Susan White is the executive director for North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute for the University of North Carolina. Both programs provide targeted research, outreach and education projects to address critical coastal, ocean and water resource issues in the state and within the region.
Prior to Sea Grant, White was the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., from 2010. She had provided research vision and organizational management, including strategic planning with the partner agencies and universities. She previously served as deputy director, responsible for budgets and administration, with a focus on accountability and performance measures. The interdisciplinary facility provides science and technology research on coastal ecosystems, with an emphasis on linkages between the condition of coastal environments and human health and well being.
The Hollings Laboratory is a Center of Excellence in Oceans and Human Health, working in partnership with the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Formerly the national research coordinator for NOAA’s Estuarine Reserves Division and National Estuarine Research Reserve System, White is a board member of The Coastal Society. She has served on national and regional steering committees on topics including technology transfer, integrated drought monitoring and early warning, and climate’s connections to health.
White earned a doctorate from the University of Georgia, and graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
John Fear is deputy director of North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina System. He focuses on developing and executing research portfolios for the two interinstitutional programs, and increasing the links among the research, extension and communication sections of both organizations.
Fear worked as research coordinator for the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve program within the N.C. Division of Coastal Management for nine years. In this role he conducted original research and facilitated studies by partners at the 10 sites of the NCCR-NCNERR and their respective watersheds. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute of Marine Sciences.
He has served on the North Carolina Sea Grant Advisory Board and was a member of the steering committees for ocean policy and inner coast studies led by Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center.
Fear currently is on the core management team for the N.C. Sentinel Site Cooperative, a multiagency partnership established as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration effort to provide coastal communities and resource managers with information on potential impacts of sea-level rise on coastal habitats.
A native of New Bern, NC, Fear holds a doctorate in environmental sciences and engineering from UNC-CH's School of Public Health, and a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from UNC-CH. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, family time and tinkering with anything mechanical.
Dr. Genereux is Associate Director for Research in the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) of UNC, and a Professor in the Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at N.C. State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in geology and chemistry from the University of Delaware and graduate degrees (M.S. in civil engineering and Ph.D. in hydrology) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After a post-doc at MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Genereux began his faculty career at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. At FIU he held joint appointments between the Dept. of Geology and two research centers , the Drinking Water Research Center (1992-1997) and the Southeast Environmental Research Center (1997-2000). In 2000 Dr. Genereux came to N.C. State, where he carries out research and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in hydrogeology. His research focuses on the interaction of groundwater and surface water, watershed hydrology, and chemical/isotope hydrology, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army Research Office, and other sources. Since Sept. 2009, he also oversees the WRRI research program. He has been an associate editor for scientific journals (Water Resources Research and the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology), and has served on grant program panels at the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Nicole joined WRRI in October 2010, and serves as the Coordinator for Research and Outreach, where she helps to coordinate the annual grants competition, manages WRRI’s interaction with the Urban Water Consortium and Stormwater Group, and coordinates a variety of workshops and an annual conference, all aimed at increasing the knowledge and research base of our state’s water resources and transferring that research into the hands of practitioners and decision makers.
She attended the University of Miami where she earned her B.S. in Marine Science and Biology. After a stint of international volunteer work, she enrolled at Duke University and earned her Master’s in Coastal Environmental Management. From 2007-2010, she served as the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Georgetown SC, where she delivered training and technical assistance to coastal decision makers to help them make informed, science-based decisions about coastal management.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, cooking new things from the farmer’s market, and being active outdoors, including hiking, biking, camping, and playing volleyball.
Anna graduated with a B.S. in Natural Resources (Marine and Coastal concentration) from NC State University College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in 2005. After college Anna worked with the NC DENR Land Quality Division and the NC Museum of Natural Science before joining WRRI as the Communications and Program Coordinator in October 2007. In her daily job she oversees registration and logistics for all workshops, conferences and seminars hosted by WRRI. She also plays a key role in communications for the institute through maintaining the WRRI website, tracking the annual call for proposals, managing various listservs and designing and distributing the quarterly newsletter.
Outside of work, Anna stays active in the community through volunteer opportunities. In her spare time, she enjoys concerts, traveling, reading and spending time outdoors.
Nancy has worked at NC State University as a part-time employee for 13 years; seven of those were with Electrical and Computer engineering and six years with WRRI. As the workshop assistant she helps organize events with NCDENR and NCWRA. This includes processing registrations and workshop preparation.
When she's not working, she enjoys spending time at the beach, photography, and gardening. She is a Raleigh native, attended Hardbarger Business College and is married with three sons.
As business officer, Mary Beth Barrow manages the budget and oversees technology projects at WRRI. In January of 2011 her position was split between North Carolina Sea Grant and WRRI. Starting in 2009 to present, she is also a Fiscal Officer with North Carolina Sea Grant. From 2005 to 2009, Barrow handled financial and grant-related matters for different departments at North Carolina State University. From 2002-2005, she worked at North Carolina Sea Grant in an administrative position.
Originally from Wake Forest, Barrow graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor of science in political science and a minor in business administration.
Cox provides fiscal, purchasing, project management and contracts support to the Water Resources Research Institute and North Carolina Sea Grant.
Previously, Cox worked at North Carolina State University’s College of Management in the Master of Accounting program. Before that, she was with the Nonwovens Institute in NC State’s College of Textiles.
She holds a master’s degree in business administration from East Carolina University. Cox also received her bachelor’s degree in business administration in decision sciences, with a concentration in management information systems, from ECU.
Rhett Register is a science writer/editor for the Water Resources Research Institute of North Carolina and North Carolina Sea Grant. For WRRI he writes and edits WRRI News, the Institute’s quarterly newsletter. For Sea Grant he writes news briefs, online materials, and articles for Coastwatch magazine.
In 2011, Rhett graduated from Oregon State University with a master’s degree in marine resource management and a focus in science communication. The program gave him a strong background in freshwater and marine science, introduced him to state and federal water policy, and allowed him to work as a science communicator with the Ocean Observatories Initiative and Oregon Sea Grant.
Since graduation, he has worked for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler as a researcher on topics as varied as the American Civil War and marine protected areas.