Seminar: Science and Policy Perspectives on Straits Pipeline

Mackinac Bridge
Please join us for a special seminar and discussion at the U-M Water Center.

Connecting Science and Policy: Oil Spill Risk Assessment
3:30 - 4:45 p.m., Tuesday April 26
Graham Institute North, 214 S. State St (entrance next to Sava’s)

This seminar will integrate physical science and policy perspectives on the oil pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac. David Schwab, a researcher with the U-M Water Center, will share his experience using a hydrodynamic model to run oil spill scenarios of interest to the policy community.  Mike Shriberg from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will discuss how NWF has used Schwab's results.  Bentley Johnson from U.S. Senator Peters office will share perspectives from the legislative community and offer tips for academic researchers interested in policy-relevant topics. Throughout the seminar, participants will be encouraged share ideas about conducting research and communicating science for controversial issues.

As with Water Center lunches, the purpose of this event is to spark discussion and foster connections across campus and between researchers and practitioners around water related topics. 

Feel free to share this invitation with others that may be interested.

About the Speakers:

David Schwab is an expert on hydrodynamic modeling of the Great Lakes and other coastal regions. Before joining the Water Center, David was a research scientist and division chief at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory where he worked on a range of topics in geophysical fluid dynamics. His current interests are in applications of hydrodynamic modeling to water quality problems, including transport of bacteria from tributary sources to swimming beaches and predictive tracking of algal blooms. You can read more about his modeling of potential oil spill in a recent report.

Mike Shriberg is the Regional Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center.  Mike had spent about half his career in academia (including most recently at the UM Graham Sustainability Institute and Program in the Environment) and half in the non-profit sector.  Mike’s work has focused on Great Lakes protection, energy policy and campus sustainability.  Mike earned his MS and PhD in Resource Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment.  NWF has been drawing public attention on the risks associated with the Mackinac pipeline, for example through recent video surveys and reports.

Bentley Johnson works for U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) as his lead staff member for environmental issues. Based in D.C., Bentley is an Ann Arbor native and U-M Program in the Environment alum.  Prior to joining Senator Peters office, Bentley worked for the National Wildlife Federation's National Advocacy Center where he worked on issues such as public lands, water resources, invasive species, and outdoor recreation.

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 3:30 pm