Committee and Staff Biographies


Jacqueline Michel (Chair) received her Ph.D. in geology from the University of South Carolina in 1980. Currently, she is the President of Research Planning, Inc. She is an expert in oil and chemical response and contingency planning. Dr. Michel has been providing scientific support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hazardous Materials Response Division since 1978. She has served on several NRC committees including the Committee on Oil in the Sea: Inputs, Fates, and Effects, the Committee on Marine Transportation of Heavy Oil, and chaired the Committee on Spills of Emulsified Fuels. Dr. Michel is currently a member of the NRC’s Ocean Studies Board.

E. Eric Adams gained his Ph.D. in Hydrodynamics from Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT) in 1975. He is a Senior Research Engineer and Lecturer for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Dr. Adams is also the Director of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Master of Engineering Program and serves as the Associate Director for Research for the MIT Sea Grant College Program. His research specializes in environmental fluid mechanics, physical and mathematical modeling of pollutant transport and mixing, and hydrologic tracer studies. His articles span topics such as modeling descending carbon dioxide injections in the ocean, as well as the role of slip velocity in controlling the behavior of stratified multi-phase plumes. Dr. Adams is a member of the Massachusetts Bays Circulation and Water Quality

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