt Brown

Curt joined GMRI in June of 2006 as an industry technician. He grew up in Maine as a lobsterman and continues lobstering today. He comes to us with undergraduate degrees in history and biology and recently completed two Masters degrees at the University of Maines School of Marine Sciences. Curt is currently working on a project looking at codfish health and abundance on Cashes Ledge, an offshore ledge 70 miles from Portland that is closed to fishing and is also starting work on a project looking at juvenile lobster mortality throughout the Gulf of Maine.


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