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Introducing United States ECOP Node

The United States (U.S.) Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) node is designed to address key requirements identified by U.S. ECOPs within the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade).


Engaging diverse ECOPs in the US around ocean sustainability

The mission of the U.S. ECOP node is to engage diverse ECOPs, listen to and identify their needs and empower them to become future leaders through knowledge exchange and training opportunities.  The node will enable ECOPs to share information, generate ideas, and create relationships that are critical for the long-term success of ocean science, technology, and sustainability; whilst promoting diverse and equitable engagement of underrepresented groups by creating a space of inclusivity.


Specifically, the objectives of the U.S. ECOP include: 

  • Facilitate Entry & Engagement with the UN Decade of Ocean Science
  • Enhance Collaboration & Partnerships
  • Foster an Ocean Sustainability Workforce

Why engage in the US ECOP node?

  • Access to our slack channel to connect with other early career ocean professionals around the country to enhance your disciplinary and interdisciplinary career path

  • Take part in social events with ECOPs

  • Learn about relevant conferences, events, and job opportunities

  • Being involved gives you more exposure to relevant topics in marine science, policy, and management


US ECOP node development

The current U.S. ECOP node is being developed by a volunteer steering committee, and we are continuing to look for champions to broaden the community.  Ideally, we would like ECOP members to be able to take on additional responsibilities over time, with rotations in leadership that give a wide array of ECOPs the opportunity to engage while ensuring sustainability and diversity throughout the Ocean Decade.


Sign up below to become engaged with the US ECOP community today!

Right now, the US ECOP node is a distributed community that can share opportunities and information via a slack channel.

ECOP US initial steering committee

Annie Brett

Assistant Professor, University of Florida Levin College of Law; Early Career Liaison to the US National Committee for the Ocean Decade

Alessandra Burgos

Faculty, Oregon State University, Project Manager, Cascadia CoPes Hub,

Angee Doerr

Assistant Professor of Practice, Oregon State University; Marine Resources Extension Agent, Oregon Sea Grant; Early Career Liaison, U.S. Ocean Decade

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Celina Harris

 MN Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at NOAA Research Front Office working on Domestic Engagement for UNOD

Alyson Fleming

Research Faculty, University of Wisconsin Madison & University of North Carolina Wilmington, Global ECOP programme DEI task team member –

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Hannah Lachance

International Fisheries Science Specialist, Leading Solutions in support of NOAA Fisheries; PICES ECOP Advisory Panel Co-Chair, SUstainability, Predictability and REsilience of Marine Ecosystems (SUPREME) Programme ECOP lead

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Joe Naughton

Program Analyst, NOAA Research International Activities Office

Erin Satterthwaite

Marine Ecologist, California Sea Grant; Global ECOP programme DEI task team co-lead; Sustainability of Marine Ecosystems through global knowledge networks (SmartNet) ECOP lead –

Matthew Savoca

Postdoctoral research fellow and a National Geographic Explorer, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University –

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