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Regina Bergner is program manager in the Environmental Standards Division at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC. She is an environmental scientist and subject matter expert in ballast water, biofouling, pollution control technologies, and MARPOL Annexes IV, V, and VI. Ms. Bergner has represented the United States on delegations to the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) meetings. Previously Ms. Bergner served as the Environmental Advisor for Civil Works Planning in the Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In that capacity she advised on ecosystem restoration, navigation, dredging, beach replenishment, and major infrastructure projects in rivers and harbors. Before joining federal service, Ms. Bergner worked in the private sector for almost 20 years as an environmental consultant to industry and government agencies. Ms. Bergner has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Concentration in Science from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts in British and American Literature from Marquette University. While working full time, she completed all coursework and qualifying exams as a doctoral candidate in Ecosystems Ecology at the University of Louisville, where her dissertation research focused on ecosystem-level processes in large rivers and estuaries.