Dr. James (Jim) Kendall serves as the Regional Director of BOEM’s Alaska OCS Region. Prior to moving to Alaska, Dr. Kendall served in research management positions in BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico and headquarters offices where he was, as is now, in the forefront of the Bureau’s science-informed decision-making processes. In Alaska, he is an active proponent for the better use of Traditional Knowledge in our decision-making processes and an advocate of the use of ocean exploration to support the stewardship of our OCS resources. Dr. Kendall earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Old Dominion University, a Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A&M University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Marine Biology with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Senior Executive Fellows Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.