Sources on the Oil Spill

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.

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Impact on Wetlands and Plants

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-2008

pwbarnes@loyno.edu

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-2769

hauber@loyno.edu

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-3829

jordan@loyno.edu

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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 life, plants and wildlife

Office phone: (504) 865-2107

rathomas@loyno.edu

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-2770

dawhite@loyno.edu

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Impact on Wildlife (back to top)

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Craig S. Hood, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairperson of Biological Sciences

Expertise: conservation biology, ecology

Can speak on: general oil spill impact on vertebrates and invertebrates and coastal ecosystems

Office phone: (504) 865-2193

chood@loyno.edu

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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 life, plants and wildlife

Office phone: (504) 865-2107

rathomas@loyno.edu

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Impact on Marine Life (back to top)

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-3829

jordan@loyno.edu

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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 life, plants and wildlife

Office phone: (504) 865-2107

rathomas@loyno.edu

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-2548

wee@loyno.edu

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Impact on Business/Tourism (back to top)

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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

Office phone: (504) 864-7959

christnr@loyno.edu

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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

Office phone: (504) 831-3730

cfsunda@loyno.edu

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Impact on Fishing/Seafood Industry

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-3829

jordan@loyno.edu

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Dispersants and Chemicals (back to top)

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Kurt Birdwhistell, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Expertise: inorganic chemistry, green chemistry

Can speak on: chemical reactions with the oil, dispersants

Office phone: (504) 865-3272

birdwhist@loyno.edu

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Health Concerns (back to top)

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Ann Cary, Ph.D.

Professor of Nursing and Director of the School of Nursing

Expertise: nursing administration, environmental health

Can speak on: health effects resulting from the oil spill

Office phone: (504) 865-2579

ahcary@loyno.edu

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Political Issues Surrounding the Spill (back to top)

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-2299

pburns@loyno.edu

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-2492

scain@loyno.edu

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Governance and Accountability (back to top)

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Vincenzo Sainato, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Program Director, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Expertise: critical incident and disaster analysis, governance and accountability

Can speak on: accountability and oversight of government agencies involved with oil spill or economic impacts

Office phone: (504) 865-2665

vsainato@loyno.edu

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Stock Market/Corporate Finance (back to top)

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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

Office phone: (504) 864-7959

christnr@loyno.edu

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Tax Issues and Bankruptcy (back to top)

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Patrick M. Lynch, C.P.A.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Expertise: fraud, forensic accounting, financial accounting, taxation, insurance

Can speak on: bankruptcy, accounting and related tax issues to oil spill

Office phone: (504) 864-7974

pmlynch@loyno.edu

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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

Office phone: (504) 861-5668

waneilso@loyno.edu

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BP Escrow Fund (back to top)

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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

Office phone: (504) 861-5743

mfcrusto@loyno.edu

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Oil Spill Claims and Liability (back to top)

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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

Office phone: (504) 861-5652

dciolino@loyno.edu

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Blaine G. LeCesne

Associate Professor of Law

Expertise: criminal law

Can speak on: tort or litigation issues related to the BP incident

Office phone: (504) 861-5676

blecesne@loyno.edu

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Denise M. Piliι, J.D.

Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Expertise: civil arbitration

Can speak on: mediating and/or arbitrating oil spill claims

Office phone: (504) 861-5697

dmpilie@loyno.edu

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Environmental Ethics/Politics (back to top)

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John Clark, Ph.D.

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

Office phone: (504) 865-2790

clark@loyno.edu

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Anthony Ladd, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

Expertise: socio-environmental impacts of environmental controversies and disasters on communities

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

Office phone: (504) 865-3640

aladd@loyno.edu

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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 life, plants and wildlife

Office phone: (504) 865-2107

rathomas@loyno.edu

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Crime and Disaster (back to top)

Rae Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Expertise: lethal and non-lethal intimate partner violence and other violent crimes, societal and organizational responses to violent crime, social inequalities, research methodology, and criminological and sociological theory

Can speak on: domestic violence in the context of disaster, including the hightened risk factors associated with disaster experience

Office phone: (504) 865-2041

rtaylor@loyno.edu

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William Thornton, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

Expertise: crime/criminology, tourist crime victimization, robbery, murder, domestic violence, death sentence/penalty, criminal justice policy, violent crime

Can speak on: crime in the contest of disaster; disaster rape, victimization of relief workers

Office phone: (504) 865-2134

thornton@loyno.edu

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Disaster Management (back to top)

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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

Office phone: (504) 861-5743

mfcrusto@loyno.edu

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Vincenzo Sainato, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Program Director, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Expertise: critical incident and disaster analysis, governance and accountability

Can speak on: accountability and oversight of government agencies involved with oil spill or economic impacts

Office phone: (504) 865-2665

vsainato@loyno.edu

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Sociological Impacts (back to top)

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Anthony Ladd, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

Expertise: socio-environmental impacts of environmental controversies and disasters on communities

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

Office phone: (504) 865-3640

aladd@loyno.edu

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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

Office phone: (504) 861-5424

woods@loyno.edu

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Media and Oil Spill Coverage (back to top)

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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

Office phone: (504) 865-3632

zemmels@loyno.edu

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