Dr. IAN RAPER, D LITT ET PHIL, Chairman – Laeo’s International Science Advisory Board

ian-raperDr. Raper is the President of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3).  Additionally, he is the Chair of the Scientific Editors Forum of South Africa (SEFSA).  Dr. Raper has helped to guide a number of our campaigns and initiatives, most notably our work to prevent the unnecessary culling of over 3,000 elephants, as well as our informational publications.

Dr. PAUL SAMMARCO – Chairman of LAEO U.S. Science and Tech Advisory Board

SammarcoDr. Sammarco is a Professor at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Chauvin, Louisiana, USA who has been conducting research on coral reef ecology for over 40 years, in the western Atlantic (Caribbean, Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, and the Bahamas) and on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. He has over 235 publications and has served as an Assistant Professor at Clarkson University (NY), a senior research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and Executive Director and a Research Professor at LUMCON. He also served as the Director of Environmental Research for the Resource Assessment Commission, Dept. of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia for several years (PM’s personal commission on key natural resource and environmental issues), providing Dr. Sammarco with intensive training and experience in government policy and decision making. He is currently Executive Director of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC), Chairman of the State Commission for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center (SLWDC), Associate Editor of Aquatic Biology. He was also an editor for Marine Ecology Progress Series and Marine Biology (Berlin) for 6 yrs each, consecutively. His Ph.D. is in ecology and evolution, but has conducted interdisciplinary work with numerous collaborators in biophysics; natural products chemistry and chemical ecology; geology – stable isotope geochemistry, bio-erosion, and reef growth processes; meteorology – climate change, sea surface temperatures, and prediction of coral bleaching; mathematics – analytical modeling; and oil spill remediation techniques.

Merlin Yockstick

  • merlin-yockstickAuthor – Instructional Designer – Co-Founder of Blue Planet Groupe, & Refounding a BOLD America.
  • Activist in health care and social, economic, environmental sustainability challenges and adaptability.
  • Merlin’s focus is on the fundamentals of Societies and Civilization – Water/Food-Agriculture/Health and Education and has a Massive Transformative Purpose to engage youth, community and business leaders in “building smart communities and a more evolved world from the bottom up.”
  • Merlin is a new water scientist and is credited with creating a new category of “functional” and wellness water for the bottled water industry in the mid 90’s. He is the co-author of a new book The Water Solution which introduces technology capable of solving global water scarcity. He is also committed to disrupting the existing bottled water industry by improving its quality, its delivery and by replacing plastic packaging with a zero-carbon, plant-based compostable packaging.
  • Member of Smart Growth America, U.S Water Alliance and Escape Fire • USA – the Fight to Rescue American Health
  • Member and Active Participant in the Singularity University HUB group that is advancing the Exponential Growth of Information Technology.

Trained as an educator and in instructional design, Merlin is credited with re-inventing the educational text book in 1973 and from 73-90 published interactive and graphic-based social studies, science and reading/language arts materials for grades k-12 in the US and Canada. Merlin understands the fundamentals and nature of learning and is committed to the advancement of 21st Century education and lifelong learning in our nation’s schools, organizations and communities. His love for nature and commitment to the stewardship of our Blue and Water Planet is the central theme of his vision for business and humanitarian endeavors 2016 and beyond.


Marynette-HerndonMs. Herndon has a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering and is a Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM) and a Registered Environmental Manager (REM).  She has managed remediation projects for surface spills, groundwater cleanup and bio-remediation projects as well as recycling and federal compliance for corporate, commercial nuclear, and Department of Energy nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. For five years, she represented the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) interests with Louisiana and Texas state regulators at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (a terminal and six storage facilities for one billion barrels of crude oil). While there, she won the National DOE Pollution Prevention Award for Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Recycling as well as the Louisiana Governor’s Environmental Leadership Award and the DOE Certificate of Appreciation for Mentoring Suppliers & Small Companies to Prevent Pollution.

Additionally, she was the Environmental Operations Manager for cleanup and closure of the Yankee Rowe nuclear plant where she managed sampling, characterization and cleanup of PCBs, PAH, Dioxin, petroleum, lead and other heavy metals on the 12 acre industrial site.  She also managed the characterization of PCB disposition within a 30,000 cu. ft. landfill on Yankee Row property and, introduced Thermal Desorption Technology, saving 1.8 million dollars in hazardous waste shipping costs.

