Dr. Brandon Sackmann is an oceanographer and biogeochemical modeler with 18 years of experience working for academic and oceanographic research institutions, state environmental agencies, and private clients. He specializes in marine ecology, satellite remote sensing, and ocean optics. Dr. Sackmann has a strong foundation in multivariate and geostatistical analysis, mathematical modeling, machine and deep learning, computer vision, and scientific data programming/visualization. He is currently working to develop a computer-vision system to automatically annotate and identify features of interest in images of sediment collected using Integral’s sediment profile imaging (SPI) system. Dr. Sackmann has also designed, built, and deployed automated, real-time environmental sensor systems to collect water quality data from both fixed locations (e.g., moorings) and moving platforms (e.g., passenger ferries), and has first-hand experience developing comprehensive marine data management systems.
Dr. Sackmann has worked with clients in a variety of sectors, including chemical manufacturing, oil and gas, and renewable energy, to develop statistically robust methods for merging disparate environmental data sets together to conduct investigations across a wide range of time and space scales. He previously served as a technical lead in the development of a number of 3-dimensional hydrodynamic and water quality models of Puget Sound, Washington, and adjacent marine waters. The models focused on nutrient and dissolved oxygen dynamics and were developed, in part, as regulatory tools to support Washington State’s implementation of the Clean Water Act in Puget Sound. The models were developed in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 and are currently being used to describe both the biogeochemistry and water quality of this complex estuarine system, and to make future predictions based on anticipated regional climate change, land use changes, and increased anthropogenic stress over time.
Dr. Sackmann holds a graduate certification in geographic information systems (GIS) from the University of Maine and has received certification as both a GIS Professional (GISP) from the GIS Certification Institute and a Senior Ecologist from the Ecological Society of America. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.