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Loyola offers oil spill experts

Loyola press release - July 1, 2010

Loyola faculty members are available to speak on a number of topics related to the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Reporters needing assistance indentifying and securing an expert source may call the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888, or Meredith Hartley, director of Public Affairs and External Relations, at 504-722-6078 or mhartley@loyno.edu.

Topics: (click to choose)

Impact on Wetlands and Plants

BP Escrow Fund

Impact on Wildlife

Oil Spill Claims and Liability

Impact on Marine Life

Environmental Ethics/Politics

Impact on Business/Tourism

Disaster Management

Impact on Fishing/Seafood Industry

Sociological Impacts

Dispersants and Chemicals

Media and Oil Spill Coverage

Health Concerns

PR Response Issues

Stock Market/Corporate Finance

Political Issues Surrounding the Spill

Tax Issues and Bankruptcy


Impact on Wetlands and Plants

Paul Barnes, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences and the Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J., endowed Chair in Environmental Biology
Expertise: ecology, evolution, conservation, botany, environmental science
Can speak on: general impact of the oil spill on costal ecology
E-mail: pwbarnes@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2008
http://chn.loyno.edu/biology/faculty-staff/paul-barnes

Donald Hauber, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Expertise: plants and wetland exotic plants, common reed plants
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on wetland plants including the common reed
E-mail: hauber@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2769
http://chn.loyno.edu/biology/faculty-staff/donald-hauber

Frank Jordan, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Expertise: marine biology, ecology, fisheries
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on fisheries, marine biology and coastal ecosystems
E-mail: jordan@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-3829
http://chn.loyno.edu/biology/faculty-staff/frank-jordan

Robert A. “Bob” Thomas, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Environmental Communications and Loyola Chair of Environmental Communications
Expertise: environmental communications, environmental politics, policy development
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on the coastal region, marine, plant and wildlife
E-mail: rathomas@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2107
http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/faculty-staff/robert-thomas

David A. White, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Expertise: ecology, environmental issues, wetland loss, wetland plants, plant ecology
Can speak on: general impact of the oil spill on wetlands and plants
E-mail: dawhite@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2770
http://chn.loyno.edu/biology/faculty-staff/david-white

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Impact on Wildlife

Craig S. Hood, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences
Expertise: conservation biology, ecology
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on vertebrates and invertebrates and coastal ecosystems
E-mail: chood@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2193
http://chn.loyno.edu/biology/faculty-staff/craig-s-hood

Robert A. “Bob” Thomas, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Environmental Communications and Loyola Chair of Environmental Communications
Expertise: environmental communications, environmental politics, policy development
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on the coastal region, marine, plant and wildlife
E-mail: rathomas@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2107
http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/faculty-staff/robert-thomas

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Impact on Marine Life

Frank Jordan, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Expertise: marine biology, ecology, fisheries
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on fisheries, marine biology and coastal ecosystems
E-mail: jordan@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-3829
http://chn.loyno.edu/biology/faculty-staff/frank-jordan

Robert A. “Bob” Thomas, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Environmental Communications and Loyola Chair of Environmental Communications
Expertise: environmental communications, environmental politics, policy development
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on the coastal region, marine, plant and wildlife
E-mail: rathomas@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2107
http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/faculty-staff/robert-thomas

James Wee, Ph.D., Provost Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
Expertise: phytoplankton ecology, phycology (algae), environmental issues
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on phytoplankton
E-mail: wee@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2548
http://chn.loyno.edu/biology/faculty-staff/james-wee

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Impact on Business/Tourism

Ronald Christner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance
Expertise: stock market, investments, empirical study of profit opportunities on the gold platinum future spread, diversification of stock portfolios using future spreads, real estate.
Can speak on: stock market, corporate finance and pension fund and other financial related issues to oil spill
E-mail: ronchristner@cba.loyno.edu
Office: 504-864-7959
http://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/ron-christner

Carmen Sunda, M.B.A., Director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for the Greater New Orleans Region
Expertise: marketing research, small business management, business planning
Can speak on: BP claims process, small business impact
E-mail: cfsunda@loyno.edu
Office: 504- 831-3730
http://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/carmen-sunda

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Impact on Fishing/Seafood Industry

Frank Jordan, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Expertise: marine biology, ecology, fisheries
Can speak on: general oil spill impact on fisheries, marine biology and coastal ecosystems
E-mail: jordan@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-3829
http://chn.loyno.edu/biology/faculty-staff/frank-jordan

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Dispersants and Chemicals

Kurt Birdwhistell, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
Expertise: inorganic chemistry, green chemistry
Can speak on: chemical reactions with the oil, dispersants
E-mail: birdwhist@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-3272
http://chn.loyno.edu/chemistry/faculty-staff/kurt-birdwhistell

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Health Concerns

Ann Cary, Ph.D., D.N.P., Director of the School of Nursing and Professor of Nursing
Expertise: nursing administration, environmental health
Can speak on: health effects resulting from the oil spill
E-mail: ahcary@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2579
http://css.loyno.edu/nursing/faculty-staff/ann-h-cary

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Stock Market/Corporate Finance

Ronald Christner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance
Expertise: stock market, investments, empirical study of profit opportunities on the gold platinum future spread, diversification of stock portfolios using future spreads, real estate.
Can speak on: stock market, corporate finance and pension fund and other financial related issues to oil spill
E-mail: ronchristner@cba.loyno.edu
Office: 504-864-7959
http://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/ron-christner

