Project Office

Project Office Roles

  • Coordinate workshops, PI meetings, short courses, working groups, and synthesis activities
  • Contribute to relevant U.S. and international science planning initiatives
  • Serve as central information hub for its network - websites, Twitter, the Ocean Carbon Exchange, monthly eNewsletter
  • Develop and disseminate education and outreach activities and products
  • Train the next generation of ocean scientists and engage early career scientists in OCB activities


Staff Members


Heather Benway, Executive Officer

With two graduate degrees in oceanography, Heather's research has focused on nutrient cycling and paleoceanography, both highly interdisciplinary areas involving the complex interplay between marine ecosystems and biogeochemistry. She also has federal agency program management experience and a broader interest in scientific planning and policy, which is why she joined the OCB Project Office in 2007 upon completing postdoctoral research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Mai Maheigan, Community Engagement Manager

Mai ("May") studied coral reef ecology for her graduate work then pursued her interest in communication strategy and science writing at the NOAA Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and two marine conservation nonprofits before joining the OCB project office in 2016. She manages the websites, social media, eNewsletter, YouTube channel, and supports small group workshops, trainings, and workshop activities.


Mary Zawoysky, Administrative Associate

Mary graduated from Carlow College in Pittsburgh, PA with a double major in art and business management, and has taken many science courses afterwards which led her to a research assistant position at WHOI with Jean Whelan. She was then recruited to the administrative position with the U.S. JGOFS office and now works half-time for the OCB office. Mary is responsible for logistics for meeting planning, some web site responsibilities, accounting and anything else that comes up in support of OCB.