CDR Nicole Cabana

Acting Deputy Director

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CDR Nicole Cabana is a NOAA Corps Officer currently serving as Chief of Staff at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA. She has served in a broad range of operational, staff, and leadership positions during her 19 years of service in the NOAA Corps. She has an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology, a Masters degree in Engineering, and certificates in Geographic Information Systems and Project Management. She is also a dual rated pilot, certified to fly both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Over her career she has served in both marine and aviation operational billets, operating NOAA Ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific, serving as a divemaster, and flying NOAA aircraft on a variety of scientific missions spanning from the equator to the arctic. As the Chief of Staff, she supports the Center Director and Deputy Director, who oversee the five labs and 400+ staff that make up the Center and also serves as a part time pilot of the Twin Otter aircraft used for marine mammal aerial surveys. Nicole is married to Jay Gallagher and has two children.