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Instructor Biographies


NDPTC's cadre of instructors are of the highest caliber, very well-respected in their fields and disciplines. Many have advanced degrees in science, engineering, planning, and architecture, and years of practical experience as leaders within their field of expertise.

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Roy Watlington

A native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Roy A. Watlington is retired from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) after 40 years in higher education as professor of physics and physical oceanography, researcher and administrator. As Principal Investigator of UVI’s Anegada Climate Tracers Study, he researched the exchange of climatic signals in seawater between the Atlantic and the Caribbean. He was a co-founder of the Caribbean Regional Association for the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System and now serves an elected member of its Stakeholders’ Council, as a consultant for outreach in the US Virgin Islands, and as subject matter expert on coastal hazards. Present activities include advancing ocean observing capabilities and promoting their practical use in the Virgin Islands region, advising emergency managers about natural coastal hazards, and promoting regional awareness of such hazards. He has authored refereed papers related to these activities, such as on the charting of Kick-`em-Jenny submarine volcano and on anticipating impacts of a recurrence of an 1867-class tsunami. He is also co-author of Disaster and Disruption in 1867; Hurricane, Earthquake and Tsunami in the Danish West Indies.

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Steve Wood

Steve Wood is retired after 30 years in the fire service rising to a command staff position. Responsible for the command and control of a wide variety of all-risk incidents from initial action incident command to various functions in the Emergency Operation Center. He has extensive experience as a supervisor and manager in fire, rescue, emergency medical systems, emergency management, and special operations (Urban Search & Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Air Operations and Hazardous Materials). A member of the California FIRESCOPE High Rise Working Committee along with various other local state and federal committees and working groups. Steve is a graduate from the Unites States Fire Administration’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program at the National Fire Academy at Emmitsburg, Maryland. Steve has earned a Master’s of Science in Emergency Services Administration – Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies both from California State University at Long Beach – Associates of Arts Degree Business Management from Glendale, California Community College. Steve served as the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Program Manager for the City of Glendale, California, coordinating citywide, county, state and federal response and preplanning for chemical, radiological, nuclear, explosive, or biological terrorism incidents. Development and co-authored the first California Professional Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFF-JAC) – Terrorism Consequence Management Course, in addition to planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating a variety of chemical-biological-nuclear-radiological-explosive response tabletop and functional exercises.