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Environmental expert available to comment on massive fish kill

Loyola press release - August 18, 2011

Robert Thomas, Ph.D., director of enviromental studies at Loyola University New Orleans will be available Thusday, Aug. 18 for interviews regarding the chemical spill into the Pearl River that killed massive amounts of fish and other aquatic wildlife. To set up an interview, please contact Matt Lambert at 504-861-5448 or mlambert@loyno.edu.

Robert A Thomas bio:

Robert A. Thomas is the director of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola. He was the founding director of the Louisiana Nature Center, where he served as community liaison for information pertaining to science education, environmental issues, and natural history.

Since the BP oil spill in 2010, Thomas has been a member of the Louisiana Office of Tourism’s Expert Bureau. He has led more than 200 post-Katrina recovery tours of the New Orleans area. Thomas is the past president of the Association of Nature Center Administrators, past chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and has served on the Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums.

Thomas is a recognized expert in his field and has been interviewed by several local, national and international media outlets including the BBC, National Public Radio, Fox News and Associated Press.