LMU Faculty Experts Available for Continuing Orange County Oil Spill Coverage

Loyola Marymount University has faculty experts available to speak with journalists for their continuing coverage of the massive Orange County oil spill.

Professors specializing in water quality, the economy and the ports, marine biology, coastal ecosystems, and more can add context and commentary to news stories. These experts can be reached by calling LMU’s Media Line at 310.258.INFO, or emailing news@lmu.edu.

John Dorsey is professor emeritus of civil engineering and environmental science, and specializes in watershed management, water quality, marine biology, coastal marine habitats and pollution ecology. Dorsey can comment on the oil spill’s effects on plankton, sea bottom, sandy beach intertidal, and wetland marine communities.

Tom Ford is co-executive director of LMU’s Coastal Research Institute and a senior lecturer in the Environmental Science Program. He is chief executive officer of The Bay Foundation and director of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program. Ford has studied kelp forest restoration, abalone recovery and coastal climate change vulnerability and resilience, and served for 10 years on the state’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response Technical Advisory Committee.

Karina Johnston is director of programs for the Coastal Research Institute and science director at The Bay Foundation, with expertise in restoration ecology and coastal resilience. She is leading multiple projects to restore and research the Santa Monica Bay’s coastal habitats, with a focus on beaches, dunes and wetlands.

Sung Won Sohn, professor of finance and economics, is an internationally known economist and president of SS Economics, a consulting firm focused on the U.S. economy and international trade in the Pacific Rim. He can comment on the oil spill’s potential impacts on the economy and the ports.

Eric Strauss is the President’s Professor of Biology and executive director of LMU’s Center for Urban Resilience. A frequent contributor to media coverage about animal behavior, science education and urban ecosystems, Strauss can discuss the ecology of species along the coastal areas impacted by the oil spill.