NAS Seeks Nominations for Committee on BOEM Environmental Science and Assessment Management

The National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences has sent out the following notice:

“The National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board and Board on Earth Sciences and Resources are soliciting nominations for individuals to serve on the Committee on Environmental Science and Assessment for Ocean Energy Management. This committee is sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

BOEM has asked the National Research Council to convene a standing committee to provide scientifically credible, independent, and objective perspectives and information on issues of relevance to BOEM’s environmental assessment and studies programs and to facilitate and support discussions on those issues. Please see the attached document for the Statement of Task.

Approximately 15 experts from scientific disciplines relevant to BOEM?s environmental assessment and studies programs will be appointed for a 1-year term of service. These disciplines include:

  • Biology – ecology and habitat, avian and bat resources, fish resources, invertebrate resources, benthic resources, threatened and endangered species and other marine mammals
  • Oceanography and Atmospheric Science – currents and eddies, water chemistry and quality, meteorology and air quality, sea ice, geology
  • Social Science and Economics – archaeology, sociology, economics, cultural resources
  • Fates and Effects – sediment disturbance, noise, electromagnetic fields, oil spills, contaminants and toxicity
  • Multi-Disciplinary – climate change, engineering, human health, modeling, monitoring, protocols and frameworks, policy, mitigation and remediation, beach nourishment, facilitation of scientific discussion, application of science to policy.

Please submit your nominations by July 15, 2015 using the following form:

Include the candidate’s name, affiliation, email address, and area of expertise, as well as a few sentences about why the nominee is appropriate for this standing committee. Self-nominations are welcome.

Thank you in advance for your submissions. Although not all nominations will result in membership on the committee, this process helps ensure that the committee is drawn from a broad pool of qualified experts. If you have any questions about the study or the nomination process, please feel free to contact Stacee Karras at or by phone at 202-334-2364.”

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