Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Meet the Staff

Staff members may be contacted by writing:
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah GA 31411
calling (912) 598-2345 or faxing (912) 598-2367.

Staff direct phone numbers and e-mail addresses are included below:

Stan Rogers,
Superintendent,; 912.598.2428

Stan Rogers

Stan comes to Gray's Reef from NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) where he most recently supervised policy, planning and evaluation, data management, and communications activities for the NOAA Restoration Center in the Office of Habitat Conservation. Previously, he served as a senior consultation biologist for NMFS Office of Protected Resources leading national programmatic consultations with the U.S. Navy and other DoD training and testing activities worldwide, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protect Act.

Prior to joining NOAA in 2011, Stan spent 15 years with the Department of Defense as a resources and conservation law enforcement program manager for the U.S. Air Force responsible for military installation conservation programs around the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawai'i. There he also administered U.S. Air Force environmental programs in overseas locations including Greenland, Ascension Island, and Antigua. After obtaining a B.S. in Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Biology from Clemson University in South Carolina, he spent a few years as consulting wildlife biologist across the Carolinas and Georgia working with private and corporate landowners to conserve and sustainably manage their natural resources.

Elliott Lam,
State Program Manager; 912.598.2439

Elliott Lam

Elliott Lam serves as the State Program Manager. He joined the GRNMS team in 2018. Elliott has experience in establishing, training and directing both community and government led coastal management groups in incorporating scientifically sound, ecosystem-based fisheries management into their current management system. He also developed and established coastal management policy and community management teams. Previously Elliott worked for Rare Philippines, an international NGO, where he established marine protected area sites and implemented ecosystem based, sustainable fishing in local communities. His interest in marine resources began during his youth while fishing along the South Atlantic and diving in the Florida Keys. Elliott, building on his passion for the coast, began his career in marine management as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where he worked on various coastal and fisheries restoration projects, sustainable policy implementation, and community development.

Michelle Riley,
Communications and Public Outreach Coordinator; 912.598.2417

Michelle Riley

Michelle Riley joined Gray's Reef in 2015 and serves as the Communications and Public Outreach Coordinator. She has been recognized at NOAA as a National Ocean Service Team Member of the Year and as the recipient of the National Marine Sanctuary System's Sea to Shining Sea Award for Excellence. Michelle worked in the international humanitarian sector for almost 20 years, serving as external affairs director for the Lifeline Energy Foundation and as a communications officer for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at The Carter Center. A native of Galveston County, Texas, Michelle graduated from Pepperdine University in California and has lived in Savannah since 2003.

Kim Roberson,
Research Coordinator; 912.598.2382

Kim Roberson

Kimberly Roberson is the Research Coordinator for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. She began working with NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science's (NCCOS) Biogeography Branch in 2005 and joined the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in 2016. Kim received her Bachelors of Science degree from Berry College in Rome, GA and her Master of Science degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where she conducted research on leatherback sea turtles, using genetics to explore connectivity between nesting populations and pelagic individuals. Prior to NOAA, Kim worked with the National Park Service in St. Croix, USVI, conducting research and implementing conservation measures on endangered and threatened species. She uses diving as a tool for research and has been a NOAA certified diver since 2005, a NOAA Divemaster since 2006 and served as the National Ocean Service Diving Officer for three years and Chair of the NOAA Diving Control and Safety Board for two years. Her early NOAA work had her diving, conducting fish counts and assessing the potential Research Area boundaries of Gray's Reef. Kim is originally from Tennessee and developed a love for the ocean during family vacations to the coast. She enjoys spending time outside, running, swimming, playing and exploring with her husband and two young sons.

Cristin Archer,
Georgia Sea Grant Fellow; 912.598.2431

Cristin Archer

Cristin Archer is a Georgia Sea Grant Fellow serving at Grayís Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS). Her primary responsibilities are assisting in implementing a comprehensive research plan that includes living resources, habitat, oceanographic monitoring and other relevant information; assisting in identifying areas outside of GRNMS that sustain resources within sanctuary boundaries; working aboard sanctuary research vessels, assisting on deck, and helping with field data acquisition; and expanding the GRNMS in-house dive team.

Cristin obtained a bachelorís degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Allegheny College. She currently is a masterís student at Savannah State University, working on her thesis analyzing the factors influencing the Human-Interaction Behaviors of Common Bottlenose Dolphins over the last 10 years. Cristin originally is from the Bahamas and is working toward her dive instructor certification. Her past research experiences in marine science include studying common bottlenose dolphin stock boundaries at Savannah State University, Atlantic Croaker as an indicator species for the Chesapeake Bay at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the overwintering of horseshoe crabs at the University of Delaware, and the susceptibility of larval axolotls to chytrid fungus at Allegheny College.

Alison Soss,
Geospatial Data Analyst ; 912.598.2431

Alison Soss

Alison Soss has joined GRNMS as a Geospatial Data Analyst. Currently, she is a masters candidate at the College of Charleston, obtaining two separate degrees in Environmental Science and Public Administration with a focus on Fisheries Management. In 2014, Alison obtained two bachelor degrees from Emory University in Biology and Environmental Science. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked with both NOAA (at Gray's Reef NMS) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as a Research Program Specialist, Scientific Diver and Social Scientist. As a geospatial analyst, she supports the soundscape monitoring efforts at GRNMS. In this role, she curates and provides the sanctuary with GIS datasets and maps to support the relevant project goals, assists with the maintenance and data retrieval of the acoustic telemetry and hydrophone array, and investigates the movement of tagged black sea bass throughout the sanctuary.

LTJG Justin Miyano,
Vessel Operations Coordinator ; 912.598.2432

LTJG Justin Miyano

LTJG Justin Miyano joined Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary as the Vessel Operations Coordinator in 2019. He coordinates small boat operations with the vessel captain, and supports dive operations for the Sanctuary as a NOAA Divemaster. LTJG Miyano's last assignment was aboard the NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow in Newport, RI, concluding his tour as Navigator. On the Bigelow, LTJG Miyano sailed as far north as Bay of Fundy, Canada, and as far south as Tongue of the Ocean, The Bahamas. Before joining the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, he worked for The University of Hawaii Marine Center, supporting shore-side operations for their research vessels. He completed a bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. LTJG Miyano was born and raised in Japan, and is fluent in Japanese. His passion lie in everything health, fitness, and outdoors. Oh, and canines.

Benjamin Prueitt,
Outreach & Social Media Coordinator ; 912.598.2434

Benjamin Prueitt

Ben Prueitt joined the Gray's Reef team in 2019 as Outreach and Social Media coordinator. His experience in communicating science began with marine education programs for teens in his home waters around Tampa Bay in Florida. Since, Ben developed media products for the New York-Pennsylvania Professional Baseball League, and monitored long-term changes on reefs and in the Florida Keys NMS and Dry Tortugas National Park with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission's Corals Program. Most recently, Ben managed the communications and marketing for an oil spill research consortium at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy from USF St. Petersburg, and volunteers his time as a team member with taste of science where he helps plan public speaking events for local scientists.

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