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Gulf Research Program Advisory Board Members

The volunteer members of the Gulf Research Program Advisory Board provide intellectual and strategic leadership to the Gulf Research Program and its staff. Members are charged with implementing the Gulf Research Program's strategic vision and helping the program fulfill its mission and long-term goals. They play critical roles in identifying opportunities that will advance program initiatives, conceptualizing and designing program activities, assisting with program outreach, and evaluating program impact.


Dr. Jerry M. Melillo, NAS, Chair
Marine Biological Laboratory

Dr. R. Lynn Arscott, NAE
International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (Retired)

Dr. Diane E. Austin
University of Arizona

Dr. Antonio J. Busalacchi, Jr., NAE
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) 

Dr. Subrahmanyam (Subra) Bulusu
University of South Carolina

Dr. Barbara Entwisle
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

VADM Paul G. Gaffney, NAE
Monmouth University

Dr. William (Monty) Graham
University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Susan Hanson, NAS
Clark University
Dr. Kerstin A. Lehnert
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Dr. A. Michael Macrander
Shell Alaska (Retired)

Ms. Monica J. Mason
TransRe

Ms. Jean May-Brett
Louisiana Department of Education (Retired)

Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Moran
Ocean Networks Canada

Dr. Alonzo L. Plough
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Liesel A. Ritchie
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, NAM
University of Colorado - Denver

Mr. Richard Sears
Independent Consultant and Stanford University


Advisory Board Members' Biographies

Dr. Jerry M. Melillo, NAS, Chair
Marine Biological Laboratory

Dr. Jerry Melillo is a distinguished scientist and director emeritus at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and a professor of biology at Brown University. Dr. Melillo specializes in understanding the impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of ecological systems from local to global scales, using a combination of field studies and simulation modeling. In 1996 and 1997, he served as the Associate Director for Environment in the U.S. President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Melillo has completed terms as the president of the Ecological Society of America and of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), an international environmental assessment body headquartered in Paris. He is a member of the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences (NAS), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is also an honorary professor in the Institute of Geophysical Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Melillo has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, two ecology textbooks and three edited volumes on biogeochemistry. Between 1998 and 2014 he co-led three assessments for the U.S. Global Change Research Program on the impacts of climate change on the United States , 2009 and 2014). (Back to Top)


Dr. R. Lynn Arscott, NAE
International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (Retired)

Dr. Lyndon (Lyn) Arscott, retired in 2001 as the Executive Director of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP), which has offices in London and Brussels and represents the upstream oil and gas industry before international regulatory agencies. Prior to that position, he was employed by the Chevron Corporation where assignments included Corporate General Manager of Health, Environment and Safety and Senior Executive Consultant for Exploration and Production reporting to the chairman of the board. He was a member of the Chevron Corporate Management Committee. During 1962-1964, he was a British Commonwealth scholar studying exploration geophysics in India. Between 1968 and 1986, he held numerous exploration and production management positions for Gulf Oil Co. and Chevron in Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, and California. He was the 1988 president of the International Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), which has a current worldwide membership of more than 100,000. He is an Honorary Member of the SPE and an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). During 2001-2002, he was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the subject of Sustainable Development in the Oil and Gas Industry. He is a member of the U.S. AffiliateMarketIngtools of Engineering and president (2015) of the Earth Resources Engineering Section. Currently residing in Danville, California, where he maintains his interest in environmental issues and helping not-for-profit organizations. He holds a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the University of Nottingham, England. (Back to Top)


Dr. Diane E. Austin
University of Arizona

Dr. Diane Austin is a research professor in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and director of the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. An applied environmental anthropologist, she focuses on community dynamics amid large-scale industrial activity, impact and program assessment, alternative technologies to address environmental and social problems, and community-based, collaborative research. She has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on more than a dozen multiyear, multidisciplinary applied research projects for federal, state, and private entities. She also has served on more than a dozen advisory, planning, and review boards and committees aimed at addressing environmental and social problems. She has developed and maintained long-term, multisectoral partnerships in Native American communities, U.S. and Mexican border communities, and coastal communities along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. She has studied the offshore oil and gas industry in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and its effects on coastal communities in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for more than 20 years. (Back to Top)


