Gulf Oil Spill Ecotoxicology - Working Group Biographies

Anderson, Sean
California State University Channel Islands
Sean Anderson is a coastal ecologist whose research and restoration efforts have included heavily human-impacted ecosystems along the Pacific Coast, Gulf Coast, Oceania, Antarctica and Asia, with special emphasis on ecotoxicity associated with oil exploration, heavy metal contamination, and organophosphate pollution.

Cherr, Gary
University of California, Davis
Environmental Toxicologist Gary Cherr is a UC-Davis Professor and Director of the Bodega Marine Laboratory who has expertise in reproductive and developmental effects of petroleum hydrocarbons, has served on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council's Science Panel since 2006, and recently led a University of California team investigating the impacts of the Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay.

Peterson, Charles (Pete)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences, Biology and Ecology, Pete Peterson has published over 150 papers on diverse topics in marine ecology and human impacts in marine ecosystems and has served on numerous advisory committees, including the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council's Science Panel (1993-2002), having been heavily involved in research on long-term ecological responses to the 1989 spill.

Ambrose, Richard
University of California, Los Angeles
Director and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering Program at UCLA, Rich Ambrose has extensive experience in assessment of coastal ecosystem health and ecotoxicological impacts of human activities.

Anghera, Shelly
Anchor QEA
Shelly Anghera is a senior managing scientist with more than 15 years of experience conducting field and laboratory studies related to marine ecotoxicology and sediment quality characterization in areas of high human disturbance and pollution.

Bay, Steve
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP)
Principal Scientist at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) and director of the Toxicology SCCWRP’s Laboratory, Steve Bay specializes in assessing biological response to sediment contamination.

Blum, Michael
Tulane University
Michael Blum is an Assistant Professor of molecular ecology at Tulane University, who specializes in assessing responses of soil microbial communities to oil exposure in coastal marshes, using new metagenomic approaches.

Condon, Robert
Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory
Rob Condon, a plankton and microbial ecologist and Faculty Assistant Research Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is currently working on Deepwater Horizon oil spill effects on microbial and plankton dynamics and biogeochemical cycling.

Dean, Thomas
Coastal Resources Associates Inc.
Tom Dean is a member and past Chair of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council's Science Panel, and was Principal Investigator of multiple projects related to Exxon Oil Spill, including nearshore monitoring as a mechanism to support decision-making capacity and coastal habitat injury assessment to gauge oil spill effects on subtidal plant and invertebrate communities.

Graham, William (Monty)
Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory
A Senior Marine Scientist at Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Associate Professor of Marine Science at University of South Alabama with expertise in ecology and biology of gelatinous zooplankton, Monty Graham is actively researching emerging effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on plankton and fish assemblages, against the backdrop of his long-term research on seasonal changes to decadal-scale variability in Gulf of Mexico and the role of estuarine zooplankton in ecosystem-level linkages between estuaries and coastal ocean.

Guzy, Michael
Oregon State University
Assistant Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering, Michael Guzy specializes in computation, data management and design for decision support systems in the areas of pesticide risk-management, ecosystem services, and biocomplexity modeling.

Hampton, Stephanie
University of California, Santa Barbara
Deputy Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis since 2006, Stephanie Hampton is an aquatic biologist who uses time-series statistical approaches to understand long- and short-term changes in freshwater and marine plankton assemblages.


Joye, Samantha (Mandy)
University of Georgia
Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at University of Georgia and leader of University of Georgia’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill research team in Gulf of Mexico, Mandy Joye has expertise in deepwater ecology, biochemical cycling and biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, and ecosystem and geochemical modeling.

Lambrinos, John
Oregon State University
John Lambrinos is an Assistant Professor and plant ecologist with expertise in coastal wetlands.

Mate, Bruce
Oregon State University
Director & Endowed Chair of Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute and Professor of Fisheries & Wildlife, Bruce Mate has conducted marine mammal research since 1967, including extensive research in critical habitat, migration routes, feeding ecology and dive behavior of endangered whales in Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.

Meffert, Doug
Tulane University
Doug Meffert is Deputy Director for Policy at Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Eugenie Schwartz Professor of River and Coastal Studies and Chair of the Tulane Oil Spill Response Committee and has expertise in estuarine hydrodynamics and coastal wetland restoration planning and policy.

Powers, Sean
University of South Alabama
Associate Professor in Marine Sciences at University of South Alabama and member of the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, Sean Powers has expertise in NRDA (Natural Resource Damage Assessment & Restoration) assessment of injury and restoration scaling, as well as ecology of demersal fishes and benthic invertebrates in coastal and estuarine systems, particularly those that support commercial and recreational fisheries, and is currently examining effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Sargassum communities.

Reddy, Christopher
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Associate Scientist in Department of the Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry and Director of the Coastal Ocean Institute at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Christopher Reddy's research focuses on the source, transport, and fate of organic contaminants in coastal and oceanic waters and includes field studies of North Cape and Cosco Busan oil spills and Santa Barbara oil seeps.

Somasundaran, Ponisseril (Som)
Columbia University
La von Duddleson Krumb Professor in Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Director of both the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Studies in Novel Surfactants and the Langmuir Center for Colloids and Interfaces, Former Chair of Columbia’s Department of Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering and Mineral Engineering, and inductee into the National Academy of Engineering of the U.S. (1985), China (1998), India (2000), Russia (2000) and Balkan/MT, Som Somasundaran’s expertise spans surface and colloid chemistry of minerals, materials and microbes, molecular interactions at surfaces using advanced spectroscopy, polymer and surfactant adsorption, flocculation/dispersion, biosurface phenomena, environmental engineering (waste treatment), and enhanced recovery of oil and coal cleaning.

Spies, Robert
Applied Marine Sciences
Bob Spies was Chief Scientist of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (1990-2001) and specializes in fate and effects of contaminants (especially petroleum) in the aquatic environment, with emphasis on fish and benthic invertebrates, as well as the design of programs to detect long-term change in benthic communities and marine ecosystems.

Taylor, Caroline (Caz)
Tulane University
Caz Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University with expertise in computational and mathematical modeling of population dynamics for spatially distributed plant and animal populations, including the use of modeling to inform management and restoration of coastal wetlands, and she is currently studying Deepwater Horizon spill impacts on Blue Crab populations and shorebirds.

Tjeerdema, Ronald
University of California, Davis
Chair of the UC Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology, Ron Tjeerdema specializes in the environmental fate and toxic actions of pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons and dispersants in aquatic systems and organisms, has studied dispersant toxicity for 25 years, and was a member of the NOAA panel that recommended continued subsurface injection of dispersants for the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Torres, Joseph
University of South Florida
A Professor in the Marine Science Department at the University of South Florida, Joseph Torres’ research focuses on physiology and ecology of pelagic species, and he is currently engaged in a project studying mesopelagic species in Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Trust, Kim
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
As a former branch chief of U.S. FWS Environmental Contaminant Assessment & Monitoring in Anchorage, Alaska, Kim Trust was heavily engaged in science and research activities following the Exxon Valdez oil spill and is currently heading federal assessment of post-Deepwater Horizon shorebird populations in the Gulf of Mexico as a Natural Resource Damage Assessment & Restoration case operations manager.