Dr. Jan Newton is a Senior Principal Oceanographer with the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, and affiliate faculty with the UW College of the Environment. Jan also is the Executive Director of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems, NANOOS, which is the regional association of U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, IOOS, for the Pacific Northwest. Jan's work through NANOOS seeks to bring knowledge of ocean conditions to stakeholders for their use in decision making in myriad contexts, including safeguarding public economy, health, and safety.
Jan is a biological oceanographer who continues to study multidisciplinary dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington waters, including understanding effects from climate and humans on water properties. An appointee to the Washington Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification (OA) and the West Coast Panel on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia, Jan is now co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at the University of Washington and researching ocean acidification and its effects in local waters with colleagues from NOAA and elsewhere.
Jan works on OA from local to global scales. Locally she works with west coast tribes and shellfish growers, facilitating use of observing technologies, forecast models, and data portals; globally she is a founding Executive Council member of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network, GOA-ON, and works in service to support capacity building and data provision for the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goal 14.3 on marine pH.