Dr. Kate Moran is currently the director of NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s first regional-scale cabled observatory network.
Dr. Moran formerly served a two-year term as assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC. In her White House role, Moran advised the Obama Administration on the ocean, the Arctic, and global warming. She was seconded to the position from a faculty appointment at the University of Rhode Island where she was a professor of oceanography and associate dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.
Dr. Moran holds degrees in marine science and engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Rhode Island, and Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on marine geotechnics and its application to the study of paleoceanography, tectonics, and seafloor stability. She has authored more than 45 publications.
Kate Moran has led several major oceanographic expeditions, including the first drilling expedition to the Arctic Ocean in 2004. The following year she led the first expedition to find the source of the earthquake that caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. She has also made major contributions to the assessment of hazards in Canada’s offshore regions.