Dr. Erica Ombres is the grants officer and program manager for the OAP. She manages the OAP’s competitive grant portfolio and also manages the review of all internally funded projects. She works to create partnerships with other line offices and programs within NOAA to enhance OAP’s mission. She earned her Bachelors degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. She went on to receive her MS and PhD in Marine Science at the University of South Florida in 2013. Her Masters thesis focused on using metabolic indicators as proxies for ecological data in multiple different rockfish species. Her dissertation research focused on seasonality and latitudinal gradients in metabolism, physiology, and stable isotopes in the Antarctic krill.