Julianna Thomas

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Title: Executive Director, Principal Investigator, Program Manager
Company: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Location: Cardiff by the Sea, California, United States

Julianna Thomas, Principal Investigator, Executive Director, and Program Manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in oceanography.

With nearly 35 years of professional experience, Ms. Thomas has leveraged the skills and expertise gained during this time as a program manager and principal investigator of the coastal data information program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 2001. In addition to her primary roles, she served as director of the organization’s Ocean Observing Initiative and cyber-infrastructure operations from 2012 to 2014, as executive director of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System from 2008 to 2017, and program manager of the Southern California Beach Processes Study of the Pacific Island Ocean Typhoon Program from 2001 to 2011.

Ms. Thomas was inspired to pursue a career in the field from an early age, and she was further encouraged by a four-month sailing trip she took with her husband. She first pursued an education with San Diego State University, earning a Master of Arts in French literature in 1971. She continued her studies with the school, completing postgraduate coursework in mathematics, science, and programming from 1976 to 1995. Also aiding in her professional development, she is a member of the American Geophysical Union.

A respected voice in her areas of interest, Ms. Thomas has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. Currently Co-Chair of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel at the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, she has served on the decadal survey panel of the National Academy of Science and as chair of OceanSITES Data Management. Furthermore, she has served on the steering committees of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Quality Control of Real-Time Data, the Interagency Ocean Observation Commission, and the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Meteorology.

Ms. Thomas attributes much of her success to her mentors, including Dr. Richard Seymour, the founder of the Coastal Data Information Program, and David Castel, the former program manager. She also credits her love of the water, and her vision and ability to be forward-thinking as catalysts for her occupational fortune. She believes that the most rewarding aspect of her job has been seeing success stories from the work she has aided in and in the positive impact she has had on the environment.

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