Science and Technical Advisory Committee

Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

The principal purpose of the STAC is to provide the Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP) with objective, expert advice, and peer review for overall scientific and technical matters related to National Estuary Program activities and goals, such as those specified in the Partnership’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. It works with the Advisory Committee to identify and prioritize science and technical needs within the Barnegat Bay, and assists with the BBP office to raise awareness and resources for addressing these needs. Members of the STAC also participate and facilitate communication among other specialized science and technical committees, and recommends forming and disbanding new STAC sub-committees and technical workgroups as needed, i.e. Pathogen Work Group, Shellfish Work Group, and Climate Change Work Group. Learn more about STAC members’ areas of expertise.

STAC Members

Rob Karl, Brick Municipal Utilities Authority (Chair)

Dr. Steven Yergeau, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County (Vice-Chair)

Will Ruocco, Brick Municipal Utilities Authority (Alternate)

Ursula Howson, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Karen Greene, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (Alternate)

Gregg Sakowicz, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR)

Michael DeLuca, JCNERR (Alternate)

Christine Wieben, US Geological Survey

Jeff Fischer, US Geological Survey (Alternate)

John Protonentis, Ocean County Health Department

Rob Tunstead, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Christine Hall, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Alternate)

Tim Dillingham, American Littoral Society

Helen Henderson, American Littoral Society (Alternate)

Alena Baldwin-Brown, NJDEP

Bob Schuster, NJDEP (Alternate)

Barbara Spinweber, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2

Darvene Adams, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 (Alternate)

Dr. Peter Rowe, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium

Michael J. Danko: New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (Alternate)

Steve Mars, USFWS/Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge

Eric Schrading, USFWS/Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge (Alternate)

Beth Brandreth, US Army Corps of Engineers

Dr. John Wnek, Save Barnegat Bay

Britta Wenzel, Save Barnegat Bay (Alternate)

Dr. L. Stanton Hales, Jr., Barnegat Bay Partnership (ex officio)

Dr. James Vasslides, Barnegat Bay Partnership

Victoria Pecchioli, Ocean County Department of Planning

Robert Shertenlieb, Ocean County Utilities Authority

Carol Conklin, Ocean County Utilities Authority (Alternate)

Patrick Burritt, NJ Pinelands Commission

Charles Caruso, Esq., Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Dr. Ryan Rebozo, Pinelands Preservation Alliance (Alternate)

Rick Bushnell, ReClam the Bay

Dr. Swarna Muthukrishnan, Clean Ocean Action

Jim Nickels, Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University

Dr. Jason Adolph, Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University (Alternate)

Dr. Louise Wootton, Georgian Court University

Dr. Elizabeth Lacey, Stockton University

Linda Brennen, Monmouth County Department of Planning

Robert Parker, Department of Transportation

Dana Hecht, Department of Transportation (Alternate)

Related Documents

STAC Charter
STAC Members’ Areas of Expertise
STAC Statement on the Scientific Justification for Fertilizer Ordinances
STAC Statement on Soil Health
STAC 2010 Research Prospectus
STAC 2017 Research Prospectus

STAC Minutes – Approved

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