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Meet the DAC members

Each member of the Diversity Advisory Committee volunteers their time to participate in diversity and inclusion efforts in Woods Hole.

—Hauke Kite-Powell, DAC Chair

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)


Matthew Person

Technical Services Coordinator

Matthew is a librarian at the MBLWHOI Library, where he manages the electronic resources collections. He serves on the MBL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is the MBL Liaison to the WHOI International Committee, and he administers the MBL English language volunteer tutoring program.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA-NMFS-NEFSC)


Larry Alade

Research Fisheries Biologist

Larry Alade is a research fisheries biologist and one of the task leads with the Population Dynamics Branch at the Woods Hole laboratory.  He joined the branch in 2008 and his primary duties in fish stock assessment.  Prior, he was involved in the Northeast cooperative research program with focus on fish movement and spatial dynamics of fish population.  Since joining the population dynamics, he is also been involved with the Northeast Academic Program in advisory capacity and mentored several students.  He is involved in international work with ICES and serves as the US representative on the Advisory committee.

His research interests include fisheries science and resource management, population modeling of fisheries resource and spatial population dynamics and movement.  Prior to the start of his career at the NEFSC, Larry was a NOAA graduate scholar while earning his graduate degree in Marine Estuary and Environmental Science with focus in Fisheries Science and Management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


George Liles

Director, Academic Programs

George Liles has a BA in English with and Anthropology minor (Western Michigan University, 1970), a Masters in Education (Temple University, 1980), and a Masters of Fine Arts: Creative Writing (Western Michigan University, 1985).

George began building intern programs in the NEFSC's Woods Hole Science Aquarium in 2002, and in 2007 he became the WHSA Curator. He has worked on various NEFSC academic programs including Bradford E. Brown Internship, Partnership Education Program, and WHSA student programs.



Kwanza Johnson

Coordinator, Academic Programs


Sea Education Association (SEA)


Mark Long

Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships; Associate Professor of History and Social Science


United States Geological Survey (USGS)


William Waite

Research Geophysicist

Bill Waite has spent his career being thrilled, confused, inspired and exasperated by gas hydrates – an educational relationship he began as a Stanford post-doc before shifting to the U.S. Geological Survey in 1999. Bill works primarily as a laboratory and field experimentalist, and has been a member of the DAC since the late 2000s. Over that span of time, it has been abundantly clear that gas hydrates research has advanced as rapidly as it has specifically because researchers from around the world have been willing to share ideas, bringing their unique perspectives to bear in a collaborative fashion. The gas hydrate research field is stronger for being diverse, and Bill is a member of the DAC because he feels that diversity concept holds true across the range of human activities and should be cultivated.


Alfredo Aretxabaleta

Alfredo Aretxabaleta


Alfredo is an oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center studying the processes controlling water level and sediment transport in coastal environments. He has a B.S. degree in Marine Sciences (1998) from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC, Spain) and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences (Physical Oceanography) from UNC Chapel Hill (2005). Previously, Alfredo worked at UNC, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (AOPE), and at the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar - CSIC in Barcelona, Spain.


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)


Hauke Kite-Powell

Research Specialist

Hauke Kite-Powell grew up in northern Germany and moved to Florida with his family in the 1970s, where he learned to dive and sail.  He first came to Woods Hole as a summer student in 1985, and joined the Marine Policy Center at WHOI full-time in 1992.  Dr. Kite-Powell has taught graduate courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently teaches undergraduate courses at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Hauke is currently the chair of the DAC



Mike Mazzotta

Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellow

Mike Mazzotta is the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Fellow in the Saito Laboratory at WHOI, researching the influence of trace metal geochemistry on the bioinorganic chemistry of marine microbes. Passionate about environmental bioinorganic chemistry, Mike began at WHOI in 2018 after completing his PhD at Purdue University, marrying his research interests in inorganic chemistry and environmental science. Mike is active with the group, Gays, Lesbians and Others in Woods Hole (GLOW) and is passionate about advocating for GSM inclusion within the community.



Kayleah Griffen

Engineer, Acoustic Communications

Kayleah Griffen has been working as an Engineer at WHOI since 2018. She is passionate about helping to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at WHOI and in beyond. She predominately volunteers her time working on events to engage with the Woods Hole science community and Upper Cape community to help to inspire others to create positive change. She also works to use the energy from the community to advocate for structural change within the science institutions.


Woodwell Climate Research Center (Formerly Woods Hole Research Center)


Kathleen Savage

Research Associate

Kathleen is currently working in the Center’s carbon cycling program. She obtained a B.Sc. degree and an M.Sc. degree in Geography at York University and McGill University, respectively. Her thesis work examined the exchange of carbon dioxide and methane in boreal forest soils. Following her graduate studies, she has worked in northern Manitoba examining net ecosystem exchange in boreal wetlands.


Sue Natali

Associate Scientist

Dr. Natali’s research examines the response of terrestrial ecosystems to a changing environment, with an emphasis on feedbacks to carbon cycling from northern high latitude systems. While a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida, she worked on permafrost ecosystems, establishing a large-scale warming experiment in interior Alaska. That project tests hypotheses about feedbacks to the global carbon cycle as a result of warming air and soil temperatures and thawing permafrost. More recently, she established a tundra drying experiment to examine interactive effects of permafrost thaw and changes in soil moisture on ecosystem carbon exchange.


Lindsay Scott

Research Assistant III

Lindsay is a research assistant and laboratory manager at the Woodwell Climate Research Center. She has been a part of the DAC since January 2019, and is also a member of Woodwell's Diversity and Inclusion committee. She is most interested in issues of racial diversity and finding ways to challenge and question the status quo and identifying and dissolving the barriers to entry into our scientific community.


Outstanding Community Members

Ambrose Jearld Jr., with the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in the background. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Shelley Dawicki, NEFSC

Ambrose Jearld

Retired, Director of Academic Programs & PEP


After earning a Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Jearld taught biology at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and zoology at Howard University in Washington, DC before moving to Falmouth, Massachusetts in 1978 as a fisheries biologist at the Woods Hole Laboratory of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.  He conducted and published research, and served as an administrator and manager, holding positions as chief of fishery biology investigations and chief of research planning, evaluation, and coordination. As Director of Academic Programs he was involved in numerous educational outreach activities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Jearld is a charter member and former chair of the Woods Hole Black History Month Committee, and first chair of the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee. He also served as Director of the Partnership Education Program (PEP), from its inception in 2009 until he retired in 2016.



Onjalé (Onji) Scott Price

Chief Operating Officer, Mizar Imaging

Acting PEP Director, 2020

PEP Coordinator, 2011-2015

Even though her background is in engineering, Onji has always had a love for the oceans, environmental science and supporting underrepresented students in those (and other STEM) fields. Onji came to Woods Hole as PEP Coordinator in 2011 and loved being able to pursue all her passions at once, so she kept coming back every summer until 2015.

Now, at Mizar Imaging (office/lab at MBL), Onji is responsible for the daily management and operations of a startup company.  She is very thankful to have a team that supports her participation in the DAC as they also focus on creating a more diverse and inclusive environment within their own company.