photo-4Síðasta Öndvegisfóður vetrarins var haldið 22. maí og var það Blake McBride sem kynnti sig og sína vinnu.

Topic:
Overview of the current U.S. Embassy Science Fellows (ESF) mission on Arctic Affairs as well as a short description of the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global's (ONR Global) Science Support Tools and an update on the renewed Arctic focus

Synopsis:
Commander McBride is currently serving as the Embassy Science Fellow (ESF) at the Reykjavík Academy from April through June 2014.  His fellowship includes working with the Icelandic policy and academic community to identify shared environmental policy priorities between the United States and Iceland with regard to the Arctic, as well as exploring ways to contribute to Inscribing Environmental Memory in the Icelandic Sagas (IEM).

His presentation will cover the mission and priorities of the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG), which works with scientists around the world to improve scientific understanding through international collaboration. This presentation will outline the funding programs ONRG uses to foster collaboration around the world.  It will also give a short overview of the U.S. interest in the changing Arctic by covering recent developments, research focus areas and opportunities for future research.

Speaker Biography:
Commander Blake McBride was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1993 at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He then served as a forecast duty officer at Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, in Monterey California. He later qualified and served as a category "A" hydrographer for the Naval Oceanographic Office where he collected data used in the production of nautical charts. In 2002 he reported aboard the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) where he served as ship's Meteorologist and Legal Officer completing two deployments during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His subsequent tours were as the Executive Officer (XO) of the U.S. National/Naval lce Center in Suitland, Maryland where he directed the analysis and forecasting of sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic; and Director of Staff for the Deployable Joint Task Force at NATO's Southern Headquarters in Naples, Italy.

His most recent tour was as the Arctic Affairs Officer and acting Deputy Director for the Navy's Task Force Climate Change on the staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy (OPNAV N2/N6E) in Washington DC. http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/climate-change/
He currently serves as an Associate Director (AD) of research for Meteorology and Arctic Technologies for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global and recently moved from Tokyo, Japan where he served for 2 years to the ONRG office in Singapore.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Stephen F. Austin State University; a Master of Science degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; a Master of Science degree in Hydrographic Science from the University of Southern Mississippi; and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. CDR McBride is a Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) officer, a Joint Qualified Officer (JQO) and a qualified Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO) and Surface Warfare Officer (SWO).

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