Antonio J. Busalacchi, Jr., NAE
University Corporation for Atomospheric Research (UCAR)

Dr. Antonio Busalacchi, president of UCAR since August 2016, has a distinguished career in the geosciences; extensive experience in management of academic, laboratory, and government programs; and a broad knowledge of the community. Prior to his appointment at UCAR, he served as director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and as a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland. After receiving a Ph.D. in oceanography from Florida State University, Dr. Busalacchi began his professional career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has studied tropical ocean circulation, its role in the coupled climate system, and phenomena such as El Niño. His interests include the development and application of numerical models combined with in situ and space-based ocean observations to study the tropical ocean response to surface fluxes of momentum and heat. His research on climate variability and predictability has supported a range of international and national research programs dealing with global change and climate, particularly as affected by the oceans

In 1991, he was appointed chief of NASA’s Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes. In, he was selected as the founding director of ESSIC at the University of Maryland. Dr. Busalacchi has been involved in the activities of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP). From 2008-2014 he chaired the Joint Scientific Committee that oversaw the WCRP. He previously was co-chair of the scientific steering group for its sub-program on Climate Variability and Predictability. Dr. Busalacchi has served extensively on activities of the AffiliateMarketIngtools, including as chair of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, chair of the Climate Research Committee, chair of the Committee on Earth Science and Application: Ensuring the Climate Measurements from NPOESS and GOES-R, and co-chair of the Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change on U.S. Naval Forces. He also has served as a member of the Committee on the Effect of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality and Public Health, Committee on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses, and Committee on the Assessment of NASA’s Earth Science Program. Among his awards and honors, in 1991, Busalacchi was the recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming Award, as one of five outstanding young scientists in the entire Federal Government. In 1995 he was selected as Alumnus of the Year at Florida State University, in 1997 he was the H. Burr Steinbach Visiting Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in 1999 he was awarded the NASA/Goddard Excellence in Outreach Award and the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and was the 2006 AMS Walter Orr Roberts Interdisciplinary Science Lecturer. In 2016, Dr. Busalacchi was elected to the NAE. (Back to Top)


Dr. Subrahmanyam (Subra) Bulusu
University of South Carolina

Dr. Subrahmanyam Bulusu is a professor at the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of South Carolina. Prior to working at the University of South Carolina, he was a postdoctoral associate, Research Associate, and an assistant scholar scientist at the Center for Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) at the Florida State University and a senior research fellow at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, India. Dr. Bulusu received his M.Sc. in Marine Science (Specialization in Physical Oceanography) from Andhra University in India, and his Ph.D. in Satellite/Physical Oceanography from the National Oceanography Center (formerly Southampton Oceanography Center), University of Southampton in England. Dr. Bulusu’s research focuses on Satellite Remote Sensing for studying ocean circulation utilizing both active microwave sensors (altimeters, scatterometers, imagers) and passive optical sensors (ocean color and sea-surface-temperature), as well as combinations of passive/active (radiometer/radar) instruments. He established a state-of-the-art Satellite Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Carolina and the resources within this laboratory allow his research team to perform nationally and internationally recognized research in the application of remote sensing to understand ocean dynamics. Other research interests include ocean response to hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, Indian Ocean monsoon dynamics and circulation, fresh and saltwater transports and budgets, global water cycle, and ocean surface salinity from space. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a physical oceanographer specializing in ocean remote sensing and satellite oceanography. (Back to Top)


