Andrea Copping is the research lead for ocean energy development for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Copping’s projects focus on environmental effects from the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy installations, and the role that these effects play in technology development and project initiation across the nation. Using risk-based approaches, the research team lead by Dr. Copping integrates laboratory, field and modeling measurements into a coherent body of evidence to support siting and permitting decisions. Andrea leads international projects on environmental effects of marine energy development (Annex IV) and on offshore wind (WREN) that shares environmental effects information in order to benefit from progress made around the world. Dr. Copping holds a faculty position in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, is Associate Editor of the Coastal Management Journal and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Marine Energy.
Although trained as a blue water biological oceanographer, Andrea has spent most of her professional career examining the interactions of humans and the marine environment.