Dr. Jan Newton is a Principal Oceanographer with the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington and affiliate faculty with the UW School of Oceanography. A biological oceanographer (Ph.D. 1989), her research has focused on a systems view of marine ecosystems (estuarine, coastal, and oceanic), assessing factors such as human and climate forcing on the characteristics and productivity of these systems. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of the Hood Canal Low Dissolved Oxygen Program Integrated Assessment and Modeling Study, a monitoring-modeling research study to cumulatively assess the impacts of human, watershed, ocean, and climate factors on dissolved oxygen in Hood Canal, WA, which have been decreasing over the past decades.
Ocean observing technology has long been a personal interest, due to the intractable nature of understanding processes in dynamic, fluid, diverse environments and the under-sampling of the marine environment in space and time. Dr. Newton is presently the Executive Director for the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), the Pacific Northwest regional association for the US component of the Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing System (IOOS), working towards building better ocean observing infrastructure. Long an advocate of ocean observing sensing capability, she co-chairs the Alliance for Coastal Technologies Stakeholder Council and is involved with several regional and national coastal/estuarine assessment efforts. Not a modeler, but an avid model product user for her research, she is on the Steering Committee of the University of Washington's PRISM (Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model).