Marynette has consulted at several Superfund sites around the country, training workers on environmental regulations and clean-up methodologies.

She is currently consulting with Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho National Lab near Idaho Falls, Idaho for radioactive materials and approximately three thousand chemicals.


ALEX-NICHOLSON-236x300Alex obtained both a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing and Finance.  He has over 45 years experience in all aspects of Mechanical Engineering, including detailed design, finite element modeling, steady state and transient thermal stress, high cycle and low cycle fatigue analysis.  He is experienced in advanced metallurgy, specialty diffusion and plasma spray coatings, new product development, testing and manufacturing, quality assurance, marketing, sales and product support of high-tech industrial products in the U.S. and abroad.  His management experience includes middle and senior management positions, such as VP Marketing and Sales, both in a successful startup company and in large corporations.  Recently as a senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he was involved in the Mars Rover Curiosity and various Space Satellite projects. He has written a long list of technical articles covering a wide range of manufacturing, engineering, and product development.

With respect to projects, current and in the recent past, he has been conducting interdisciplinary studies examining coral communities associated with oil/gas platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico in association with the U.S. Dept. of Interior Minerals Management Service/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement for over 10 yrs. He has determined sources and sinks of coral larvae and documented and quantified the expansion of coral populations throughout the northern Gulf via these platforms. He has also conducted deep-water reconnaissance on these platforms and toppled structures used as artificial reefs (“Rigs-to-Reefs” program), and has determined the degree of genetic connectivity between populations of major coral species in this region. He has also developed statistical techniques by which to predict coral bleaching at intermediate SSTs, based on temperature trend data as well as techniques by which to hind-cast periods of seawater cooling through the microstructure of coral skeletons. His present studies include the effects of climate change and global warming on coral reefs at the cellular level within the coral hosts and their symbionts. These effects include changes in global climatic regions and predicted regions of coral extinction. Another current project is coral species that have invaded the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific, as part of continuing studies on coral dispersal, recruitment processes, and reef-regeneration processes. He has also become heavily involved with environmental issues resulting from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


richard-warbyDr. Warby graduated from Natal University in South Africa with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a U.S. coursework Masters equivalent in Pure Chemistry. Dr. Warby got his M.Sc. degree in Soil Science from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University in upstate New York. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal looking at the remediation of rehabilitated mine soils. Dr. Warby’s research focuses on the development of analytical techniques for environmental samples with complex matrices, and the development/application of QAQC procedures in environmental chemistry. Specifically, he is interested in how northeast forest soils and surface waters respond to changes in atmospheric deposition and climate. He is also developing various analytical methods including: a non-lethal method to sample and analyze avian adipose tissue for Persistent Organic Pollutants; detect, identify, and quantify TCE and its metabolites in genetically modified plants used in phytoremediation; and qualitatively identify VOCs emitted from plants.

Dr. Warby has 17 years of experience working in an analytical or synthetic chemistry laboratory and he worked as an environmental engineer specializing in sample collection and data analysis before returning to academia. Dr. Warby also owns an environmental consulting and education company, The Warby Group LLC, specializing in QAQC, data validation, and general environmental education for universities and private industry.


JEANNE-PASCALWhile in college and law school Jeanne volunteered much of her time to non-profits and a veterinary clinic, working tirelessly to oppose vivisection, protect our environment and wild habitats, rescue horses and donkeys, and to change the laws in Washington state so that animal cruelty became (and is now) a felony. Upon graduating from law school at University of Memphis, TN, Jeanne moved to Washington state to practice environmental law. She went to work for the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney and eventually wound up at EPA where she was an Assistant Regional Counsel for approximately 10 years. In the early 1990s, Jeanne transferred to the EPA Suspension and Debarment Division where she handled cases for EPA Regions 8 and 10 (CO, ND, SD, MT, Utah, WY, WA, AK, OR and ID) overseeing governmental grantees and contractors.

Retiring after 25 years with EPA, Jeanne followed her lifelong passion for the care and protection of animals and is currently the President of the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center and an Advisor to the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization (LAEO).


