Dr. Mario Tamburri received a BA from University of California Santa Barbara, MS from University of Alabama and PhD from the University of South Carolina in biology and marine science. He is now a Research Professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and Director two marine innovation programs — the Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) and the Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC). ACT is a component of US IOOS, and funded by NOAA and EPA to foster the development and adoption of effective and reliable sensors and platforms for studying and monitoring ocean, coastal and freshwater environments. Similarly, MERC is a Maryland Department of Transportation and US Maritime Administration initiative that provides test facilities, expertise, information, and decision tools to address key environmental issues facing the international maritime industry and to support Green Ship innovations. Dr. Tamburri has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, technical reports and book chapters and has served on multiple national and international scientific committees, including a National Academies Ocean Studies Board on Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030 and a working group member at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and International Maritime Organization.