Dr. Barbara Entwisle
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Barbara Entwisle is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A social demographer, her research focuses on social, natural, and built environments in relation to a variety of demographic and health outcomes. Dr. Entwisle has made important contributions to the multilevel analysis of fertility; work, gender, and households; social networks and migration; and population-environment interactions. She pioneered the development of and early application of new tools, including methods for estimating multilevel models, integrating social and spatial data, and spatially explicit agent-based modeling approaches. Over her career, she contributed to the design of innovative surveys around the world, including the China Health and Nutrition Survey, the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey, and the Nang Rong (Thailand) Surveys of Social and Demographic Change. Between 2005 and 2013, she was PI of the North Carolina components of the National Children’s Study. She was recently recognized by the AAAS for her pivotal role in the design of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). Dr. Entwisle has played leadership roles in advisory panels for the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, NSF, and NIH and has engaged in policy discussions of the future of social and behavioral research. She previously served as vice chancellor for research at UNC—Chapel Hill (2010-2016) and prior to that, as Director of the Carolina Population Center (2002-2010). She now chairs the Board of Directors of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, the accrediting body for IRB’s. Her research contributions have been recognized by her election as President of the Sociological Research Association (2015), President of the Population Association of America (2007), and Fellow of the AAAS (2003). (Back to Top)


VADM Paul G. Gaffney, NAE
Monmouth University

Paul Gaffney is a retired Navy Vice Admiral and President Emeritus of Monmouth University; having served as president from 2003 to 2013. He was president of the National Defense University from to 2003. Prior to assuming those duties, Admiral Gaffney was the chief of naval research with responsibility for Department of the Navy’s science and technology investment. He commanded the Navy’s Meteorology and Oceanography program with headquarters in Bay St. Louis, MS. He was the commanding officer of the Naval Research Laboratory. He was appointed to the U.S. Ocean Policy Commission in July 2001, and served during its full tenure from 2001 to 2004. His distinguished naval career spanned over three decades including duty at sea, overseas, and ashore in executive and six command positions. Admiral Gaffney was assigned to duties in Japan, Vietnam, Spain, and Indonesia. He is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Upon graduation, he was selected for immediate graduate education and received a master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from Catholic University of America where he is honored on its Engineering “Wall of Fame." He attended the Naval War College, graduating with highest distinction. He completed an M.B.A. at Jacksonville University. The University of South Carolina, Jacksonville University, and Catholic University have awarded him honorary doctorates. He has been recognized with a number of military decorations and the Naval War College’s J. William Middendorf Prize for Strategic Research. Admiral Gaffney is a member of the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Engineering. He chaired the federal Ocean Research/Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP) and was the initial chair of the Federal Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). He is a Counselor to the Dean of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina and a fellow in the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University and a director of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. In 2017-2018 he chaired two AffiliateMarketIngtools’ studies: a NAS Transportation Research board study on domestic transportation of energy fluids and the Gulf Research Program study on the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. (Back to Top)


Dr. William (Monty) Graham
University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Monty Graham is the director of the School of Ocean Science & Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), where he is also a professor of marine science. Previous to this, he was the chair of USM’s Marine Science Department at Stennis Space Center. He served a senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama before moving to USM. Dr. Graham is a biological oceanographer with a specialization in gelatinous plankton. Though his interest in ‘jellies’ is broad, ranging from physiology of individuals to global patterns of populations, his primary research explores the causes and consequences of jellyfish variability in heavily fished ecosystems. Dr. Graham serves as a board representative and is the past chair of the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and is a member representative for Southeastern Universities Research Association and the Northern Gulf Institute. Dr. Graham also participated as university president’s representative on Governor’s GoCoast0. He received his undergraduate degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His master’s degree and doctorate were granted from the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz. His post-doctoral work was conducted at UC Santa Barbara. (Back to Top)


Dr. Susan Hanson, NAS
Clark University

Dr. Susan Hanson is Distinguished University Professor Emerita and former director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University (1973). Before going to graduate school, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya (1964-66). She is an urban geographer with interests in gender and economy, transportation, local labor markets, and sustainability. Her research has examined the relationship between the urban built environment and people’s everyday mobility within cities, including questions of access to opportunity and how gender affects access. Her most recent project focuses on understanding how gender, geographic opportunity structures, and geographic rootedness shape entrepreneurship in cities. Professor Hanson has edited four geography journals—Urban Geography, Economic Geography, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and The Professional Geographer—and has been the geography editor for the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first and second editions. She currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals including PNAS. Dr. Hanson is a past president of the Association of American Geographers. Her current activities include serving as division chair of the Transportation Research Board (one of the seven divisions of the AffiliateMarketIngtools), as a member of the Council of the NAS and of the AffiliateMarketIngtools’ standing committee for re-engineering the 0 US Census, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the AffiliateMarketIngtools’ Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. She was elected to the NAS in. (Back to Top)


