Eddie Bernard, Ph.D.
Director, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Dr. Eddie Bernard has served as Director of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, one of NOAA's Oceanographic Research Laboratories, since 1983. He directs a broad range of oceanographic research programs including ocean climate dynamics, fisheries oceanography, El Niño forecasts, tsunamis, and seafloor spreading.
Under his leadership, PMEL has contributed the following to society:
Dr. Bernard joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1970 as a research oceanographer. From 1973 to 1977, Dr. Bernard developed numerical models to study the dynamics of tsunamis at the Joint Tsunami Research Effort in Honolulu. One model was transferred to the USSR during the US/USSR bilateral effort on tsunami warnings in the Pacific. From 1977 to 1980, Dr. Bernard served as director of the National Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu where he applied computer technology in automating much of the warning operations.
Prior to his service with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Bernard served as an exploration geophysicist for a major oil company.
As a noted oceanographer and expert on tsunamis, Dr. Bernard has edited three books and published over 70 scientific papers, articles, and reports. He is past Chairman of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a joint Federal/State effort (1997-2004) and past-chairman of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics' Tsunami Commission (1987-1995). He is a member of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program Steering Group, the American Geophysical Union, and the Oceanographic Society. His university affiliations include membership on the administrative boards of the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (University of Hawaii); the Joint Institute for Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (University of Washington; the Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research (University of Alaska); Advisory Board for the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Remote Sensing (Oregon State University); and the Joint Institute for Marine Observations (University of California, San Diego, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography). Dr. Bernard is an Affiliate Professor , University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences. He is a member of the Washington Sea Grant Steering Committee and an advisor for the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the College of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.
Dr. Bernard has produced a scientific movie on tsunami research and has been featured in over 20 television specials on tsunamis, including the National Geographic Society Special on tsunamis. He is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma and is listed in American Men and Women in Science, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He has received numerous honors and awards for outstanding performance in NOAA--including the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2004 and 2005, and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 1993 and again in 2002. In 1984 he was honored as a recipient of Esquire Magazine's Best of the New Generation Award.
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