Project Scientist, UAS Program, NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Todd Jacobs has been with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in a variety of management and operational positions since 1989. He is currently the Deputy Superintendent for Operations and Administration for the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary and a Project Scientist with the NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program. His area of focus is marine monitoring with UAS in NOAA. This includes biological surveys, oil spills & emergency response, marine debris/lost fishing gear as well as enforcement & surveillance of fisheries and marine protected areas. His operational background includes facilitating and conducting research projects using research vessels, manned submersibles, aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems. He has worked extensively with Department of Defense and civilian federal agencies including US Coast Guard, US Navy, US Air Force, NASA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey and National Park Service. He has been the principal investigator on more than 20 UAS science missions. He has been involved with the NOAA UAS Program since its inception in 2004.