Dr. Elliott Taylor
Dr. Elliott Taylor is an oceanographer with 35 years of experience in oil spill response, marine geology and geotechnics, and marine environmental regulatory compliance. He began his career in oceanography in Baja California and has expanded it to worldwide projects with international academic and private organizations. His work has spanned marine environments from deep-sea programs in the Indian Ocean and Pacific to shelf and nearshore programs in the Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic, Central America and North Slope of Alaska. His involvement in marine environmental issues includes projects in environmental assessment, oil spill response, sediment quality and transport, coastal processes and marine geology.
Dr. Taylor has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in geology and oceanography. His extensive field and laboratory research includes studies of oil fate and persistence, beach to offshore sediment properties, stratigraphy, and oceanography. Since 1990, Dr. Taylor has been a full-time consultant and is recognized as a leader in the formulation of response planning organizations, development of contingency plans, and technical support for environmental issues in oil spill response. He has been responsible for the preparation and assessment of over 100 spill contingency and prevention plans for companies and operations throughout the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, South America, and Africa. Dr. Taylor was instrumental in developing the foundation for the plans and operations manuals of the certified Response Organizations across Canada.
Dr. Elliott Taylor was a key member of the shoreline-monitoring program for the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Today he continues to provide spill response support as a technical advisor in incident management, planning, shoreline clean-up monitoring, natural resources damage assessment, and environmental affairs. He is an active researcher in oil spill countermeasures and planning with recent contributions made to the American Petroleum Institute, Marine Spill Response Corp., and Environment Canada.
Texas A & M University, College Station: Ph.D., Oceanography, 1984
University of California, San Diego: Graduate Studies, 1977-1979
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico: B.Sc., Oceanography, 1977
POLARIS Applied Sciences, Inc., Associate, 1998-Present
TAYLOR Environmental and Marine Services, Inc., Principal, 1993-1998
Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Senior Project Scientist, 1989-1993
University of Washington: Visiting Scholar (oceanography) and Lecturer (geology), 1989
Texas A & M University: Ocean Drilling Program, Staff Scientist, and Dept. of Geology, Assistant Professor, 1984-1989; Dept. of Oceanography, Graduate Research Assistant, 1979-1984
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, Laboratory Assistant II, 1977-1979
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Teaching Assistant, 1973-1976
NAUI Open Water Advanced Diver
Dr. Taylor is the coauthor/editor of six books of Ocean Drilling Program results. He has also co-authored over 30 professional, refereed publications (a complete list of publications is available upon request)
Taylor, E., G. Challenger, J. Rios, J. Morris, M.W. McCarthy, and C. Brown, 2014. Dilbit Crude Oil Weathering on Brackish Water: Meso-scale Tests of Behavior and Spill Countermeasures. Proc. of the 35th Arctic Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response: June 3-5, 2014: Canmore (Alberta), Canada.
Taylor, E., M. Moyano, and A. Steen, 2014. Upgraded RETOS™: An International Tool to Assess Oil Spill Response Planning and Readiness. Proc. 2014 International Oil Spill Conference, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC. http://ioscproceedings.org/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2014.1.1353
Michel, J, E.H. Owens, S. Zengel, A. Graham, Z. Nixon, T. Allard, W. Holton, P.D. Reimer, A. Lamarche, M. White, N. Rutherford, C. Childs, G. Mauseth, G. Challenger, E. TAYLOR, Extent and Degree of Shoreline Oiling: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico, USA. PLOS One: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0065087
TAYLOR, E., Ramos, J. and Coatanroch, G., 2012. National Contingency Planning and IMO Workshops in the Caribbean Region. Proc. 2012 Interspill Conference. London, UK. 5pp.
Santner, R, Cocklin-Vendl, M., Stong, B., Michel, J., Owens, E., and TAYLOR, E., 2011. The Deep Water Horizon MC252-Macondo Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Program. . Proc. 2011 International Oil Spill Conference, Washington, DC.
Owens, E., TAYLOR, E., and Graham, A., 2011. Sand beach treatment studies and field trials conducted during the Deepwater Horizon-Macondo Response Operations. Proc. 2011 International Oil Spill Conference, Washington, DC.
Owens, E.H., TAYLOR, E., O’Connell, K. and Smith, C., 2009. Waste Management Guidelines for Remote (Arctic) Regions. Proceedings 32nd Arctic and Marine Oilspill Programme (AMOP) Technical Seminar, Ottawa, ON, 155-166.
