Committee Roster and Bios

Hajo Eicken—University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK — Acting Chair

Hajo Eicken is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Alaska (UAF), Fairbanks. His research interests include studies of the growth and properties of sea ice and its importance as a social-environmental system. Through work conducted in coastal Alaska over the past decade, he has been working towards establishment of an integrated sea-ice observatory that provides an interface between geophysical and Indigenous knowledge of ice conditions and coastal hazards. Currently he is heading an effort at the University of Alaska to enhance use of scientific data by a range of different stakeholders at the local and international level, building on work conducted during the International Polar Year. In that capacity, and as chair of the Science Steering Committee of the U.S. Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Program, he works towards the establishment of an observing network to help understand and respond to Arctic environmental and socio-economic change. Since March 2015 he has been serving as the interim Director of the International Arctic Research Center at UAF. Dr. Eicken served on two previous NRC study committees. He received his Ph.D. in natural sciences from the University of Bremen.

Peter J. Auster—University of Connecticut and Mystic Aquarium

Peter Auster is a research professor emeritus of Marine Sciences and Science Director of the Northeast Undersea Research, Technology & Education Center. He also has an appointment as a Senior Research Scientist at Mystic Aquarium.  His research focuses on the ecology and conservation of fishes and he has conducted many studies to define how variation across underwater landscapes mediates the distribution and abundance of fishes, with the goal to understand the linkages between habitat level processes and population-community dynamics, and to develop survey methods for fishes living in spatially complex habitats. Dr. Auster has served on a number of panels and committees that are focused on marine resource management and conservation. Notable honors include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Hero Award, Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, Mote Eminent Scholar in Fisheries Ecology at Florida State University, and University of Connecticut at Avery Point Award for Excellence in Teaching. His NRC experience includes serving as a member of the Committee on Evaluating the Effects of Bottom Trawling on the Seafloor Habitats. Dr. Auster received a B.S. in zoology and an M.S. in biological oceanography from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

C. Scott Cameron—GeoLogical Consulting, LLC
Keith R. Criddle—University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau, AK

Keith R. Criddle is the Ted Stevens Distinguished Professor of Marine Policy at the Juneau Center for Fisheries and Ocean Science of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has held a variety of appointed positions, including Director of the UAF Fisheries Division, Co-Director of the UAF Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, member, vice-chair, and chair of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council Scientific & Statistical Committee, head of the Utah State University Economics Department, assistant and associate professor of Economics at UAF, and industry economist at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest and Alaska Fisheries Science Center. His research explores the intersection between the natural sciences, economics, and public policy and is driven by an interest in the sustainable management of living marine resources. He directs graduate projects in bioeconomics, statistical inference, and policy analysis and teaches courses in resource and environmental economics, statistics, operations research and decision theory, fisheries law, policy analysis, and economic development for fisheries dependent communities. Dr. Criddle has served as a member of the NRC Ocean Studies Board, associate editor for Marine Resource Economics, associate editor for Natural Resource Modeling, editorial board member for Marine Policy, past president of the Resource Modeling Association, president elect of the American Fisheries Society Socioeconomics section, and co-chair of the North Pacific Fisheries Organization (PICES) section on Human Dimensions of Marine Systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from University of California, Davis.

Mary (Missy) H. Feeley—ExxonMobil (Retired), Houston, TX

Mary Feeley retired as Chief Geoscientist from ExxonMobil Exploration Company in 2014. Her responsibilities included advising senior ExxonMobil Upstream management on strategic geoscience matters and identifying global geoscience opportunities for ExxonMobil. Dr. Feeley’s graduate work was focused on understanding depositional patterns in upper slope salt basins and the Mississippi Fan using seismic stratigraphy techniques. She also spent many years working on lease sales, prospect maturation, and energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Feeley is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the American Geophysical Union. Her NRC experience includes membership on the Ocean Studies Board from 2005 to 2010 and serving on several committees, including the recent Committee on Guidance for NSF on National Ocean Science Research Priorities: Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences. Dr. Feeley earned her Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A&M University.

Richard McLaughlin—Harte Research Institute, Corpus Christi, TX

Richard McLaughlin serves as Endowed Chair for Marine Policy and Law at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi.   Prior to joining the Harte Research Institute in 2005, Dr. McLaughlin was Professor of Law and Ray and Louise Stewart Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law where he regularly taught International Law, Property Law, Admiralty Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, International Environmental Law, and other courses. He specializes in marine and coastal policy and legal issues including the international law of the sea, ocean energy policies, transboundary resource management, and marine ecosystem-based management. He has been actively involved in a variety of leadership positions in the marine law and policy field and has served on over two dozen graduate student committees. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Japan and has published over eighty articles and monographs on marine and coastal policy-related topics.  Dr. McLaughlin received an A.B. from Humboldt State University, a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law, an L.L.M. in marine law and policy from University of Washington, and a J.S.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jacqueline Michel—Research Planning, Inc., Columbia, SC

Jacqueline Michel is President of Research Planning, Inc. She is a geochemist specializing in terrestrial and marine pollution studies, coastal geomorphology, and environmental risk assessments. She has extensive international experience responding to oil spills in over 30 countries and has worked in many different coastal and marine environments. Dr. Michel has been a leader in the development of methods and the conduct of Natural Resource Damage Assessments following spills and groundings. She has taken a lead role in many federal and state damage assessments and has conducted over a dozen studies for BOEM (and formerly Minerals Management Service) on marine minerals, alternative energy, and oil and gas production on the Outer Continental Shelf. Dr. Michel has served on the Ocean Studies Board of the NRC as well as on multiple NRC committees, including serving as chair of the Committee on Understanding Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects.  Dr. Michel received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in geology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Michael K. Orbach—Duke University, Beaufort, NC
Timothy J. Ragen—Marine Mammal Commission (Retired), Anacortes, WA

