Area of Expertise:
The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously deliver data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future. Using cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management ONC enables evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection
Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Moran joined the University of Victoria in September 2011 as a Professor in the Faculty of Science and Director of NEPTUNE Canada. In July 2012, she was promoted to the position of President & CEO, Ocean Networks Canada. Her previous appointment was Professor at the University of Rhode Island with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Oceanography and the Department of Ocean Engineering. She also served as the Graduate School of Oceanography’s Associate Dean, Research and Administration. From 2009 to 2011, Moran was seconded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she served as an Assistant Director and focused on Arctic, polar, ocean, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and climate policy issues. During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Moran was selected to be a member of Secretary of Energy Chu’s eight-member advisory team.
Moran received degrees from the University of Pittsburgh (BS), University of Rhode Island (MS), and Dalhousie University (PhD). She co-led the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’s Arctic Coring Expedition, which was the first deepwater drilling operation in the Arctic Ocean. This expedition successfully recovered the first paleoclimate record from the Arctic Ocean. She also led one of the first offshore expeditions to investigate the seafloor following the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Previously, Moran was a research engineer at Canada’s Bedford Institute of Oceanography where her major research focus areas were the Arctic Ocean and assessing offshore constraints to resource development on the east coast. She also served as the Director of the international Ocean Drilling Program in Washington DC; managed mission-specific drilling platform operations in the North Atlantic and Arctic; designed and developed oceanographic tools; participated in more than 35 offshore expeditions; and has served as Chair and member of national and international science and engineering advisory committees and panels.
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Andrew & Garcia, Helena & Gerrard, Michael & Heesemann, Martin & Hnottavange-Telleen, Ken & Hsu, Emily & Malinverno, Cristina & Moran, Kate & Park, Ah-Hyung & Scherwath, Martin & Slagle, Angela & Stute, Martin & Weathers, Tess & Webb, Romany & White, Signe. (2018). Geological storage of CO 2 in sub-seafloor basalt: the CarbonSAFE pre-feasibility study offshore Washington State and British Columbia. Energy Procedia. 146. 158-165. 10.1016/j.egypro.2018.07.020.
Owens, Dwight & Moran, Kate & Juniper, S & Pirenne, Benoît & Hallonsten, Olof & Matthews, Kathleen. (2016). Facilitymetrics for Big Ocean Science: Towards Improved Measurement of Scientific Impact.
Heesemann, Martin & Insua, Tania & Scherwath, Martin & Juniper, S & Moran, Kate. (2014). Ocean Networks Canada: From Geohazards Research Laboratories to Smart Ocean Systems. Oceanography. 27. 151-153. 10.5670/oceanog.2014.50.
Insua, Tania & Moran, Kate. (2014). Detecting Near-Field Tsunamis off the Coast of British Columbia. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. 95. 10.1002/2014EO370007.
Moran, Kate & Pirenne, Benoît & McLean, Scott & Round, A & Juniper, S & Macdonald, Nikki & Madden, Peter. (2014). Canada’s Cabled Ocean Observatories. 10.4043/25417-MS.
Owens, Dwight & Dewey, Richard & Hoeberechts, Maia & Moran, Kate & Pirenne, Benoît. (2013). Ocean Networks Canada’s ‘Big Data’ Initiative.