Dr. Kerstin A. Lehnert
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Dr. Kerstin Lehnert is Doherty Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the NSF-funded data facility IEDA (Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance). Kerstin holds a PhD in Petrology from the University of Freiburg in Germany. Over the past 15 years, her work has mostly centered on the development of community-driven data infrastructures for the solid Earth sciences and, in particular, on using cyberinfrastructure to improve access and sharing of Earth and space science data and physical samples, and on advancing data access and the data sharing culture in ‘small data’ communities. Kerstin is currently member of the AGU Board of Directors, chair of the EarthCube Leadership Council Leadership Team, and President of the IGSN e.V., a non-profit organization that operates a global infrastructure for unique identification of physical samples and collections. Kerstin is a past member of the NSF Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, past President of the Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union, and past chair of the Geological Society of America. She has received the Distinguished Service Award of the Geochemical Society and the Outstanding Contributions to Geoinformatics Award of the Geological Society of America. (Back to Top)


Dr. A. Michael Macrander
Shell Alaska (Retired)

Dr. Michael Macrander was Global Arctic Science Discipline Lead for the Royal Dutch Shell group before his retirement. In this role he was responsible for planning, directing, and implementing a diverse portfolio of scientific investigations and monitoring in the Arctic, as well as advising on standards of environmental science and stewardship. This included onshore and offshore studies programs that are directed at understanding broad baseline environmental and ecological conditions monitoring and assessment interactions between industry activities and the environment, and assessing impacts of an overall changing Arctic. In addition to his expertise in the Arctic, he has also developed expertise direclty related to the Gulf of Mexico area, including, among other issues, coastal land loss wetlands restoration, and marine resource monitoring. Through his 30+ year career, Dr. Macrander has focused his investigative efforts on multiple aspects of environmental ecology, management, and regulation, including wetlands, threatened and endangered species protection, ecological risk evaluation, and the evaluation of the impacts of oil spills. He earned his Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Alabama. (Back to Top)


Ms. Monica J. Mason
TransRe

Monica Mason is Senior Vice President and Global Head of Catastrophe Risk Analytics at TransRe, a leading global reinsurer headquartered in New York. Her team is responsible for the overall use of catastrophe models and associated analytics, portfolio management of catastrophe risk, and developing the TransRe view of risk through model research. Ms. Mason has been active in the catastrophe modeling industry for over 17 years, with roles at a Lloyd’s syndicate, a Bermuda reinsurer, a major broker, and a large model vendor. She serves on the board of the International Society of Catastrophe Managers (ISCM) and is a Director of the Wharton Partnership. In her free time, Ms. Mason volunteers with the Hoboken Community Emergency Response Team and serves on the Citizen Advisory Group for the Hudson Rebuild by Design project in Hoboken, NJ. Ms. Mason is a graduate of Macalester College with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. She has also completed her ARe and CEEM industry designations. (Back to Top)


Ms. Jean May-Brett
Louisiana Department of Education (Retired)

Ms. Jean May-Brett was the Director of the Math Science Partnership (MSP) Program and STEM Partnership Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Education before her retirement. Her duties included oversight of the MSP program in Louisiana providing math, science and technology professional development to classroom teachers through focused projects. Ms. May-Brett worked with public and private partners in an effort to develop regional and state STEM initiatives. She serves as the state coordinator for the science matters communication network. During her 25-years of classroom teaching Ms. May-Brett taught earth science, environmental science, and mathematics to students in New York and Louisiana at the middle and high school levels. Her honors and awards include being a Tandy Scholars Champion of the Classroom, receiving the Outstanding Leadership in Science Education award from the National Science Education Leadership Association and been recognized as the Outstanding High School Science Teacher in Louisiana. She served as the Assistant Director of Educational Television Technology at Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 1998-2003 and was the curriculum director and producer for the award winning middle school Enviro-Tacklebox© video series. Ms. May-Brett was also the content producer for Literacy and Learning©, another award winning program that provided professional development videos on teaching strategies. She is an officer in both the Louisiana Science Teachers Association and the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics. She is a past-president of the Louisiana Science Teachers Association, the Louisiana Environmental Educators Association, the Southern Association of Marine Educators and the National Marine Educators Association. Ms. May-Brett has held numerous positions on committees and served on the Council for the National Science Teachers Association. She is a member of NOAA’s Science Advisory Board and its Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science Program Advisory Committee Working Group. She serves as an advisor to the American Petroleum Institutes Delta Chapter for educational programs and is a board member of Core Element, a regional collaborative to improve math and science education. She has served on the Management Council of the Central Gulf of Mexico, Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement, and three terms on the Governor’s Environmental Education Commission. (Back to Top)


Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Moran
Ocean Networks Canada

Dr. Kate Moran is the President & CEO, Ocean Networks Canada. She joined the University of Victoria in September 2011 as a professor in the faculty of earth and ocean sciences and as director of NEPTUNE Canada. Her previous appointment was professor at the University of Rhode Island with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Oceanography and the Department of Ocean Engineering. She also served as the Graduate School of Oceanography’s Associate Dean, Research and Administration. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Moran was seconded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she served as an assistant director and focused on Arctic, polar, ocean, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and climate policy issues. Dr. Moran holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Rhode Island and Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on marine geotechnics and its application to the study of paleoceanography, tectonics and seafloor stability. She served as a member of the AffiliateMarketIngtools Committee on Emerging Research Questions in the Arctic. (Back to Top)


Dr. Alonzo L. Plough
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Alonzo Plough joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as vice president, Research-Evaluation-Learning and chief science officer in January 2014. Plough came to the foundation from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where he served as director of emergency preparedness and response from 2009–2013. In that role, Plough was responsible for the leadership and management of the public health preparedness activities protecting the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County from natural disasters and threats related to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. He coordinated activities in emergency operations, infections disease control, risk communication, planning, and community engagement. Prior to this position, Plough served as vice president of strategy, planning and evaluation for the California Endowment from 2005–2009. He was responsible for the leadership of the endowment’s strategic planning and development, evaluation, research, and organizational learning. Plough also served 10 years as director and health officer for the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health and as professor of health services at the University of School of Public Health in Seattle. He previously served as director of public health in Boston for eight years. Plough earned his Ph.D. and M.A. at Cornell University, and his M.P.H. at Yale University School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He earned a B.A. at St. Olaf College. He has held academic appointments at Harvard University School of Public Health, Tufts University Department of Community Medicine, and Boston University School of Management. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for public service and leadership and is the author of an extensive body of scholarly articles, books, and book chapters. (Back to Top)


Dr. Liesel A. Ritchie
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Liesel Ritchie is Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events at Oklahoma State University and an Associate Professor in OSU’s Department of Sociology. During her career, Ritchie has studied a range of disaster events, including the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon oil spills; the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash release; Hurricane Katrina; and earthquakes in Haiti and New Zealand. Since, her focus has been on the social impacts of disasters and community resilience, with an emphasis on technological disasters, social capital, and renewable resource communities, and she has published widely on these topics. Ritchie has more than 20 years of experience in evaluation and research. Prior to joining OSU, she served for 10 years as Associate Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder and a research professor with joint appointments in CU Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science and Environmental Studies Program. Ritchie was a Senior Research Associate at the Evaluation Center (Western Michigan University) and served for six years as Coordinator for the Social Science Research Center's Evaluation & Decision Support Laboratory (Mississippi State University). Ritchie has been PI or co-PI on more than 80 projects and authored or coauthored more than 70 technical reports working with agencies including NASA, NSF, USGS, FEMA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NOAA, and U.S. Department of the Interior. She is a National Institute of Standards and Technology Disaster Resilience Fellow and is a member of the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee for Measuring Community Resilience. Ritchie also serves on two AffiliateMarketIngtools Advisory Boards—one for the Gulf Research Program and another for the Koshland Public Engagement Program. (Back to Top)


Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, NAM
University of Colorado - Denver

