NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program offers the following experts
to assist the news media in their on-going coverage of the oil tanker disaster
off the Galician coast of Spain. Feel free to contact the source of your
choice directly. If you need additional assistance please contact
the Sea Grant National Media Relations Director Ben Sherman at 202-662-7095
(O), 301-262-5495 (H), Email: email@example.com. Additional marine
and coastal science experts from the universities participating in the
30-state National Sea Grant Program can be found in our on-line experts
guide at www.seagrantnews.org/
OIL SPILLS RESPONSE TECHNOLOGY:
Barbaros Celikkol, Ph.D., New Hampshire Sea Grant, Professor
of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Phone: (603)
862-1940; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: Oil spill response technology; estuarine hydrodynamics and environmental modeling.
OIL SPILL CLEANUP AND REMEDIATION:
Irving A. Mendelssohn, Ph.D., Louisiana Sea Grant, Professor,
Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute, Louisiana State University; Phone: (225)
578-6425; E-mail: email@example.com
Topics: Oil pollution impacts and cleanup in wetlands; bioremediation; phytoremediation.
Ralph Portier, Ph.D., Louisiana Sea Grant, Associate Professor,
Institute for Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University, Phone:
(225) 578-4287; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: Bioremediation; detoxification bioreactor design; aquatic-marine toxicology; marine industrial microbiology; developer of patented microbes that neutralize toxins in both fresh-and saltwater environments. His microbes were used in cleaning up Valdez oil spill in Alaska, several EPA Superfund sites, and oil in Persian Gulf after war with Iraq.
David Kennedy, Director, NOAA's National Ocean Service's Office
of Response and Restoration; Call David Miller Office Phone: (202) 482-0013;
Topics: Overview of dynamics of oil spills and clean-up, environmental impacts.
OIL SPILLS' EFFECTS ON NATURAL HABITAT:
Virginia Lee, Ph.D., Rhode Island Sea Grant, Associate Coastal
Resources Manager, University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center;
Leader, Sea Grant Marine Extension Coastal Managementt Program, Phone:
(401) 874-6490; E-mail: email@example.com
Topics: Nonpoint source pollution; volunteer monitoring; resource policy; hazard mitigation; sustainable communities. Assisted in state response to Moonstone Beach oil spill in 1996.
Nancy N. Rabalais, Ph.D., Louisiana Sea Grant, Associate Professor,
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Phone: (504) 851-2800;
Topics: Effects of oil spills and chemical industries on natural habitats
Ronald S. Tjeerdema, Ph.D., California Sea Grant, Professor of
Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Davis, Dept.of Environmental
Toxicology; Phone: (530) 754-5192; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: Aquatic and environmental toxicology, specifically the fate and effects of pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons, surfactants, and natural toxins in aquatic systems and organisms.
John W. Tunnell, Jr., Ph.D., Texas Sea Grant, Director, Center
for Coastal Studies, Texas A&M University, Phone: (512) 993-2736;
Topics: Oil spill impacts in marine environment; wind tidal ecology; tidal boundary determination
OIL SPILL TRANSPORT MODELING, PREDICTION:
Malcolm Spaulding, Ph.D., Rhode Island Sea Grant, Professor/Dept.
Chair, Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of
Oceanography, Phone: (401) 874-6666; E-mail: email@example.com
Topics: Circulation and pollutant transport modeling; oil spill modeling; computational fluid dynamics. Provides consulting services on spill dynamics. He has developed a number of computer models that predict where oil and other pollutants will end up once they enter a body of water. OILMAP, the commercial version of the oil spill software, has been used to estimate trajectories of oil spills all over the world, including the 1996 Rhode Island Moonstone Beach oil spill.
LEGAL ISSUES, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW:
Kristen A. Fletcher, L.L.M, J.D., Director National Sea Grant
Law Center, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, University of
Mississippi, Phone: (662) 915-7775; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics: Ocean and coastal law; natural resources law; wetlands; marine habitats; Currently undertaking a complete review of coastal and ocean laws and regulations for the President's Commission on Ocean Policy.
Richard J. McLaughlin, L.L.M., J.S.D., Mississippi-Alabama Sea
Grant, Associate Professor, University of Mississippi School of Law, Mississippi-Alabama
Sea Grant Legal Program, Phone: (662) 915-7775; E-mail:
Topics: Ocean coastal law; admiralty; environmental law; international law.
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