Her three-year term begins with the journal’s May/June 2021 issue.
Gorton was cited by journal management as having “shown consistent interest and commitment as a member of the editorial board.” She has been a member of the editorial board since 2019.
The journal publishes peer-reviewed papers six times a year about marine technology, ocean science, marine policy, and education. As editor, Gorton will review all papers submitted to the journal; help engage additional peer reviewers for papers; coordinate special issue topics and themes; strategize communication and dissemination channels to increase readership, visibility, and industry impact; and author opening forwards for all general issues.
Gorton has been a strong contributor to the journal. Last year, she served as guest editor of a special issue focused on research and development efforts among industry, academia, and national laboratories that can advance marine clean energy.
She will also co-lead another special issue that focuses on buoy technology with colleagues from RD Sea International and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. That issue will be published in March/April 2022.
Beyond her role with the journal, Gorton oversees two lidar offshore wind research buoys for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office. Most recently, the buoys were launched off the northern and central coasts of California for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is gathering wind measurements to support decisions on potential leasing of wind energy sites that will bring a new renewable energy source to the state.
Gorton also serves as the deputy director of PNNL’s Center for the Remediation of Complex Sites, which provides scientific and technical expertise to support environmental remediation and site stewardship decisions nationally and internationally. She is a certified project management professional.