Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
24 Colovos Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Briana Welton has a B.A. in mathematics from Smith College and is pursuing a master’s degree in Earth Science/Ocean Mapping.
She joined the NOAA Commissioned Corps in 2003, after working for a short time as a Research Specialist at the University of Arizona. She started her NOAA career aboard NOAA Ship Rainier surveying the coasts of Washington and Alaska, and continued as Officer-in-Charge of Bay Hydrographer and Team Leader of a Navigation Response Team in the Mid-Atlantic Region, working on projects from Puerto Rico to New York. After a year-long stint as the Mid-Atlantic Navigation Manager at NOAA at Nauticus, representing navigation interests from South Carolina to Delaware, she returned to surveying in Alaska and Washington as Operations Officer aboard NOAA Ship Fairweather. Most recently she was the Operations Officer aboard NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, NOAA’s new SWATH (small waterplane area twin hull) vessel, preparing the ship for and undergoing regulatory inspections and mission equipment testing.
Briana is interested in the value, integrity, and efficiency of hydrographic surveys. She has an aged English Setter named Henry, and likes to swim, read, play games, among other fun things.