Marc Suddleson

Program Manager
NCCOS Program Office and Headquarters
Competitive Research Program

Suddleson is a senior NCCOS program manager who oversees a research portfolio worth on average $2-3 million per year, developing new ocean sensors and forecasts to detect harmful algal blooms. These projects are successfully demonstrating ways to safeguard our seafood, document changing ocean conditions, and improve timely access to data that supports science-based decisions benefitting coastal management and society. He is currently the program manager of the MERHAB Competitive Research Program and co-manager of the HAB Event Response Program.

Suddleson has worked at NOAA for over 20 years. Since 2002, in his current position, he has promoted the development of new solutions to better manage coastal resources facing increasing threats from harmful algal blooms and other ocean-related phenomena. Suddleson is known for building strong state and regional partnerships between NOAA and other federal laboratories, academic institutions, management agencies, and industry which have led to significant science, technology and management breakthroughs. Suddleson has authored or contributed to both regional and national-scale strategic research plans that guide NCCOS science investments. From 2017-2019 Suddleson served as a member of the Federal Laboratory Consortium Executive Board. He is married with three children and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Suddleson received his Masters in Marine Policy degree from the University of Delaware and his B.S. degree in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami.


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