For 33 years, from 1976 to 2010, Ms. Hilgard served as a senior Toxicologist, Risk Assessor, and Technical Review Panelist for the U.S. EPA based in Washington, D.C.  Among many impressive accomplishments during her tenure with the EPA, she developed health and environmental criteria for acceptable fragrance ingredients to be used in commercial cleaning product formulations, published (2013) by EPA under the Green Chemistry Program.  Pat co-chaired the Risk Assessment Training Program, covering such topics as green chemistry and engineering, emerging chemical issues, new and alternative testing methodologies, and the analysis and interpretation of genomic studies for their application in new chemical reviews and determinations, life-cycle accounting and economics related to chemical substitutes and affordability of proposed testing; represented EPA regulatory perspective while serving as an Editor for the Risk Assessment section of the Journal of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (JSETAC).  Other career highlights were her participation in environmental programming of the Woodrow Wilson International Center including the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, and with the Wilson Center, US AID, and EPA on issues of China, India, and Africa.


John-TurleyJohn Turley’s early resume includes Phillips Petroleum, Fluor Ocean Services, Tenneco Oil Company, and Marietta College (professor, petroleum engineering).  During the next twenty-five years with Marathon Oil Company, he held responsibilities as Gulf Coast drilling manager, U.K. operations manager, manager of worldwide drilling, and VP of engineering & technology.  His academics include petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, ocean engineering at the University of Miami, and executive education at Harvard Business School.

After early retirement from Marathon, John focused on writing mystery novels, though that second career changed the day after BP’s April 2010 blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty-nine months after the event that never should have happened, Turley completed his research and published THE SIMPLE TRUTH: BP’s Macondo Blowout. The fact driven novel and nonfiction Epilogue are about the drilling of the 3 1/2 mile deep well and the engineering, operating, and human causes of the catastrophe.  A simple message forms the foundation of John’s book and his professional speaking engagements, which he takes to audiences touched by the disaster, and to engineering students, and the media, and environmentalists, and to his oil-and-gas colleagues around the world:

“Only if we understand and care about the cause of BP’s Macondo blowout will we know why it should not have happened and why it should never happen again.”


david-wrightDr. David Wright is the President of Environmental Research Services. Dr. Wright has a long and impressive history as an Environmental Toxicologist with a niche expertise in the testing of ballast water discharge for enforcement of the International Ballast Water Convention standards. His company, Environmental Research Services (ERS), is primarily involved with providing information and biological and chemical analytical services.  He has worked in the field of physiological effects of trace metals and petroleum hydrocarbons; toxicity bioassays; environmental risk assessments; effects of UV light on aquatic organisms; physical/chemical anti-fouling strategies; control of non-indigenous aquatic species; natural product biocides; and water treatment technologies. In 2010 he was Senior Scientist aboard two vessels monitoring the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a career spanning more than forty years he has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and books on aspects of environmental physiology and toxicology involving trace metals, petroleum hydrocarbons and non-indigenous species control.

He holds three patents on water treatment technology.


KEVIN-BURKE-HEAD-SHOTKevin Burke is the CEO of Wiseman & Burke, Inc., a Los Angeles based firm that handles the business and financial affairs of entertainment professionals and other high income/high net worth individuals.  As one of the premier financial strategists to some of the biggest names in Hollywood for 30 years, Mr. Burke has dealt with sophisticated and complex business and financial matters on both a domestic and international basis. Mr. Burke lives in Los Angeles where he devotes his “free” time to his family and pro bono work for several non-profit, social betterment activities.


Lito-AvlonitiLito Avloniti is an established and accomplished designer. She has created art to further humanitarian causes in the field of human rights, drug prevention and Cooperative Ecology®. Her art is in use in over 2,900 schools and in 170 countries where several million copies of her work have been distributed to educate and aid those whose rights were violated or who were affected by drug proliferation. She has worked with numerous non-profit organizations and government agencies such as the School Safety Police and the General Prosecutor’s Office in Mexico, the Los Angeles Sheriff Department and HITDA, a branch in the Executive Office of the U.S. President. She also has created art for A-list celebrities in the movie industry that embrace humanitarian causes. She has an innate appreciation of the acute urgency to effectively deal with environmental destruction in a fashion that also enhances human life and prosperity. Her valuable skill and ability to bring subjects to life through aesthetics are a vital asset to LAEO’s mission.


