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Science and Technical Advisory Committee

Purpose

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

The STAC shall be composed 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 shall provide 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)

Committee Members

Co-chairs

  • James O’Donnell, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences
  • R. Lawrence Swanson, PhD,  Stony Brook University, Waste Reduction and Management Institute

Members

  • Chester Arnold, University of Connecticut
  • Brett Branco, PhD, Brooklyn College
  • Vincent Breslin, PhD, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Carmela Cuomo, PhD, University of New Haven
  • Hans Dam, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences
  • Sylvain DeGuise, PhD, CT Sea Grant
  • H. Charles DeQuillfeldt, NYSDEC
  • Stuart Findlay, PhD,  Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • James J. Fitzpatrick, HDR/HydroQual
  • Penny Howell, CTDEEP, Marine Fisheries Unit
  • Milan Keser, PhD, University of Connecticut
  • Christine Kirchoff, PhD, University of Connecticut School of Engineering
  • Jason Krumholz, PhD, NOAA Fisheries Liason, Long Island Sound Study
  • James S. Latimer, PhD, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division
  • Senjie Lin, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences
  • Darcy Lonsdale, PhD, Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Anne McElroy, PhD, Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • John R. Mullaney, US Geological Survey – Connecticut
  • Suzanne Paton, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Julie Rose, PhD, NOAA Fisheries Milford Laboratory
  • Cornelia Schlenk, New York Sea Grant
  • Gillian M. Stewart, PhD, Queens College
  • Kelly Streich, CTDEEP, Water Protection and Land Reuse
  • Mark Tedesco, EPA Long Island Sound Office
  • Johan C. Varekamp, PhD, Wesleyan University, Department of Earth & Environmental Science
  • Jaimie Vaudrey, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences
  • Penny Vlahos, PhD, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences
  • Howard Weiss, PhD, Project Oceanology, Citizens Advisory Committee Liaison
  • Jennifer Wilson-Pines, Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, 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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