Ron Tjeerdema named to NAS committee on dispersants for oil spills

Posted: 05.30.2017

Ronald Tjeerdema, CA&ES Associate Dean for Environmental Sciences, has been named to a select committee for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that will evaluate the use of dispersants in future oil spills.

Accolades “I am looking forward to contributing my 30 years of experience in oil spill research,” said Tjeerdema, who is a professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and also holds the Donald G. Crosby Endowed Chair in Environmental Chemistry.

 Tjeerdema is internationally recognized for his research on oil spills and the effects of chemical dispersants on marine organisms. His research on oil spills and dispersants resulted in the development of widely used standardized methods for toxicity assessment.

 The high-profile NAS Committee on the Evaluation of the Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spill Response will influence oil spill response for many years to come. Its first meeting will be in Washington, D.C. in June.

 Tjeerdema previously served on a number of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration panels advising on the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath. In addition, he has provided testimony to congressional and legislative committees on dispersant use and toxicology.