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Science and Technical Advisory Committee


The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) provides objective scientific and technical guidance for the restoration and protection of Long Island Sound.

The STAC is comprised of engineers, scientists, and representatives from government agencies, academia, industry, and private organizations, which represent a cross section of individuals with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise that are important to the LISS.The STAC provides the LISS Management Committee with overall direction and advice on science and technical issues. It shall support efforts to manage the Sound by providing the policy and management process with the best available scientific and technical information.

To fulfill this purpose, the STAC Will:

  • Develop recommendations for research, monitoring, and assessment priorities to address management needs;
  • Assist in the development of requests for proposals;
  • Provide advice regarding technical issues, programs and projects to the Management Conference, and ensure peer review of technical products;
  • Make recommendations to assist in the development and review of annual work plans and program budgets;
  • Provide guidance and support for subcommittees needed to address specific issues of importance to Long Island Sound;
  • Identify emerging issues facing the Sound;
  • Provide a forum for idea exchange concerning key issues affecting the Sound; and
  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities for LIS research.

The STAC shall meet three to four times per year, with meeting locations alternating between CT and NY. The STAC may form subcommittees to focus on specific issues and to more broadly involve experts from the region. (Adopted June 3, 2005)


See Events & Meetings web page for announcements of upcoming committee meetings for MC, STAC, CAC, and HRSWG.


Committee Members

CT Co-chair

  • James O’Donnell, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences

NY Co-Chair

  • Darcy Lonsdale, PhD, Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences


  • James Ammerman, PhD, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission/ Science Coordinator, Long Island Sound Study
  • Paul Anderson, PhD, Mystic Aquarium
  • Chester Arnold, University of Connecticut
  • Vincent Breslin, PhD, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Sarah Crosby, PhD, Harbor Watch
  • Carmela Cuomo, PhD, University of New Haven
  • Sylvain DeGuise, PhD, Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Anthony Dvarskas, PhD, Stony Brook University
  • Stuart Findlay, PhD,  Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Jason Grear, PhD, EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division
  • Dianne Greenfield, PhD, City University of New York Environmental Sciences Initiative
  • Ashley Helton, PhD, University of Connecticut
  • David Hudson, PhD, Norwalk Aquarium
  • Christine Kirchoff, PhD, University of Connecticut School of Engineering
  • Elizabeth Lamoureux, Anchor QEA
  • Senjie Lin, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences
  • David Lipsky, PhD, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Kamazima Lwiza, PhD, Stony Brook University
  • Anne McElroy, PhD, Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Robin Landeck Miller, HDR
  • John R. Mullaney, US Geological Survey-CT
  • Suzanne Paton, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Evelyn Powers, Interstate Environmental Commission
  • Julie Rose, PhD, NOAA Fisheries Milford Laboratory
  • Paul Stacey, Footprints in the Water
  • Kelly Streich, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Water Management and Land Reuse
  • Larry Swanson, PhD, Stony Brook University
  • Mark Tedesco, EPA Long Island Sound Office
  • Craig Tobias, PhD, University of Connecticut
  • Johan C. Varekamp, PhD, Wesleyan University, Department of Earth and Environmental Science
  • Jaimie Vaudrey, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences
  • Penny Vlahos, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences
  • Laura Wehrmann, PhD, Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Howard Weiss, PhD, Project Oceanology, Citizens Advisory Committee Liaison
  • Robert Wilson, PhD, Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Charles Yarish, PhD, University of Connecticut at Stamford, Department of Ecology and  Evolutionary Biology
  • Roman Zajac, PhD, University of New Haven, Department of Biology and Environmental Science
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