Dr. Paula Fratantoni

Chief, Oceans and Climate Branch

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Dr. Paula Fratantoni is a Research Oceanographer with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole, MA. Prior to joining the NEFSC in 2010, Dr. Fratantoni worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), first hired as a postdoctoral investigator in 1998 after receiving her Ph.D. in meteorology and physical oceanography from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. While at WHOI, Dr. Fratantoni’s research focused predominantly on the inter-connected coastal boundary current system that dominates the shelves and slopes of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and its role in delivering transients of high latitude climate-driven variability to coastal regions along its path.

At the NEFSC, Dr. Fratantoni is the program lead for the shipboard hydrographic monitoring program, overseeing the collection, processing and dissemination of all hydrographic data collected as part of NEFSC surveys a dataset that represents the most comprehensive ongoing, shelf-wide record of hydrographic measurements on the Northeast U.S. shelf. Dr. Fratantoni uses these data to investigate the primary oceanographic influences on the ecology of the Northeast U.S. Shelf, quantifying oceanographic trends and identifying mechanisms driving regional variability.

Dr. Fratantoni is the sole U.S. representative appointed to the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) Working Group on Oceanic Hydrography, serving as an editor of the working group’s annual Report on Ocean Climate. Dr. Fratantoni was recently selected to participate in Class X of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program.