ANDREA-CHALUPAAndrea Chalupa is a journalist and the author of Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm. She has written for TIME, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and Forbes. Some of the institutions where she has spoken include Columbia University, McGill University, and the National Press Club in Washington, DC. She is a founder of DigitalMaidan, an online movement that made the Ukrainian protests the #1 trending topic on Twitter worldwide. Her first screenplay, about George Orwell struggling to publish Animal Farm, the book that made him famous, is in development in Europe.

Dr. William (Bill) A. Adams – Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Ottawa 

bill-adamsDr. Adams has conducted fieldwork in both the Canadian western and eastern Arctic and has visited the Arctic on many occasions and participated in Arctic exercises of the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) and is familiar with these regions. He has worked on Arctic science specializing in lake and sea ice properties including physical and biological.  He was a research scientist with Environment Canada where he participated as a principal investigator in the Beaufort Sea Project experimental oil spill trials in the Beaufort Sea.

Bill also acts as a Chief Technical Advisor in the Electric Car industry, he was a senior advisor for the International Energy Agency Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Exploratory Battery and Supercapacitor Research Program

More recently, he was responsible for directing the Defence Science Advisory Board (DSAB), a private sector body that reports to the Deputy Minister and Chief of Defence Staff at DND, on developments in the area of Arctic related studies.

Dr. Adams is currently VP, Strategic Planning for RESTCO that was formed in 2010 (see RESTCO has been actively working to identify and commercialize oil spill remediation technologies especially for Arctic conditions. Dr Adams is the Canadian Lead for the Environmental Monitoring Working Group of the Arctic Operations standards program of the International Standards Organization. Dr. Adams is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization.

Bryan Bjorndal President and CEO of Assure Controls.

bryan-bjorndalAssure Controls is a company founded by Bryan based on patented technology which provides fast and accurate testing of harmful contaminant levels in water samples.  The innovation was developed by the US Navy researchers in San Diego, and uses sensitive marine plankton as a biosensor, indicating biologically harmful levels of inorganic and organic chemicals in water samples; much faster than laboratory methods that have been used for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Santa Clara University and studied at the University of California, Berkeley’s Bodega Marine Laboratory.  Bryan has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. He served as a Marine Researcher for the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources as a member of the United States Peace Corps in the Philippines.

  • Bryan is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Maritime Alliance (in San Diego), and serves on the Board of Directors for CleanTECH San Diego, and is on the Biotech Industrial Advisory Board for Mira Costa College.
  • In 2016, Bryan became a director of Blue Ballast Solutions, based in France; a company based on ballast water comprehensive services for France and the Mediterranean; he founded the BlueTech Expert Team (BTET) an environmental consultancy based in the UK; and he helped establish the Consortium for Invasive Species Management (CISM), a non-profit organization for the business of ballast water management initiatives to the maritime industry.

John F. Bratton, PhD – Senior Scientist-Limno Tech

john-brattonJohn F. Bratton, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at LimnoTech with broad expertise in earth and environmental sciences, including successful leadership of projects involving large ecosystem restoration with a nutrient reduction focus, remedial investigation/remedial design for contaminated sites, and litigation support. He has worked as a consultant, researcher, educator, and science manager for over 25 years, especially in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions, and has contributed to over 100 scientific publications and research presentations. His specialties include Atlantic coastal and glacial geology, groundwater-surface water interaction and contaminant transformations, freshwater and ocean sediment geochemistry, environmental history on decade to century scales, and environmental law and policy.

John previously served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, and as a research group leader with the Coastal and Marine Geology Program of the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

John R. Wolfe, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

john-wolfeJohn is a Vice President at LimnoTech, managing corporate efforts to expand scientific and technical capacity through innovation and training. He has managed projects involving fate and transport of contaminants, site investigation, discharge to surface waters under NPDES and industrial pretreatment permits, effects of CSOs on water quality, energy-water issues, and environmental economics. He has extensive expertise in surface water quality modeling, including contaminated sediments, wastewater treatment, and permitting; and groundwater protection, and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer in the specialty area of Hazardous Waste Management. Prior to his career in engineering, John worked for 13 years as an economist, including 11 years as a university professor. He served as a member of the Committee on Sediment Dredging at Superfund Megasites of the National Research Council of the National Academies. John also now resides in the Los Angeles, California area, and is seeking to expand LimnoTech’s services to West Coast clients.