Owens, E.H., TAYLOR, E. and Humphrey, B., 2008. The Persistence and Character of Stranded Oil on Coarse-sediment Beaches. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56(1), 14-26.
Owens, E.H. and TAYLOR, E., 2007. Guidelines to Evaluate Oil Spill Contingency Plan Adequacy, Response Competency, and Sustained Readiness. Proceedings Asia Pacific Health, Safety, Security and Environment Conference and Exhibition, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Richardson, TX, 6 pp.
Owens, E.H. TAYLOR, E. and Parker-Hall, H.A., 2007. Spill Site Investigation in Environmental Forensic Investigations. In Oil Spill Environmental Forensics, eds. Z. Wang and S. A. Stout, Academic Press, 55-72.
Owens, E.H., TAYLOR, E., and Hale, B. 2003. Oceanographic Studies in Harrison Bay and the Colville River Delta, Alaska, to Support the Development of Spill Response Strategies. Proceedings 26th Arctic Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar, Environment Canada, Ottawa ON, 253-269.
TAYLOR, E. and Green, M., in press. Spill Response Exercises and Lessons Learned – A Response Organization’s Perspective. In: Proc. of the 24th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 12-14, Edmonton, Env. Canada.
TAYLOR, E., Egland, L., and Wilson, S., 2001. Spill Response Capabilities in Remote Western Alaska. In: Proc. 2001 International Oil Spill Conference, Tampa. American Petroleum Institute Publ. 4267. Washington, D.C.
TAYLOR, E., Buselli, E., Jackson, J., and Geddes, B., 2001. Application of a Comprehensive Spill Management Program for Oils and Bulk Hazardous Liquids – Southern Peru Copper Corp. In: Proc. 2001 International Oil Spill Conference, Tampa. American Petroleum Institute Publ. 4267. Washington, D.C.
TAYLOR, E. and Geddes, B., 1999. A hazards analysis program for spill prevention and contingency planning. In: Proc. of the 22th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 2-4, Calgary, Env. Canada., p.705-718.
TAYLOR, E. and Egland, L., 1998. Marine spill response planning for the non-persistent oil transportation industry in Alaska. In: Proc. of the 21th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 10-12, Edmonton, Env. Canada., p.221-241.
TAYLOR, E. and E. Owens, 1997. Specialized mechanical equipment for shoreline cleanup. In: Proc. 1997 Int. Oil Spill Conf., API Publ. 4651, p. 79-87.
McEwen, S. and TAYLOR, E., 1997. Development of the Alaska Chadux Corp. In: Proc. of the 20th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 11-13, Vancouver, Env. Canada., p.373-387.
TAYLOR, E. and R. Belore, 1995. On the evaluation of mechanical beach cleaning equipment designed for beach cleanup. In: Proc. of the 18th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 14-16, Edmonton, Env. Canada., p.887-900.
TAYLOR, E., Steen, A. and D. Fritz, 1995. A review of environmental effects from oil spills into inland waters. In: Proc. of the 18th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 14-16, Edmonton, Env. Canada., p.1095-1115.
TAYLOR, E., Owens, E., and Nordvik, 1994. A review of mechanical beach-cleaning machines. In: Proc. of the 17th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 10-14, Vancouver (BC)., Env. Canada., p.621-634.
Fritz, D., E. TAYLOR, A. Steen, and J. R. Williams, 1994. An annotated bibliography of environmental and human health effects from inland freshwater oil spills. In: Proc. of the 17th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 10-14, Vancouver (BC)., Env. Canada., p.501-504.
T.G. Campbell, E. TAYLOR, and D. Aurand, 1994. Ecological risks associated with burning as a spill countermeasure in a marine environment. In: Proc. of the 17th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 10-14, Vancouver (BC)., Env. Canada., p.707-716.
P. Westphal, E. TAYLOR, and D. Aurand, 1994. Human health risk associated with burning as a spill countermeasure. In: Proc. of the 17th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 10-14, Vancouver (BC)., Env. Canada., p.685-705.
Owens, E.H., and TAYLOR, E., 1993. A proposed standardization of terms and definitions for shoreline oiling assessment. In: Proc. of the 16th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 7-9, Calgary (Alberta)., Env. Canada., p.1111-1135.
Owens, E.H., TAYLOR, E., Marty, R., and Little, D.I. 1993. An inland oil spill response manual to minimize adverse environmental impacts. In: Proc. 1993 Int. Oil Spill Conf., p. 105-109.