Shelby Walker, Director

Shelby Walker

Shelby Walker joined Oregon Sea Grant in 2014, coming to us from the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research's Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, where she was responsible for NOAA research planning efforts, and served as associate director for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program. Prior to NOAA, she was an associate program director in the National Science Foundation's Ocean Sciences Division, where she helped lead the Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination Program. She holds a PhD in marine science from the College of William and Mary, and is a former Sea Grant Knauss Fellow.

David Hansen, Outreach and Engagement Lead

Dave Hansen has led the Sea Grant Extension program since 2010, and now manages our entire outreach and engagement team, including Extension and communications faculty and our marine education team at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. He came to Oregon Sea Grant from the University of Delaware, where he was an associate professor of soil and environmental quality and Extension Program Leader for the Agriculture and Natural Resources program. Dr. Hansen received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Soil Science and Water Resources and has been involved with regional water quality issues on the east coast since 1999.

Sarah Kolesar, Research and Scholars Program Lead

Sarah Kolesar is the primary contact for researchers working under - or applying for - Sea Grant support, as well as for our graduate and undergraduate Sea Grant Scholars. She joined Sea Grant in 2009 and became our research program specialist the following year; in 2014, she joined the leadership team. A former associate program manager at the Office of Naval Research's Biological oceanography program, Sarah holds a PhD in estuarine ecology from the University of Maryland and spent two years as a visiting professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Melissa Metz, Operations Lead and Fiscal Officer

Melissa Metz joined Oregon Sea Grant in 2012 as our Fiscal Officer, with responsibility for leadership, oversight and management of the program's fiscal operations, oversight of administrative staff, and our online grants management system.. Before coming to Sea Grant, she served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Oregon Consortium, Director of Learning Technologies at Illinois Valley Community College, Director of the Western Illinois Education Consortium at Black Hawk College, and as Transfer Center Grant Manager at Black Hawk College.

Advisory Council

Oregon Sea Grant's citizen Advisory Council helps ensure that research and outreach programs address the needs and priorities of Oregon's ocean and coastal communities, businesses, and policymakers.

Council members are drawn from the private sector, community groups, local government, resource management agencies and others with a stake in Oregon's ocean and coasts. They serve without pay, and meet periodically to help set program priorities, review research proposals and advise the program's leadership. Members and former members of the Advisory Council also act as advocates for Sea Grant under a variety of circumstances.

Current council members are:

  • Dr. Xanthippe Augerot, Corvallis, OR. Executive Director of Marys River Watershed Council.
  • Kirk Beiningen, Milwaukie, OR. Retired, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Anne Berblinger, Portland, OR. Retired, US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration; small farm owner.
  • Dr. Caren Braby, Newport, OR. Manager of the Marine Resources Program at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Ellie Dumdi, Eugene, OR. Past Member, Lane County Board of Commissioners.
  • Peter Huhtala, Astoria, OR. Executive Director of Columbia River Business Alliance.
  • Jay Rasmussen, Toledo, OR. Former Oregon Sea Grant Associate Director and Extension Program Leader.
  • Allan Rumbaugh, Tigard, OR. Retired, General Manager, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay.
  • Dr. Craig Young, Charleston, OR. Professor of Biology, University of Oregon and Director of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.