Ocean Observing Networks

Ocean Observing Networks


Dr. Gerhard Kuska is the Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS), an association of academic, governmental, and private organizations from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (part of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System) that contributes to better decision-making through the advanced collection and dissemination of ocean and coastal data and information products-including in support of maritime safety and resiliency, water quality, offshore energy, ecological decision support, and coastal inundation.  

Dr. Kuska has served over the past 3 decades in a variety of positions and organizations in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, and continues to serve in advisory board capacities around the world.  He is also a Senior Fellow in Integrated Marine Policy at the University of Delaware, President-Elect of the Coastal Society, a member of the Board and Executive Committee for the IOOS Association, a Member of the Dean's Advisory Council in the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, a Steering Committee Member of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, a U.S. licensed Customhouse Broker, and President and CEO of Ocean Strategies LLC-an ocean management consulting firm that provides strategic advice and services to public, private, academic, and international entities on a broad array of issues. 

From 2008 until 2010, he served as Senior Advisor for the Maritime Strategy to the Government of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and oversaw the successful development of an integrated strategy for their marine and coastal areas, bringing together defense, security, mobility, safety, economic development, and environment and natural resource conservation under a new governance structure.  

From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Kuska served as Associate Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy in the Executive Office of the President, where he advised the President on a broad array of ocean, coastal, and maritime issues, and oversaw the implementation of the President's Ocean Action Plan and several high-profile initiatives, including the largest marine protected area in the world at the time. 

From 2004 to 2006, he worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a Senior Policy Analyst for strategic planning and intra- and inter-agency coordination.  

From 2002 to 2004, he served on the staff of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, where he advised the commissioners on governance issues and contributed to the drafting of the Commission's landmark report. 

Prior to this time, Dr. Kuska worked on ocean and coastal issues for U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and William V. Roth, Jr. (R-Delaware).  He also advised UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and conducted research in academia and environmental services work in the private sector. 

During a decade in the cargo logistics industry, Dr. Kuska served as a senior executive with two global logistics corporations (Panalpina Group and DB Schenker Group), including as Vice President and Deputy Director at the global headquarters in Europe, overseeing marketing and operations in 64 countries.  

Dr. Kuska completed his undergraduate work at the University of Delaware and Augsburg Universitaet (Germany), and received his Ph.D. in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware.  He lives in Lewes, Delaware with his wife and two daughters.

5:45pm reception (with refreshments) followed by the seminar at 6:00 in caputo 210.