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

Lynker is a 6X Awardee on Inc 5000 List!

Lynker has made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, for the 6th year in a row!  Congrats to our Team!

Lynker Wins Two NOAA OCM Contracts!

Lynker wins two OCM Technical Support Services contracts! We are excited to be able to continue our support to NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Office for Coastal Management (OCM) providing services including Application and Data Services, IT Infrastructure Support, Management and Administration, Finance, Facilities and Security, Geospatial Support, Social Science, Training, Fellowships, and Communications and Outreach.

Photo Credit: NOAA

Lynker Staff Receive CO-OPS Director’s Awards

We are proud of our Lynker staff who received the CO-OPS Director’s Awards for 2021! These awards are given to superior individuals and teams who demonstrate achievement in advancing CO-OPS strategic goals.

Congratulations to Lynker’s…
•    Edward Davis & Analise Keeney on The HAB (Harmful Algal Bloom) Team for receiving the Team Award for Leadership
•    Julia Engdahl for the Individual Award for Professional Excellence
•    Mojgan Rostaminia, Ph.D. for the Team Award for Scientific & Technical Excellence
•    Nicole Kruz for the Individual Award for Customer Service
•    Mark Hafez, Vuai David, Shaena R., & Max Ivanov, the Chesapeake Instruments Lab members who won the team award for Customer Service
•    Analise Keeney for the Individual Award for Employee Engagement

Jaci Crossman Awarded NMFS Team Member of the Year!

Congratulations to Lynker’s Jacquelyn Crossman for being selected as the NOAA NMFS 2020 Team Member of the Year! Jaci’s exceptional support providing online access to references and developing a digital archive for hundreds of photographs and publications under mandatory work-from-home conditions due to the global pandemic led to this National Marine Fisheries award. Way to go Jaci!

Lynker Wins NOAA MCD Contract

Lynker is thrilled to have won a 5-year contract with NOAA National Ocean Service Marine Chart Division (MCD) called Geographic Information System Software Solutions and Development! Services we’ll be providing include GIS, Web and Cloud Consulting Services, Management, Training, and System Support Activities at the NOAA HQ in Silver Spring, MD.

Photo Credit: NOAA

Nate Murry Awarded Team Member of the Month!

Congratulations to Lynker’s Nathan Murry for receiving NOAA’s Team Member of the Month at the National Ocean Service! Nate has continuously found ways to improve processes like single-handedly developing a VDatum Oceanographic/Geodetic Assessment Tool — a web map that layers copious amounts of data to pinpoint optimal locations for water level observing systems. This tool has significantly improved collection of oceanographic data. Nate also developed a Contaminated Water and Dive Safety web tool that uses datasets from NOAA, EPA, and state monitoring programs to assess localized contamination risks for scuba divers handling NOAA work. Nate has created a suite of software that substantially furthers NOAA’s mission for years to come.

Amy Berman Receives Prestigious Margaret Davidson Award!

Congratulations to Lynker’s Amy Berman for receiving the prestigious Margaret A Davidson Award!

The Margaret Adelia Davidson (MAD) Award recognizes Office for Coastal Management employees that embody and model the values embraced by Margaret Davidson. These values include:

  • Innovation (New Ideas or Approaches and Risk Taking)
  • Extreme Networking and Partnership (Creating New or Unique Connections and Maintaining Existing Ones)
  • Challenging the Norm (Speaking Up for Positive Change; Not Standing on Dogma)
  • Motivating and Mentoring Others
  • Random Acts of Kindness and Caring

Mission Complete! 94,472 Pounds of Debris Removed!

94,472 pounds of marine debris removed! Lynker is proud to be part of the 25-day Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project (PMDP) team’s cleanup mission to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument during the 15th anniversary of the monument. The crew of 12 removed debris from Laysan Island, Lisianski Island, Midway Atoll, French Frigate Shoals and Kure Atoll.  The team removed derelict fishing nets and plastics from approximately 200 acres of shoreline habitat in the northwestern Hawaiian islands.  The crew sailed into Kewalo Basin back on April 21 with a staggering 94,472 lbs of marine debris removed from five island locations within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  Of this total, nearly 80,000 lbs consisted of derelict fishing nets and 15,000 lbs of plastics.  The success of this mission completely surpassed initial goals, exceeding expected debris removal estimates by 25,000 lbs, and making this PMDP’s most successful mission to date.  Way to go team!

The Imua has returned to Honolulu with a heavy load and a happy crew!

Photo Credit:  Andy Carre

A juvenile Hawaiian monk seal rests on top of a pile of ghost nets on the windward shores of Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Photo Credit: Matthew Chauvin

Grant Award Win from NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences Program!

Lynker, along with collaborators from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the University of Nevada, Reno, was recently awarded a grant from NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences program to study the shift from snow to rain in the western United States. The change to greater amounts of rain, a key impact of climate warming, represents an important scientific challenge because rain and snow are notoriously difficult to monitor and model at air temperatures near freezing. To remedy this shortcoming the Lynker team will engage a network of citizen scientists to report rainfall and snowfall with an easy-to-use smartphone app. Lynker scientists will compare these crowdsourced observations to satellite products and model output in order to help advance NASA’s mission of better monitoring the changing hydrosphere.
This project builds on previous Lynker citizen science work with DRI on rain and snow patterns in the Lake Tahoe area of the Sierra Nevada. A peer-reviewed article can be found at the open-access Frontiers in Earth Science journal (https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2021.617594) and a report is posted on the European Geophysical Union’s Cryospheric Sciences blog (https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/cr/2021/02/12/rain-or-snow-answering-the-question-with-citizen-scientists/).
Photo courtesy of Meghan Collins

Lynker Promotes Dr. Chris Hawkins as New VP of Marine, Ocean and Coastal Sciences and Information (MOCSI) Group – West!

Chris Hawkins is newly promoted to lead the Marine, Ocean & Coastal Sciences and Information Group West (MOCSI West).  Chris most recently served as the Executive Director of Lynker’s Sustainable Pacific Program, where he helped establish a tremendous number of partnerships with non-profits and other capacity-challenged organizations to promote sustainable coastal and marine resources. In his new role, Chris will lead MOCSI’s efforts on the West Coast, Alaska and the U.S. Pacific Islands. Lynker has a broad environmental science, management, and technology portfolio supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, other federal and state agencies, and various industry and non-profit partners. Chris has worked in the U.S. Pacific Islands since 2002 and is honored to continue to serve these needs of our coastal communities and Lynker’s great employees.