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Paul A. Sandifer

Paul A. Sandifer

Paul A. Sandifer

Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Biography

Dr. Sandifer is the Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator where he provides input regarding the overall NOAA science enterprise, the President’s Ocean Policy Task Force, NOAA’s coastal and marine spatial planning efforts, and development of science policy related to coastal management, aquaculture, oceans and human health, and other areas. Previously, he served as Senior Scientist for Coastal Ecology for NOAA’s National Ocean Service. In that role, his responsibilities included NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative and aspects of ecosystem science, aquaculture, marine animal health, and external partnerships. Dr. Sandifer serves on the US National Committee for the Census of Marine Life, the Working Group of the Ocean Policy Task Force, the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Science, Research, and Medicine, and several advisory boards and is Co-Chair of the Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Blooms, Hypoxia, and Human Health. He was a member of the US Commission on Ocean Policy and served on numerous other boards and committees. He is an Honorary Life Member of the World Aquaculture Society and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Previously, Dr. Sandifer had a 31-year career with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, including service as scientist, marine division director, founder and director of the Waddell Mariculture Center, and agency director. He holds faculty appointments at the College of Charleston, Medical University of SC, and University of SC and has numerous publications in aquaculture, marine science, and ocean policy.