Dr. Ian Stewart

i-g-stewart-photoAssistant Professor of Humanities at the University of King’s College (Halifax, Canada), and is an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Classics, Dalhousie University (Halifax). He has served as Director of the History of Science and Technology Programme at King’s, and also teaches in the King’s Foundation Year Programme. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Trent University, and in the field of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology he holds an MA from University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is active nationally and internationally in the field of early modern history and philosophy of science. Recent work has focussed on contemporary uses of environmental science and technology analysis at the intersection of industry practice, government regulations and public engagement in the resource extraction industries. He is a research member of the Environmental Information: use and influence ( within the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University.

CHRISTOPHER IVESVice-President Technology, RESTCo Inc.

christopher-ivesHonours Graduate 1965 in Mechanical Sciences, Cambridge UK – Postgrad studies in Industrial Administration. 5 year Scholarship Apprentice 1961-66 Nuclear Power Plants, Mining Equipment, Turbo-Generator manufacture. Engineer-scientist with broad background in Energy, Transportation, and Housing (in Canada, UK and Europe).

A skilled designer/builder/project-manager of prototype/demonstration/production systems, and test equipment.

Peter A. G. Russell – Acting President and CEO of RestCo

peter-russellPeter Russell is a Professional Engineer whose experience straddles the fields of Industrial Engineering and Building Technology and is backed by a long-time commitment to seeking paths to greater sustainability.

After graduating in Mechanical Engineering, and then obtaining a master’s degree in Production Engineering, at Birmingham University in the UK, Peter pursued a career in manufacturing industries in the UK and Canada.

During 19 years at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in Ottawa he managed the contracting and research into a very broad range of topics, including solar energy systems, indoor air quality, basement structures, composite wood structures, mechanical systems, district heating, prefabricated housing, foundation systems for Arctic housing, life-cycle costing of houses, and embodied energy of building materials. This mix of experience formed the basis for his role as one of the principals involved in establishing CMHC’c Healthy Housing initiative.

He was appointed as Canada’s representative on the International Energy Agency (IEA) Future Buildings Forum, an international body required to identify energy- and building-related research priorities. He has chaired 13-nation IEA Annex 31 – Energy Related Environmental Impact of Buildings, bringing together leading expertise. He was vice-chair of the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) committee on Heat Recovery Ventilators, and also served on CSA’s committee set up to establish a ventilation standard.

LAUREN HEINE, PhD. – Executive Director, Northwest Green Chemistry

lauren-heineDr. Lauren Heine applies the principles and practices of green chemistry, green engineering and multi-stakeholder collaboration leading to systemic changes and innovation to enhance human and environmental health. She co-authored and led the development of GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals, the leading method for comparative chemical hazard assessment currently used by a growing number of NGOs, governments and manufacturers of products ranging from chemicals to electronics, apparel and footwear. For the OECD, she drafted Policy Principles for Sustainable Materials Management.

Lauren is currently serving on the Apple Green Chemistry Advisory Board, which is tasked with advancing Apple’s efforts to minimize or eliminate toxins from its products and supply chain.  Lauren served on the California Green Ribbon Science Panel and worked closely with the USEPA Design for the Environment Program (DfE) and stakeholders to develop the DfE Criteria for the Safer Choice Program and Criteria for Alternatives Assessment. She served as technical advisor for the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Alternatives Assessment Guide and co-chaired the buyers tool development subcommittee for Wal-Mart’s Chemical Intensive Products Network. From 2003-2007, Lauren created and led the development of CleanGredients™, a web-based information platform for identifying greener cleaning chemicals in partnership with DfE. Lauren co-founded the Zero Waste Alliance in Portland, OR.  Prior to that, Lauren was a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Green Chemistry Program at the US EPA and taught Organic Chemistry labs at Bowdoin College. Lauren publishes and speaks frequently on green chemistry metrics, alternatives assessment and science-based multi-stakeholder processes. As an author for the university textbook, Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3rd ed., she integrated sustainability and green design concepts into the Environmental Engineering curriculum. Lauren earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.

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