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Meet the 2020 PEP Staff

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

Program Co-Director (Summer 2021)

Program Director (year round)

Course Director & Computational Advisor

Senior Advisor

Onjalé (Onji) Scott Price

Onjalé is the 2021 Co-Director, managing the summer program. She is also managing PEP-II.


George Liles

George is the year-round Director of PEP. He likes soccer. A lot.

Ben Harden, PhD

Ben Harden is an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at the Sea Education Association and Onji's favorite Brit.

Ambrose Jearld, Jr., PhD

Co-founder of PEP and former PEP Director. Read more about him here.

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Career Development Coordinator

Deborah Leopo

PEP 2017 Alum

Deborah (Deb) is a 2017 PEP Alum and is excited to join the PEP staff as the Career Development Coordinator.


Program Coordinator

Ayanna Butler

PEP 2020 Alum

Ayanna is a 2021 graduate of Howard University's Civil and Environmental Engineering program and this fall will be attending Columbia University for a PhD in Ecology. She is excited to be back with the program this summer!


Course Assistant

Jailyn Dorsett

PEP 2020 Alum

Environmental Engineering PhD. Student at the University of Southern California

PEP 2021 Calendar


Additional Resources

Career Development Workshops


June 4 - 3:30-4:30 p.m. (EST)

For our first PEP workshop we will be going over netiquette soft skills. We will be discussing the article, The Dos and Don'ts of Business Email Etiquette. Time will be given during the workshop to read the article:
We will spend some time discussing the article and then a presentation will be given with helpful tips for emailing mentors, professors, etc. We will be creating a digital signature as well.


Deb Leopo

Zoom link is posted in Slack



Course Resources
Woods Hole Resources


General Contact

PEP Slack

PEP Coordinator - Ayanna Butler


Computational Support