| Research Oceanographer|
Environmental Research Division
Phone: (831) 648-5337
Fax: (831) 648-8440
- Principle Investigator of West Coast regional node of CoastWatch
- NMFS representative of NOAA’s Ocean color working group
- NMFS representative on the JPSS PGRR (Joint Polar Satellite Systems Proving Ground & Risk Reduction) Executive board
- Member of NOAA’s Ocean Color Product Oversight Panel (OCPOP)
- Member of the User Working Group for JPL’s PO.DDAAC (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center)
- Member of the GEO-CAPE Ocean Science working group
- NMFS representative on the NOAA Education and Scientific Committee (NESC) for the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Science and Technology (CREST)
- Fisheries representative on the scientific/technical committee of the International Ocean Color Coordination Group (IOOCG)
- Member of the NRC’s Committee on Assessing Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations (2011-2012)
My primary research focus has been on understanding the biological and physical processes responsible for the enigmatic summer chlorophyll blooms in the North Pacific, that were first discovered by satellite ocean color data. Recently I have been involved with a project looking at the potential role of biotoxins in the rapid increase of Southern Right Whale calves at the their nursery ground in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina. The analysis of satellite ocean color data deaths is a key component of this study, which also encompasses a wide variety of in situ data including phytoplankton abundance, timing of local shellfish closures, whale mortality records and analysis of biological samples from dead whales. I'm also involved with representing NMFS's satellites needs within NOAA.
- 1997 Ph. D. Oceanography, COAS, Oregon State University
- 1989 B.S. Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
- Villareal, T.A. and C. Wilson. 2014. A comparison of the Pac-X trans-Pacific Wave Glider data and satellite data (MODIS, Aquarius, TRMM and VIIRS). PLosOne, 9(3):e92280. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092280.
- Wilson, C., T.A. Villareal, M.A. Brzezinski, J.W. Krause, and A. Y. Shcherbina. 2013. Chlorophyll bloom development and the subtropical front in the North Pacific. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118(3):1473-1488. doi:10.1002/jgrc.20143.
- Wilson, C.. 2011. Chlorophyll anomalies along the critical latitude at 30°N in the NE Pacific. Geophysical Research Letters, 38:L15603. doi:10.1029/2011GL048210.
- Wilson, C.. 2011. The rocky road from research to operations for satellite ocean-colour data in fishery management. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68(4):677-686. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsq168.
- Wilson, C. and X. Qiu. 2008. Global distribution of summer chlorophyll blooms in the oligotrophic gyres. Progress in Oceanography, 78:107-134. doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2008.05.002.
- Wilson, C.. 2003. Late summer chlorophyll blooms in the oligotrophic North Pacific subtropical gyre. Geophysical Research Letters, 30(18):1942. doi:10.1029/2003GL017770.