CJ Beegle-Krause, Ph.D., Joins ASA as Senior Scientist

NARRAGANSETT, RI – ASA welcomes Dr. CJ Beegle-Krause, Ph.D. to its team of oceanographic experts.  With over 25 years of experience in the physical oceanography field, Dr. Beegle-Krause has spent the last nine years as an oil spill response specialist for NOAA’s Hazmat office in Seattle.

CJ will work from ASA’s new satellite office in Seattle, WA where she will lead ASA projects for the U.S. West Coast region.  Dr. Beegle-Krause will team on opposite U.S. coasts with ASA Principal and Director of Impact Assessment Services, Dr. Deborah French-McCay, to cater to oil and gas industry clients for environmental modeling, decision support and analysis.

Beegle-Krause’s areas of expertise include hydrodynamic modeling, chemical and hydrocarbon trajectory modeling, diagnostic modeling, numerical modeling, sampling experience, and data analysis.  Her employment history spans consulting, corporate, academic, and most recently (1999-2007), for NOAA/NOS/ORR/ERD as a physical oceanographer.  Her latest work was as lead trajectory modeler and 24-hour spill response trajectory analyst and modeler of oil spills, airline disasters, search and rescue, floating items and debris, including support for Department of Defense (U.S. Joint Forces Command and Naval Oceanographic Office).  She was also co-lead on development of the research and development portion of the 2008 Hazmat operating plan and team leader for the GNOME (General NOAA Operational Modeling Environment) development.

“The next generation of models for environmental decision support will better integrate physical oceanography, toxicology and biology both for emergency response and planning.  The chance to work with Debbie, a leading biological oceanographer and modeler, in combination with my own skills in physical oceanographic modeling is a great opportunity to expand our modeling to fully integrate ecological recovery and restoration planning,” Beegle-Krause explains.

Throughout her career, she has accumulated decades of management and shipboard experience.  She also comes to ASA with an exhaustive list of accolades, awards, and special recognition.   She has received awards such as the 2006 Individual – Joint Warfare Analysis Center’s JWAC Challenge Coin for accuracy of the GNOME trajectory model awarded by JWAC Commander Captain David T. Ott, U.S. Navy, a 2004 Department of Homeland Security US Coast Guard Public Service Certificate of Merit to the NOAA Office of Hazardous Materials Response, as well as a host of others from NOAA, U.S. Coast Guard and International agencies.

“CJ brings to ASA an ideal combination of real-world experience and expertise that immediately enhances ASA’s services and software-we are thrilled to have her join us,” announces Eoin Howlett, ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, “I have had the pleasure of working with CJ on the U.S Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) initiative and look forward to the continued expansion of services and software that ASA offers to the ocean observing and modeling community.”

Dr. Beegle-Krause expressed her excitement for her career move, “NOAA HazMat is a place where science really makes a difference during emergency response – you have to answer the questions and provide the information needed to make tough response choices.  I’m now looking forward to also applying science that makes a difference with the ASA team to expand their range of environmental decision support tools. ASA is a global company with diverse capabilities and clients, so what I’ve learned can be transferred to new audience.  Seattle is great combination of environmental awareness and high tech, perfect for a new ASA office.”