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Tax Issues and Bankruptcy

Patrick M. Lynch, C.P.A., Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting
Expertise: fraud, forensic accounting, financial accounting, taxation, insurance
Can speak on: bankruptcy, accounting and related tax issues to oil spill
E-mail: pmlynch@loyno.edu
Office: 504-864-7974
http://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/patrick-lynch

William Neilson, LL.M., Associate Professor of Law
Expertise: taxation, business law, successions, trusts, estates
Can speak on: tax issues related to payments BP is making to various third parties
E-mail: waneilso@loyno.edu
Office: 504-861-5668
http://law.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/william-neilson

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BP Escrow Fund

Mitchell Crusto, J.D., Professor of Law
Expertise: civil rights, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, insurance, Louisiana law, real estate, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court.
Can speak on: disaster and environmental management, BP escrow fund
E-mail: mfcrusto@loyno.edu
Office: 504-861-5743
http://law.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/mitchell-f-crusto

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Oil Spill Claims and Liability

Dane Ciolino, J.D., Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professor of Law
Expertise:legal and judicial ethics.
Can speak on: criminal responsibility, civil lawsuits and liability surrounding oil spill
E-mail: dciolino@gmail.com
http://lalegalethics.org/?page_id=2/~dciolino

Blaine Lecesne, Associate Professor of Law
Expertise: Torts, Criminal law, Louisiana civil procedure
Can speak on: Tort or litigation issues related to the BP incident.
E-mail: blecesne@loyno.edu
Office: 504- 861-5676
http://law.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/blaine-g-lecesne

Denise M. Pilié, J.D., Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Expertise: civil arbitration
Can speak on: mediating and/or arbitrating oil spill claims.
E-mail: dmpilie@loyno.edu
Office: 504- 861-5697
http://law.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/denise-m-pili%C3%83%C2%A9

Carmen Sunda, M.B.A., Director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center for the Greater New Orleans Region
Expertise: marketing research, small business management, business planning
Can speak on: BP claims process, small business impact
E-mail: cfsunda@loyno.edu
Office: 504- 831-3730
http://www.business.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/carmen-sunda

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Environmental Ethics/Politics

John Clark, Ph.D., the Gregory F. Curtin Distinguished Professor in Humane Letters and the Professions, and Professor of Philosophy
Expertise: environmental philosophy, environmental ethics, social ethics, and political ecology
Can speak on: social and environmental ethics of the oil spill
E-mail: clark@loyno.edu
Office 504-865-2790
http://chn.loyno.edu/philosophy/faculty-staff/john-p-clark

Anthony Ladd, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology
Expertise: ecology and environmental sciences, environmental justice, environmental politics, global ecological problems
Can speak on: socio-economic impacts of the spill and its comparisons to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the oil industry, its history in dealing with accidents, dependency on fossil fuels
E-mail: aladd@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-3640
http://css.loyno.edu/sociology/faculty-staff/anthony-e-ladd

Robert A. “Bob” Thomas, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Environmental Communications and Loyola Chair of Environmental Communications
Expertise: environmental communications, environmental politics, policy development
Can speak on: environmental politics, policy development, general oil spill impact on the coastal region
E-mail: rathomas@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2107
http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/faculty-staff/robert-thomas

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Disaster Management

Mitchell Crusto, J.D., Professor of Law
Expertise: civil rights, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, insurance, Louisiana law, real estate, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court.
Can speak on: disaster and environmental management, BP escrow fund
E-mail: mfcrusto@loyno.edu
Office: 504-861-5743
http://law.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/mitchell-f-crusto

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Sociological Impacts

Anthony Ladd, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology
Expertise: ecology and environmental sciences, environmental justice, environmental politics, global ecological problems
Can speak on: socio-economic impacts of the spill and its comparisons to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the oil industry, its history in dealing with accidents, dependency on fossil fuels
E-mail: aladd@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-3640
http://css.loyno.edu/sociology/faculty-staff/anthony-e-ladd

Jeanne Woods, J.D., Henry F. Bonura, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law
Expertise: civil liberties, national security
Can speak on: human rights dimensions of the oil spill
E-mail: woods@loyno.edu
Office: 504- 861-5424
http://law.loyno.edu/faculty-staff/jeanne-m-woods

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Media and Oil Spill Coverage

Cathy Rogers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mass Communication
Expertise: Public relations
Can speak on: PR tactics pertaining to the oil crisis used by BP and media
E-mail: crogers@loyno.edu
Office: 504- 865-2333
http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/faculty-staff/j-cathy-rogers

David Zemmels, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Digital Communication and Director of Digital Technology
Expertise: communications, mass communication, popular culture, technology
Can speak on: general implications that media and social network technology has on the oil spill
E-mail: zemmels@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-3632
http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/faculty-staff/david-zemmels

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PR Response Issues

Cathy Rogers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mass Communication
Expertise: Public relations
Can speak on: PR tactics pertaining to the oil crisis used by BP and media
E-mail: crogers@loyno.edu
Office: 504- 865-2333
http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/faculty-staff/j-cathy-rogers

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Political Issues Surrounding the Spill

Peter Burns, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science
Expertise: politics, elections and polls, Louisiana politics, public policy, urban issues
Can speak on: politics of the oil spill
E-mail: pburns@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2299
http://css.loyno.edu/polisci/faculty-staff/peter-burns

Sean Cain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science
Expertise: politics, campaigns and elections, American national politics
Can speak on: politics of the oil spill
E-mail: scain@loyno.edu
Office: 504-865-2492
http://css.loyno.edu/polisci/faculty-staff/sean-cain

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