National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Tara Clemente

Operations Manager
Staff Affiliation: 
PMEL Division: 
Ocean Climate
PMEL Project: 
Global Tropical Moored Buoy Array

Prior to arriving at PMEL, I was working as the HOT - SCOPE Program Operations Manager for the Hawaii Ocean Time series (HOT) and The Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), two collaborative oceanographic field programs investigating the temporal and spatial variability of the hydrography, chemistry and biology of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.  In addition, I was also the Lab Manager for the Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education’s, C-MORE Hale, a state-of-the-art, LEED platinum facility that supports the comprehensive research the biological and ecological diversity of marine micro-organisms.  To date, I have participated on over ninety, research cruises with the HOT program and dozens of other research cruises between Hawaii, Alaska, California, American Samoa, Rapa Nui and Antarctica, totaling 1500+ days at sea.   I’ve led, planned and organized oceanographic research data collection and have served as Chief Scientist on numerous oceanographic expeditions.  I lived and work in Honolulu, Hawaii for the past 21 years where I received my M.Sc. degree in Biological Oceanography under the guidance of Dr. David M. Karl from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.