Dr. Jacqueline Michel, President of Research Planning, Inc., is a geochemist with 36 years of experience in spill planning, response, and assessment.
Much of her expertise has come from being part of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Scientific Support Team that is on 24-hr call to support the US Coast Guard nationwide, since 1978.
Having worked in 33 countries, she has also extensive international experience and has worked in many different coastal and marine environments.
One of her areas of special interest is in the behavior and fate of submerged and sunken oils, having responded to spills where some or all of the oil did not float since 1991.
Dr. Michel has been recognized for her achievements through appointments to respected committees and panels, including four National Academies committees:
Spills of Nonfloating Oil (1999);
Oil in the Sea (2002);
Chairman of Spills of Emulsified Fuels: Risks and Response (2001);
Chairman of Committee on Understanding Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects (2005).
She was on the Oceans Studies Board for 2001-2005 and is a Lifetime Associate of the National Academies. She was on the Science Advisory Panel to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. She has written over 200 technical reports and publications.