Lynker Business Focussed Posts. Announcements about awarded contracts, awards Lynker won, special projects Lynker is doing, etc.

Lynker’s Abigail Powell’s Observation of Deep-Sea Flatfish Spawning Aggregation!

Lynker’s Marine Scientist, Abigail Powell, was part of a team that captured what they think are the first visual observations of a deep-sea flatfish spawning aggregation! The unusual images of petrale sole, a commercially important species, were collected at a rocky bank off California using NOAA’s autonomous underwater vehicle ‘Popoki’. This research was published in “Frontiers in Marine Science”. Check out the full article here:

Lynker Awarded Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife “Climate Impacts on Fish Hatcheries”

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) selected Lynker to provide consulting services to help ODFW understand how changing climate conditions affect Oregon’s fish and fish hatcheries. Through this contract, Lynker will assess modern hatchery technology for the ODFW to reduce their existing carbon footprint. The final product should provide the agency with a plan for carbon-neutral operations and incorporate ODFW’s ongoing implementation of 2020 Climate and Ocean Change Policy.

Lynker Wins NOAA’s NWS WPCIS Award!

The Lynker team is excited to win NOAA’s National Weather Service, Office of Water Prediction, Water Prediction Computing Infrastructure Services (WPCIS) 2.0 contract!  We will be providing Scientific Software Research to Operations, O&M, and Information Technology services.

Lynker Wins Recompete of NOAA CO-OPS Scientific and Technical Support Services!

Lynker is thrilled to have won our recompete of Scientific and Technical Mission Support for NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)!

Our team will be providing Field Support, Engineering and Laboratory Support, and Administrative Support.

DOC NOAA awards $137M NCEP Scientific Support Services task to Lynker!

DOC NOAA awards $137M NCEP Scientific Support Services task to Lynker!

Lynker has been awarded a $136.9M task on NOAA’s ProTech Weather Domain IDIQ to provide scientific support services to the National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)!  This 5-year NCEP Scientific Support Services (SSS) task order starts September 1st, 2022, with work to be performed at NOAA/NWS/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) in College Park, MD.

“Lynker has repeatedly shown how we can successfully assist NOAA from a mission focused service perspective and we intend to demonstrate to the NWS our solid commitment to this job,” Lynker Founder and CEO, Joe Linza said.

Team Lynker members—Lynker, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Axiom Consultants, Inc. (Axiom)—comprise an expert technical team with significant current and past science and technology and research and development experience in NCEP SSS Performance Work Statement work areas, having performed them to support NOAA, NASA, and Department of Defense contracts. Supporting these customers, we have significant experience developing advanced scientific computing applications, including forecast models, data assimilation, and high-performance computing.

About Lynker

For more than 14 years as a trusted and established NOAA prime science partner, Lynker has demonstrated advanced capabilities, in-depth mission knowledge, and directly applicable experience required to deliver outstanding support services to EMC. With our geographically dispersed workforce of over 400 employees across the country, we are one of the largest and most diverse contractors on the ProTech Weather, Oceans, and Fisheries contracts. Our headquarters is in Leesburg, VA.



Lynker’s Abigail Powell’s Rare Sponge Reef Discovery!

Lynker’s Marine Scientist, Abigail Powell, was part of a research team that made a recent discovery of a possible rare sponge reef found near the Channel Islands off the California coast. She recently presented the results of an autonomous underwater vehicle survey at this site at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022 which was subsequently featured in “New Scientist.” These vast mounds of mostly dead sponges stretch for hundreds of metres and are unlike anything the team has found before in the area! Check out the full article here:


Lynker is Now an Employee-Owned Company!

Our company founder, owner, and CEO, Joe Linza, recently initiated a momentous corporate governance change and made Lynker an employee-owned company! Lynker has instituted an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). This is exciting news for our employees and clients as this change benefits the growth and stability of Lynker long term. As the company grows, our employees earn value in that growth. This shows commitment to our customers and their missions and the employees supporting that mission.

What hasn’t changed? Our leadership, culture, values and way of doing business that makes us successful. Our commitment to “global environmental sustainment and economic prosperity for governments, communities and companies” continues to drive Lynker.

Publication Authored by Two Lynkerites, Dr. Erica Towle and Dr. Mary Allen!

