Atlantic Bounty fishing vessel at the dock.

Responsible Offshore Science Alliance Staff

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) is led by Executive Director Lyndie Hice-Dunton, Ph.D. Dr. Hice-Dunton is supported by staff, Mike Pol, Ph.D., Research Director, and Helen Henderson, Administrator.

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Lyndie Hice-Dunton, Ph.D.

Executive Director 

Lyndie is a fisheries scientist with a multidisciplinary background in marine science, environmental policy, and offshore development. She came to the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) with a diverse perspective on the challenges different sectors face and their approaches to science after having worked in academia, state government, non-governmental organizations, and environmental consulting.  Her prior work includes experience conducting field work and managing year-round bottom trawl, beam trawl, and seine surveys for species such as winter flounder, striped bass, and Atlantic sturgeon. Lyndie’s offshore wind efforts have allowed her to work closely with state and federal regulatory agencies, fishing industry representatives, and offshore wind developers to identify the best science-based approaches to improve our understanding of the effects of wind energy development on fisheries and ecosystems. She holds a Doctorate in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University and a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College.

Mike Pol, Ph.D.

Research Director 

Mike is a marine scientist with an extensive record of close collaboration with commercial fishermen on gear-based solutions to bycatch and other fisheries issues. His work on offshore wind has concentrated on regional impacts of multiple projects on fisheries and fishing operations. Prior to joining ROSA, Mike served as Marine Fisheries Biologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for more than 22 years. Mike has a far-reaching network of regional, national, and international partnerships, and a history of leadership and teamwork on various research topics. Mike holds a Doctorate in Marine Science and Technology from the School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; an M.S. in Wildlife Biology (Fisheries) from The University of Montana; and a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.

Helen Henderson

Administrator

Helen has worked for environmental nonprofit organizations in the areas of policy, project, and program management, as well as public outreach, for more than 20 years. She brings decades of experience and knowledge, including a deep understanding of the environmental and science aspects of offshore wind and fishing industries, to ROSA to support business administration.  Helen is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of ROSA and assisting the Executive Director with all administrative functions. She has extensive relationships across nonprofit organizations and federal, state, and local governments throughout the East Coast region. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Helen has resided in New Jersey for the last 30 years.  She has a strong personal connection to the coast and ocean and will never be far from where the map turns blue.