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'Challenging the Loop' - MTS Event at Ocean Sciences 2018

Marion, MA: February 12, 2018Woods Hole Group’s Neha Sharma is participating on the expert panel at the "Challenging the Loop" Town Hall Event in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, February 14th from 6:30PM - 7:30PM.

The Town Hall will kick off with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Gulf Research Program unveiling their recommendations and next steps towards improving characterization of the Loop Current System (LCS).

During this presentation The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will be presenting their recommendations and funding initiatives for oceanographic research on the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. Following the keynote presentation by Kelly Oskvig, an expert stakeholder panel, moderated by Dr. Rick Spinrad, former NOAA Chief Scientist, will deliberate on current community understanding and knowledge gaps.

LCS dynamics are fundamental to understanding the Gulf’s complex oceanographic processes: deep Gulf physics, eddy migration, hurricane interactions, and Gulf ecosystem connectivity. Targeted observations and time-series monitoring, combined with new technologies and improved hydrodynamic models, could improve knowledge of the LCS and overall understanding of Gulf of Mexico oceanographic and climatological processes.

The panel will take a hard look at what is needed to accomplish this. The Town Hall will commence with networking reception for those interested in learning about opportunities in the public and private sectors.

MTS Town Hall: Challenging the Loop

Introducing the New Woods Hole Group

Falmouth, MA: January 10, 2018 – Representatives from CLS America, Inc., Horizon Marine, Inc., and The Woods Hole Group Inc. announced the merging of the three companies effective January 1, 2018 resulting in the new company retaining the name The Woods Hole Group, Inc.

CLS America is a leading force in satellite technology while Horizon Marine’s expertise lies in offshore oceanography for the energy industry. The merger with Woods Hole Group provides services including: environmental assessment, fisheries and wildlife satellite tracking, ocean current forecasting, coastal engineering, ocean monitoring systems, habitat restoration and climate change planning projects.

Through its renowned expertise spanning over 30 years of operating satellite systems, CLS America contributes to global efforts in protecting the environment and enhancing security through direct operational support to government, institutions and industries in the environmental field.

Current Woods Hole Group CFO Chris Adomanis commented, “This merger brings together three companies, each with over 30 years of experience, each pioneers in providing cutting edge scientific data vital to our clients that impact the Earth's environment.”

Horizon Marine’s traditional services support the offshore energy industry with the most reliable data-driven metocean forecasting service available. “Vertical integration provides access to new technologies to enhance our EddyWatch, SurveyWatch and RouteWatch client deliverables,” said Horizon’s Matt Cadwallader, who will now serve a company-wide Business Development role.

Traditional Woods Hole Group services related to Applied Ecology, Coastal Sciences and Engineering, and Ocean Measurement Systems remain. The new Woods Hole Group integrates advanced scientific and satellite services for new opportunities in innovation and leadership in the global marine environment.

Woods Hole Group President & CEO Bob Hamilton stated, “We are focused on a seamless transition for our employees, customers and teaming partners. Bringing these companies together allows us to provide a wider range of environmental services to government, fisheries, energy, industry, research and environmental markets.”

Horizon Marine Strengthens Team to Combat Industry Downturn

Houston, Texas, October 11, 2016 – Horizon Marine, Inc. continues to grow and evolve with some recent personnel changes. These changes are part of Horizon’s forward-looking strategy to take on the current industry downturn.

Promotions

Glenn Burnett has been promoted to Offshore Operations Manager. His 9 years of experience as a Marine Technician and EddyWatch Analyst has prepared him for this new role, one in which he will manage drifting buoy production, FAST Eddy survey system deployments, and day-to-day operations of the warehouse.

Glenn’s promotion allows for industry veteran, Chris Riffe, to transition from Offshore Operations Director to Chief Technology Director. Chris has been with Horizon for 10 years and as Chief Technology Director, he is now responsible for identifying new technologies and developing integrated solutions that not only enhance existing services, but have the potential for Horizon Marine to expand into additional markets and new regions.

Team Additions

Heather Zimmerle has joined the EddyWatch team as a Physical Oceanographer. Heather comes to Horizon Marine with a B.S. in Meteorology from Western Illinois University and a M.S. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. While at TAMU, Heather’s academic focus was the hypoxic zone on the Texas-Louisiana Shelf in the northern Gulf of Mexico and her research contributed to the Hypoxia Data Atlas. Heather will contribute to the daily analysis of the Loop Current, Northern Brazil Current and resulting eddies.

Leo Ambrosi has joined the Horizon Marine team as Business Development Specialist. Leo’s 10 years in the oil and gas industry has focused on supporting and coordinating Emergency Response efforts for deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration and production. His experience is from both the operator-side working for ConocoPhillips and Nexen, and the supplier-side as a Senior Project Manager with O’Brien's Response Management. His insight into the Incident Management System will allow for the development of unique solutions for the Emergency Response community. Leo has a Master’s degree in Marine Resources Management from Texas A&M University in Galveston, Texas and a Bachelors degree in Oceanography from the University of West Florida.

“This downturn in our industry is an opportunity for us to shore up our product portfolio and focus on marketing efforts. Our promotions and new team members align with our forward-thinking strategy and will position Horizon Marine for additional growth despite the volatile market conditions we see today,” said Patrice Coholan, President of Horizon Marine.

Neha Sharma's OTC 2016 Paper is Available for Download

June 23, 2016

Neha Sharma's OTC 2016 paper titled: “Loop Current Hyperactivity: Analysis of In Situ Measurements in the Gulf of Mexico” that was presented during the Developments in Metocean Science Technical Session is now availble for download. Many thanks to all those who attended the session.

Horizon Marine's Neha Sharma is presenting at OTC 2016

April 19, 2016

Horizon Marine's VP of Operations, Neha Sharma, will be presenting “Loop Current Hyperactivity: Analysis of In Situ Measurements in the Gulf of Mexico” during the Developments in Metocean Science Technical Session on Tuesday afternoon (May 3, 2:00-4:30pm) in Room 606.

We encourage you to attend and ask lots of questions!