Committee Roster and Bios

Michael K. Orbach (Chair)—Duke University, Beaufort, NC 
Michael Orbach is a Professor Emeritus of Marine Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Orbach has been involved in marine policy across the U.S., Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. He has conducted extensive research and has published widely on social science and policy in coastal and marine environments. Prior to joining the Duke faculty, Dr. Orbach worked as a cultural anthropologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has held several Governors’ appointments to environmental boards and commissions. He has also served on several Academies’ activities such as the Committee on Science and Policy for the Coastal Ocean and was member of the Ocean Studies Board. Dr. Orbach earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego and did his undergraduate work in Economics at the University of California, Irvine.
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.
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
C. Scott Cameron is a petroleum geologist and principal of GeoLogical Consulting, LLC. He retired in late 2013 as Vice President of Deepwater Exploration and Appraisal for Shell’s Upstream Americas business, after 32 years with Shell companies. His expertise is in geology, exploration, development, and the business of oil and gas exploration and production. From 1999-2013 he led teams that found or acquired, and helped develop several billion barrels of oil equivalent in the deepwater basins of the Americas, rebuilding Shell’s deepwater portfolio. Currently, he is a consulting geologist for Deepwater Technology Services and Alpha Deepwater Services. His professional affiliations and activities include membership in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Houston Geological Society. He currently serves on the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (BESR) of the National Academies and served as BESR liaison to the Committee on Environmental Science and Assessment for Ocean Energy Management.. He is a Trustee Associate and Member of the Corporation of the AAPG Foundation. He also serves as a Trustee of the American Geosciences Institute Foundation. He formerly served as a National Ocean Industries Association Board Member (through September 2013). He holds a Ph.D. from MIT, a M.A. from Rice University, and a B.A. from Brown University, all in geology.
Hajo EickenUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Caroline Pomeroy is the California Sea Grant Extension Specialist at the University of California, San Diego as well as a Research Social Scientist with the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Pomeroy is based in the Monterey Bay area but works statewide on issues related to coastal and marine space use, long-term social and economic well-being of resource users and communities, and responsible use of California’s coastal and marine resources. She is a social scientist whose work focuses on the human dimensions of fisheries and fishing communities and how they affect and are affected by environmental, regulatory, social, and economic factors. Furthermore, Dr. Pomeroy served on the National Academies’ Committee on Evaluating the Effects of Bottom Trawling on Seafloor Habitats. She earned a Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Fisheries from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Marine Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and a B.A. from Yale University.
James P. Ray—Oceanic Environmental Solutions, LLC, Spring, TX
James P. Ray has over forty years of experience in the oil and gas industry, with a focus on marine ecology and specifically the fates and effects of contaminants. He spent thirty years at Shell Oil Company and retired as the Manager of Environmental Sciences. Currently, he is the president of the consulting firm Oceanic Environmental Solutions, LLC. Dr. Ray has served on many industry and academic committees and boards. His most recent National Academies service was on the Polar Research Board’s Committee for the Review of the Oil Spill Recovery Institute’s Arctic and Subarctic Research Program. Dr. Ray holds a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography and an M.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University as well as a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Miami.
Denise J. Reed—University of New Orleans, LA
Denise Reed is a coastal expert and Professor Gratis at the University of New Orleans. She formerly served as the Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives at the Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Reed is internationally recognized for her expertise in coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems. She has served on many boards and panels addressing the role of science in guiding coastal restoration including the National Academies Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental management in the California Bay-Delta. Additionally, she has been a member of the USACE Environmental Advisory Board and the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Dr. Reed received her B.S. in Geography from Sidney Sussex College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.


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