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Roberta Marinelli

(703) 292-4630
W 7231
Office Director


Dr. Roberta Marinelli came to NSF from Oregon State University, where she was the Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.  At OSU, she oversaw major research projects, large facilities, and academic programs that span earth system science and the human dimension.  She also served as the Associate Director for NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies. Prior to her arrival at OSU, Dr. Marinelli was the Executive Director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California (2011-2016), where she oversaw the Wrigley Marine Science Center, and focused on interdisciplinary research programs to advance sustainability. She received her A. B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. from the Marine Science Program at the University of South Carolina. 


Dr. Marinelli has many years of experience at NSF, and within OPP.  She has twice served as a program director, first in Antarctic Biology and Medicine (1997-2000), and subsequently in Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (2005-2011). During her time at NSF, she participated in the development of major ocean programs and cross-directorate initiatives, and advanced international partnerships to enhance Antarctic research capability. She has a robust understanding of NSF’s critical role in creating opportunities for the research community and supporting research infrastructure that enables polar science.