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

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

Dr. Elizabeth Lacey, Stockton University (Vice-Chair)

Dr. James Vasslides, Barnegat Bay Partnership

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

Rob Karl, Brick Municipal Utilities Authority

Will Ruocco, Brick Municipal Utilities Authority (Alternate)

Dr. Swarna Muthukrishnan, Clean Ocean Action

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

Michael DeLuca, JCNERR (Alternate)

Linda Brennen, Monmouth County Department of Planning

Amber Mallm, Monmouth County Department of Planning (Alternate)

Alena Baldwin-Brown, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Bob Schuster, NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Alternate)

Dr. Peter Rowe, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium

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

Keith Hanson, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Karen Greene, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (Alternate)

Rob Tunstead, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

David Steinmann, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Alternate)

Victoria Pecchioli, Ocean County Department of Planning

Mark Villinger, Ocean County Department of Planning (Alternate)

Christine Raabe, Ocean County Soil Conservation District

Becky Laboy, Ocean County Soil Conservation District (Alternate)

Robert Shertenlieb, Ocean County Utilities Authority

Keith Marcoon, Ocean County Utilities Authority (Alternate)

Charles Caruso, Esq., Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Dr. Ryan Rebozo, Pinelands Preservation Alliance (Alternate)

Rick Bushnell, ReClam the Bay

Dr. John Wnek, Save Barnegat Bay

Barbara Spinweber, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2

Christine Wieben, US Geological Survey

Jeff Fischer, US Geological Survey (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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