Jim Potemra

Ocean Sciences

Secretary Physical Oceanography


Faculty, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

AGU embraces the global community and welcomes diverse leaders from around the world, representing various identities, voices, and perspectives. List any identities, voices, and perspectives you would bring, including but not limited to nationality, regional representations, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and any other identity you feel comfortable sharing.

My position is at the University of Hawai‘i, and most of my work involves Pacific Island communities. This includes both the U.S.-affiliated territories but also the international island nations.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

I have served on several different advisory and panel committees involving ocean and climate issues. Most recent examples include the OceanObs19 organizing committee and the Pacific Climate Change Monitoring (PCCM) workshop.


As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members to help implement AGU’s strategic plan including its mission and vision?

As secretary I would try and make myself available as much as needed in order to support the president. Presumably this would mostly center around the annual meeting(s), but as a faculty member I could also help promote the AGU through the broader university network. My recent work involves colleagues throughout the Pacific, including the western continental U.S. and Asia, and perhaps this is a regional focus that I could help support.

Section affiliations:

Ocean Sciences