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Several Roles with SeaWIFS; Research Scientist, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, NASA GSFC
Dr. Charles McClain received a B.A. degree from William Jewell College and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. As a National Research Council postdoctoral associate, he worked for two years at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C., and then joined NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1978. As a research scientist at NASA/GSFC, he specializes in the processing and interpretation of satellite ocean color data, studying the interactions between physical and biological processes in the oceans. He is presently serving as the SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field of View Sensor) Calibration and Validation Manager, Project Scientist, and Project Manager. He also serves as the Project Manager of the SIMBIOS (Sensor Intercomparison and Merger for Biological and Interdisciplinary Oceanic Studies) Project, which is co-located with the SeaWiFS Project. Finally, he is team leader of an EOS (Earth Observing System) Interdisciplinary Study program focused on the couplings between physical and biological processes including primary production in the tropical oceans.