Timothy Ragen retired in 2013 from the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. His interests and expertise are in marine mammal biology, ecology, and conservation. In 1990 Dr. Ragen earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He then completed a National Research Council Associateship at the U.S. National Marine Mammal Laboratory, where he conducted modeling studies of the northern fur seal. In 1991, he joined the Honolulu Laboratory of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, where he worked in the Hawaiian monk seal recovery program. In 1997, he took a management position as the Steller sea lion recovery coordinator for the Alaska Region, National Marine Fisheries Service. He joined the staff of the Marine Mammal Commission in 2000, serving as its Scientific Program Director until 2006 and then its Executive Director until 2013.

Susan E. Parks –Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Susan Parks is an Assistant Professor in Biology at Syracuse University. Prior to her position at Syracuse University, she was a Senior Research Associate and Associate Professor of Ecology and Acoustics at the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests are focused on the behavioral functions of sound production by marine organisms and the biological effects of noise in the marine environment. Her primary research focus has been on the endangered North Atlantic right whale, which she has studied for the past 18 years. Her awards during her career include the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House. Dr. Parks is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the Animal Behavior Society, and the Society for Marine Mammalogy. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography.

Caroline Pomeroy—California Sea Grant, La Jolla, CA
James P. Ray—Oceanic Environmental Solutions, LLC, Spring, TX
Denise J. Reed—The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA
Jacqueline Grebmeier –University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Solomons, MD

Jacqueline Grebmeier is currently a Research Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (Chesapeake Biological Laboratory). Dr. Grebmeier received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of California, Davis in 1977, a Master’s Degree in Biology from Stanford University in 1979 and in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington in 1983. She received a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1987. Following service as a postdoctoral associate of the University of Southern California from 1987-1988, she then affiliated with the University of Tennessee in 1989 until she began her current position in 2008. Her oceanographic research interests are related to pelagic-benthic coupling, benthic carbon cycling, and benthic faunal population structure in the marine environment. Over the last 30 years, she has conducted ~53 field research cruises in the Arctic.  Dr. Grebmeier has served on a number of advisory and review committees to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Polar Research Board, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Fish and Wildlife Service. She also served as project director and chief scientist for a National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research supported field research program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas that investigated the exchange of materials between the continental shelves and the deeper Arctic basin in the context of global change (Shelf-Basin Interactions Phase I and II, 1999-2007). She was appointed to the US Arctic Research Commisssion from 2000-2003 and served as the US delegate and one of four Vice-Presidents to the International Arctic Science Committee by appointment through that National Academies from 2006-2014

David T. Allen (NAE) –University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

David Allen is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is primarily focused in the areas of urban air quality, the engineering of sustainable systems, and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education. Dr. Allen has been a lead investigator for multiple air quality measurement studies, which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies. He directs the Air Quality Research Program for the State of Texas, and he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society’s journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. He has served on a variety of governmental advisory panels, and from 2012 to 2015 chaired the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He has won teaching awards at the University of Texas and UCLA and the Lewis Award in Chemical Engineering Education, from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1979. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering were awarded by the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Department of Energy. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017.

Roderick Mather –University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Rod Mather is professor and chair of history and underwater archaeology and the University of Rhode Island.  He is also a senior fellow of the Coastal Institute  at URI and is  director of the archaeology and anthropology graduate program.  His research includes studying submerged cultural landscapes and shipwrecks around the world, including Revolutionary War ships in Narragansett Bay, the USS Monitor off the Coast of Virginia, the shipwrecks of Bermuda, and a fleet of German World War I ships in the Atlantic Canyons off Virginia. In 2014, he served on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee, where he provided unique expertise regarding energy exploration and development activities on the Outer Continental Shelf.  Previously, he directed the archaeological aspects of NOAA’s Atlantic Deepwater Canyons Project, focusing on the discovery, identification and assessment of submerged historic and pre-contact sites. Dr. Mather received his BA from Leeds University in 1986 and his MA from East Carolina University in 1990. He was awarded his doctorate from New College, Oxford University, England in 1996

Craig Johnson –HDR, Inc., Bethesda, MD

Craig Johnson currently serves as a regulatory specialist at HDR Inc., a consulting company. His expertise focuses on Endangered Species Act compliance, Marine Mammal Protection Act compliance, NEPA compliance, Clean Water Act (Section 404) compliance, ecological risk assessment, cumulative impact assessment, underwater acoustics, and terrestrial acoustics. Prior to entering the consulting field, Mr. Johnson served the National Marine Fisheries Service as the National Coordinator for Interagency Consultation and a Fisheries Biologist. He has also held several posts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service including Field Supervisor; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; Endangered Species Division Chief; Fish and Wildlife Biologist; and Biological Technician.  Mr. Johnson received his Masters of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the State University of New York, College of Cortland.


Susan Roberts, Director, Ocean Studies Board
Elizabeth Eide, Director, Board on Earth Science and Resources
Stacee Karras, Program Officer, Ocean Studies Board
Trent Cummings, Program Assistant, Ocean Studies Board