U.S. Geological Survey
Keith Kvenvolden earned his Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University in 1961 and he has been with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1975 and a senior scientist since 1992. Specializing in organic geochemistry, Dr. Kvenvolden studies natural and man-introduced hydrocarbons in the marine environment, including crude oil, hydrocarbon gases and gas hydrates.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Judith McDowell received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 1974. She is currently a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where her research addresses the physiological effects of pollutants on marine benthic communities. Dr. McDowell has been a member of the Ocean Studies Board and the Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources and has served on numerous committees for the National Research Council. Dr. McDowell also chaired the panel responsible for the 1992 NRC report Assessment of The U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Studies Program: Part II-Ecology.
Research Planning, Inc.
Jacqueline Michel received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in geochemistry in 1980. She is currently with Research Planning, Inc. Dr. Michel is an expert in oil and chemical spill response and contingency planning. She has been the program manager providing scientific support to NOAA’s Hazardous Materials Response and Assessment Division since 1978. She is currently a member of the OSB and the Science Advisory Panel to the President’s Ocean Policy Commission. Dr. Michel has served on several NRC committees including the Spills of Nonfloating Oils and Spills of Emulsified Fuels.
Keith Michel obtained his B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. He has worked at Herbert Engineering Corporation since 1973 and is currently the president. Mr. Michel has experience with risk analysis of maritime activities involving petroleum hydrocarbons, is currently a member of the Marine Board, and has served on several NRC committees including the Committee on Marine Transportation of Heavy Oil.
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
Jonathan Phinney received his Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1995. He is the Executive Director of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography after having been with the Center for Marine Conservation (now The Ocean Conservancy) as the water quality scientist and technical advisor. Dr. Phinney’s research interests include biogeochemistry and in particular the effects of land-based sources of pollutants on coastal ecosystems.
Robert Pond (until October 1, 2000)
United States Coast Guard
Robert Pond received his Masters in Environmental Policy in 1991 from George Washington University. He spent twenty years in the U.S. Coast Guard traveling extensively, concentrating in marine safety and environmental protection, including oil spill contingency planning. He has worked closely with Mobil Oil, the American Petroleum Institute, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Mr. Pond also spent 4 years as an environmental consultant to government and industry for oil transportation related issues. He is currently working as an Environmental Specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Response in Washington, D.C.
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
Dr. Nancy Rabalais received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. She is currently a Professor at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Her research interests include hypoxia, eutrophication, estuarine and benthic ecology, and continental shelf ecosystems. Dr. Rabalais is an AAAS Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and a Past President of the Estuarine Research Federation. She has served on Committee to Review the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, and is currently Chair of the Ocean Studies Board and a delegate for the U.S. National Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research.
Colorado State University
Larry Roesner received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in sanitary engineering in 1969. He has more than twenty years experience in water resources, water quality engineering and management. He served as the chief technical officer for Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (CDM), and national technical director of CDM’s stormwater practice. Dr. Roesner is currently at Colorado State University and continues his association with CDM.
Robert B. Spies
Applied Marine Sciences and Biomark
Dr. Robert B. Spies received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1971. His research addresses the fate and effects of contaminants, especially of petroleum, in the aquatic environment with an emphasis on coastal fish and benthic invertebrate communities. He is cur