rently the president of Applied Marine Sciences and Biomark. Dr. Spies serves as the chief scientist for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. He is also an editor of Marine Environmental Research. Dr. Spies has participated in several NRC functions including the Workshop on Coastal Science and Policy Interactions and the Committee on Exploitation of the Outer Continental Shelf, and contributed the section on oil seeps in the 1985 version of Oil in the Sea.


Dan Walker, (Study Director)

National Academy of Sciences

Dan Walker is a senior program officer at the Ocean Studies Board where he has been since July 1995. Since 1999, Dr. Walker has held a joint appointment as a Guest Investigator at the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Tennessee in 1990. Dr. Walker has directed a number of NRC studies including Clean Coastal Waters: Understanding and Reducing the Effects of Nutrient Pollution (2000), Science for Decisionmaking: Coastal and Marine Geology at the U.S. Geological Survey (1999), Global Ocean Sciences: Toward an Integrated Approach (1998), and The Global Ocean Observing System: Users, Benefits, and Priorities (1997). A former member of both the Kentucky and North Carolina State geologic surveys, Dr. Walker’s interests focus on the value of environmental information for policymaking at local, state, and national levels.

Jennifer Merrill

National Academy of Sciences

Jennifer Merrill has been a program officer at the Ocean Studies Board since March 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Marine and Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory. With grants from NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Hudson River Foundation, she examined the role of upper estuarine marshes in the nutrient budgets of coastal ecosystems. As a NOAA Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Carl Levin, she helped to represent the Great Lakes region through the Great Lakes Task Force, a bipartisan, bicameral regional coalition dedicated to protecting the Great Lakes ecosystem through legislative and appropriations action. At the University of Maryland College Park she co-taught a course in Marine Biology and worked as a project manager at the Maryland Sea Grant office.

John Dandelski

National Academy of Sciences

John Dandelski recently joined the Ocean Studies Board staff as a research associate. Most recently, John worked at NAP as a Web and Database Developer. John received his M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami in December 2001. His research focused on commercial fisheries’ impacts to the benthic communities of Biscayne National Park. John served as the University of Miami Assistant Diving Safety Officer and has worked for the International Oceanographic Foundation, the Center for Marine Conservation, and the Congressional Research Service. John also holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Julie Pulley, Project Assistant

National Academy of Sciences

Julie Pulley has been a project assistant at the Ocean Studies Board since March 2001. She received her B.S. in Biology from Howard University, Washington, D.C. in 1999.

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