Spotlight: Shaun Bell

Research Scientist/Engineer - EcoFoci Group

In December of 2013, Shaun joined the Ecosystems and Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (EcoFOCI) research group at the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL).

A die-hard Sooners fan, Shaun grew up in Oklahoma with an in innate interest and fascination with the weather (perhaps as a self-preservation skill first and foremost) where he received a Bachelors Degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and was first introduced to environmental instrumentation and monitoring through his work at the Lake Thunderbird Micronet site. Anxious to see a bit more of the US, Shaun moved to New York and graduated from Stony Brook University in 2006 with a Masters Degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Shaun comes to JISAO and PMEL having spent 6 years supporting the SMARTLabs project at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. A unique project, SMARTLabs supported field deployments near dust and pollution source regions such as Vietnam, China, Nepal, India, and Taiwan (and some slightly less exotic places such as NE Maryland) to study the chemical composition and radiative effects of aerosols.

While working for this project, Shaun gained a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding field experimentation, atmospheric instrumentation and data visualization. It’s likely that you will see Shaun supporting cruises in Alaska (having yet to be on a boat, this should prove to be an interesting experience), providing analysis and visualization for existing and future data sets with EcoFOCI and helping to continue to build upon the legacy of this venerated research group.

Shaun working in labIn addition to his scientific endeavors, Shaun completed a Masters Degree in Teaching and holds a Washington State Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Secondary Science and Math. He’s taught math and physics in various local middle schools and high schools in the Seattle area and plans to continue to participate in informal science education and public outreach.

When not at sea or at his desk, it is likely you will find him playing soccer on one of two local soccer teams, hiking (having just completed the West Highland Way in Scotland), travelling or spending time with his family who have all relocated to the Pacific Northwest.