Dr. Andrea E. Copping joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim in 2006, as a senior researcher. Andrea focuses on marine renewable energy and offshore wind development for Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, on behalf of the US Department of Energy. Using risk-based approaches, Dr. Copping leads a research team that integrates laboratory, field, and modeling measurements into a coherent body of evidence to support siting and permitting decisions. Andrea leads OES-Environmental – an international project on environmental effects of marine energy development that shares environmental effects information to benefit from progress made around the world, under the IEA Ocean Energy Systems. Andrea plays a lead role in marine renewable energy end applications that support Blue Economy development including ocean observations, aquaculture, and providing power to remote communities and islands. Dr. Copping works across several scientific disciplines to determine implications of human stressors on marine resources and ecosystems processes, working with stakeholder groups and resource managers to ensure that the available scientific information is accessible and available.
Dorian (Dori) Overhus is an Offshore Energy Scientist for the Coastal Sciences Division of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, located in Seattle, WA and has been a part of the lab since 2019. Mrs. Overhus has a strong background in environmental science, wildlife conservation, and marine biology. She works across several scientific disciplines to determine implications of human stressors on marine resources and ecosystem processes, and works with stakeholder groups to ensure that the available scientific information is accessible and available, particularly through www.tethys.pnnl.gov. Her recent research has focused on environmental impacts from the development of wave, tidal, offshore and land-based wind, ocean current, and riverine energy installations and the role that these effects could play in the global industry. Additionally, she is working to increase the outreach and engagement with students and professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to increase understanding both within STEM fields and amongst the broader public, as well as to support the industry’s future workforce.