Staff & Contributors


Peter Neill

Peter Neill, Director, World Ocean ObservatoryPeter is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory and serves as host of World Ocean Radio, a weekly podcast about the health of the ocean. In 2016 he received an appointment with the Climate Change Institute and represents the W2O as a Research Associate; he previously served 20 years as President of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York; is co-founder of The Sound School and The Harbor School; and has dedicated his career to marine affairs. His most recent book, The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society, is available wherever books are sold. He lives in downeast Maine with his partner Mary.

Trisha Badger

Trisha serves as the Managing Director for the World Ocean Observatory. She is the Associate Editor of both the World Ocean Observer and World Ocean Journal, is producer of World Ocean Radio, and is responsible for maintaining, expanding and marketing the programs and special projects of the W2O. Trish majored in 19th century English Literature and Creative Writing at CUNY Hunter College in New York City, and brings years of maritime and experiential education administrative experience, board administration and relations, and design experience to the W20. Prior to the W2O she served for many years as Director of Communications for the Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional wooden boat building, in Rockland, Maine. In her spare time she enjoys freelance graphic design, web development, cooking, baking, gardening, paddleboarding, and anything else that gets her outdoors with friends and dogs. She lives in midcoast Maine with her husband Kevin, a wooden boat builder.




Bjorn Grigholm, PhD

Platform and Educational Developer

Jose Picas Do Vale | World Ocean Radio PortugueseBjorn serves as content and platform developer for the World Ocean Observatory, creating an educational gaming experience (World Ocean  Explorer) for students ages 10 and beyond. Bjorn is a research assistant professor at the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, focusing on reconstructing past climate and environmental variability from ice core records stored in glaciers from around the world. As such, he actively works to introduce climate science and share climate data with the public in an approachable way via educational websites, applications, brochures, blogging, animations and short films. His interests also include resilience and vulnerability assessments, working with organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists (USC), to help inform national-to-local scale climate adaptation and mitigation policy. 


John Smith

Web Developer, Technical Advisor

John is proprietor of Whitelancer Web Development. He serves as World Ocean Observatory's Technical Advisor and Webmaster. John has been a programmer since the age of 14, and continues to expand his knowledge after having graduated with a degree in computer science in 2002. After working as the sole web developer at a local magazine company for many years, John was ready for more. In 2007, he transformed Whitelancer Web Development into a full-time business.