Dr. Jonathan Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, is currently Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado - Denver. He is trained in the specialty of internal medicine and in the subspecialty of pulmonary diseases. Dr. Samet has investigated diverse health issues using epidemiological approaches. His research has focused on the health risks of inhaled pollutants—particles and ozone in outdoor air and indoor pollutants including secondhand smoke and radon. Dr. Samet has also investigated the occurrence and causes of cancer and respiratory diseases, emphasizing the risks of active and passive smoking. He has served on numerous AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees, including chairing the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and most recently the committee on Using 21st Century Science to Improve Risk-Related Evaluations. For several decades, Dr. Samet has been involved in global health, focusing on tobacco control, air pollution, and chronic disease prevention. He has been chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the EPA and the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Samet has served as editor and author for reports of the Surgeon General on Smoking and Health since 1984, receiving the Surgeon General’s Medallion in 1990 and 2006 for these contributions. Dr. Samet received the 2004 Prince Mahidol Award for Global Health awarded by the King of Thailand, the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health, the Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal from the American Thoracic Society/American Lung Association, the Luther Terry Award for Distinguished Career from the American Cancer Society, and the Fries Prize for Health. He was elected to the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Medicine in 1997. (Back to Top)


Mr. Richard Sears
Independent Consultant and Stanford University
Mr. Richard Sears, a geophysicist, is a consulting professor at Stanford University. As chief scientist for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Mr. Sears provided technical and policy recommendations on offshore drilling to prevent future accidents of this type. Mr. Sears provided technical expertise to the investigation into the causes of the incident, and in the preparation of recommendations to the Commission. He was responsible for accessing industry expertise to aid the Commission in carrying out its duties, and was a contributing author of the Chief Counsel’s Report, which detailed the technical and managerial factors leading to the blowout and spill. Mr. Sears also served as a member of the Department of Interior’s Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee. During his 33 years with Shell Oil Co. and Royal Dutch Shell, Mr. Sears acquired significant domestic and international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, holding technical and managerial positions including exploration geophysicist, technical instructor, economist, strategic planner, and general management. He received a BS in physics and an MS in geophysics from Stanford University. (Back to Top)


Gulf Research Program Advisory Group Members (2013-2014)

Under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Schaal, the original Gulf Research Program Advisory Group developed a strategic vision that established the Program's foundation and identified opportunities to contribute lasting benefit to the Gulf region and the nation. In fall 2014, Program oversight transitioned from the Advisory Group to a newly appointed Advisory Board charged with implementing the Program's vision.

Members of the original Advisory Group are listed below:

Dr. Barbara A. Schaal, NAS, Chair
University, St. Louis

Dr. Donald F. Boesch
University of Maryland, Cambridge

Dr. Robert S. Carney
Louisiana State University

Dr. Stephen R. Carpenter, NAS
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Cortis K. Cooper
Chevron Corporation

Dr. Courtney Cowart
Sewanee: The University of the South

Dr. Robert A. Duce
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Texas A&M University, College Station

Dr. Deborah Estrin, NAE
Cornell New York City Tech

Dr. Christopher B. Field, NAS
Carnegie Institution for Science

Dr. Gerardo Gold-Bouchot
Center for Research and Advanced Studies at Merida

Dr. Lynn R. Goldman, NAM
George University

Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, NAM
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Dr. Thomas O. Hunter
Sandia National Laboratories (Retired)
 

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, NAE
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Ashanti Johnson
University of Texas at Arlington | Institute for Broadening Participation

Dr. David M. Karl, NAS
University of Hawaii

Ms. Molly McCammon
Alaska Ocean Observing System

Dr. Linda A. McCauley, NAM
Emory University

Dr. J. Steven Picou
University of South Alabama

Dr. Eduardo Salas
University of Central Florida

Mr. Kerry Michael St. Pé
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Dr. Arnold F. Stancell, NAE
Mobil Oil (Retired) | Georgia Institute of Technology (Emeritus)

Dr. LaDon Swann
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium | Auburn University

Mr. James W. Ziglar
Van Ness Feldman

Dr. Mark D. Zoback, NAE
Stanford University
 


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