Lynker is excited to share the latest publication authored by Dr.Erica Towle and Dr. Mary Allen in Frontiers in Marine Science titled “A National Status Report on United States Coral Reefs Based on 2012–2018 Data From National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Program.”  This 6-year-plus project documents the technical aspects of how scores were calculated for the previously released NCRMP status reports for Congress and the public. Many extensive analyses went into the making of this report.  Great job team!

Check out the publication here:

Photo Credit: NOAA CRCP

Lynker Wins PIFSC Bottomfish Survey!

Lynker is thrilled to win our recompete of NOAA’s Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Bottomfish Survey Support contract! We will continue to provide local fishing vessels and personnel to conduct standardized hook‐and‐line fishing activities and drop‐camera deployments as part of the Bottomfish Survey in sampling stations surrounding the main eight Hawaiian Islands.

As Lynker and Pacific Islands Fisheries Group are connected to our communities, we came up with an innovation to deliver the fish sampled and not needed by NOAA PIFSC to local charities where they are processed in certified kitchens and given to those in need…making a huge difference in their lives.


“Mountain Rain or Snow” Seeks Citizen Scientists and Winter Storm Reports

During the winter, a few degrees can make all the difference between digging your car out of a
snowbank and rushing rivers overtopping their banks. Why? Winter storms at near-freezing
temperatures have notoriously fickle precipitation, with mixes of rain and snow. While the air
temperature difference between the two may be slight, the real-world consequences can be

What’s more, the computer models we use to predict weather and streamflow often struggle to
predict whether rain or snow will fall when temperatures are right around 32°F. Satellites don’t
do much better. What this means is that scientists need your help!

With NASA funding, a team from Lynker, the Desert Research Institute, and the University of
Nevada, Reno are launching a citizen science project where volunteers like you can submit
observations of rain, snow, and mixed precipitation via your smartphone, laptop, desktop, tablet,
or any other device with a browser. We call it Mountain Rain or Snow and you can report from
your backcountry adventures, winter drives (as long as you’re the passenger!), and even the
comfort of your own home. Every observation is valuable!

As we grow the community of Mountain Rain or Snow volunteers, we will be better able to
analyze patterns of rain and snow to improve satellite monitoring and model predictions. This
info can then bring about better weather forecasts, more detailed knowledge of skiing
conditions, improved avalanche risk assessments, and more robust understanding of the water
stored in mountain snowpacks.

This winter we’re focusing our efforts on the following mountain regions. If you’re in one of these
areas, text the region-specific keyword to the number provided. You’ll then get a link to the
Mountain Rain or Snow web app and you’ll receive notifications of incoming winter storms in
your area. You can opt out at any time.

The Appalachians and Adirondacks of New England and New York
○ Text NorEaster to 855-909-0798
The Cascades, Coast Range, and Klamath Mountains of Oregon
○ Text OregonRainOrSnow to 855-909-0798
The Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada
○ Text WINTER to 855-909-0798
The Rocky Mountains of Colorado
○ Text CORainSnow to 855-909-0798

If you don’t happen to find yourself in one of the above areas, don’t fret! We welcome
observations from wherever you are. Anyone can submit an observation at any time via and you can check out our website for more information. For Mountain
Rain or Snow questions, you can contact the project lead, Dr. Keith Jennings, at

Lynker delivers innovative solutions to support global environmental sustainability and
economic prosperity as a trusted partner to governments, communities, research institutions,
and industry. We are passionate about what we do and the high value we provide to water
resources management, hydrologic science, and conservation across the US and beyond. For
more information, please visit

The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in basic and applied
environmental research. Committed to scientific excellence and integrity, DRI faculty, students
who work alongside them, and staff have developed scientific knowledge and innovative
technologies in research projects around the globe. Since 1959, DRI’s research has advanced
scientific knowledge on topics ranging from humans’ impact on the environment to the
environment’s impact on humans. DRI’s impactful science and inspiring solutions support
Nevada’s diverse economy, provide science-based educational opportunities, and inform
policymakers, business leaders, and community members. With campuses in Las Vegas and
Reno, DRI serves as the non-profit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
For more information, please visit

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public research university that is committed to the
promise of a future powered by knowledge. Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the
University serves 21,000 students. The University is a comprehensive, doctoral university,
classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of
Institutions of Higher Education. Additionally, it has attained the prestigious “Carnegie Engaged”
classification, reflecting its student and institutional impact on civic engagement and service,
fostered by extensive community and statewide collaborations. More than $800 million in
advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is
home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains
a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of
Nevada, Reno Extension, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development
Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher
Education. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success and outreach
benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the
state and around the world. For more information, visit

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