July 16, 2013

Elliott Taylor

Dr. Elliott Taylor

Principal

elliot-taylor-angolaDr. 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.

Elliott-Taylor-SCATDr. 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.

elliot-taylor-panamaDr. 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.

EDUCATION

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

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

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

SKILLS

Bilingual English/Spanish

NAUI Open Water Advanced Diver

PUBLICATIONS

Boufadel, M., Geng, X., An, C., Owens, E., Chen, Z., Lee, K., TAYLOR, E., and Prince, R.C., 2019. A Review on the Factors Affecting the Deposition, Retention, and Biodegradation of Oil Stranded on Beaches and Guidelines for Designing Laboratory Experiments. Current Pollution Reports (2019), p. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40726-019-00129-0

Owens, E., Bunker, P., and TAYLOR, E., 2018. K9 SCAT Subsurface Oil Detection and Delineation Field Study on Coarse-Sediment Beaches in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Proc. of the 41th Arctic Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response: October, 2018: Vancouver (BC), Canada

TAYLOR, E., Laforest, S, and Owens, E., 2017. Potential Dilbit Residence on Coarse-Sediment Shorelines. Proc. of the 40th Arctic Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response: October, 2017: Calgary (Alberta), Canada.

TAYLOR, E. and Moyano, M., 2017. RETOS: An Internationally-Applied Oil Spill Readiness Assessment Tool. Proc. of the 40th Arctic Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response: October, 2017: Calgary (Alberta), Canada.

TAYLOR, E., Moyano, M., and Miranda, D., 2017. RETOS™: Use of an International Tool for Assessing Oil Spill Planning and Preparedness. In Proc.2017 International Oil Spill Conference, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC. http://ioscproceedings.org/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2017.1.1

TAYLOR, E., Graham, A., Rios, J., Huet, JY, Page-Jones, L., and Ivaba, G., 2017. Angola Coastal Mapping and Tactics for Oil Spill Response. In Proc.2017 International Oil Spill Conference, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC. http://ioscproceedings.org/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2017.1.850

Donohue, K., TAYLOR, E., Moyano, M., Miranda, D., 2017. A True Roadmap for Response Preparedness Capacity Building in Developing States. In Proc.2017 International Oil Spill Conference, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC. http://ioscproceedings.org/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2017.1.822

Moyano, M., TAYLOR, E. and Miranda, D., 2016. Manual y Herramienta para Evaluar Capacidad de Gestión ante Derrames de Hidrocarburos. Proc. 3er Congreso Latinoamericano de Seguridad, Salud Ocupacional y Ambiente en la Industria del Petróleo y del Gas. Agosto 2016, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 11p.

Owens, E., TAYLOR, E., and Parker, H., 2016. Chapter 1. Spill site characterization in environmental forensic investigations. In Standard Handbook Oil Spill Environmental Forensics; Fingerprinting and Source Identification, Eds. S. Stout and Z. Wang. Academic Press, London, UK, p. 1-24.

TAYLOR, E. and Moyano, M., 2015. Readiness Evaluation Tool for Oil Spills (RETOS™): Closing the Gaps in Spill Planning and Preparedness. In Proceedings 2015 Interspill Conference, Amsterdam. 10pp. http://www.interspill.org/previous-events/2015/WhitePapers/Interspill2015ConferenceProceedings/25%20MARCH%202015/Holisitic%20Response%20-%20Preparedness/RETOS_Closing-the-Gap-E-Taylor-M%20Moyano-Polaris-Applied-Sciences.pdf

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. In Proc. 2014 International Oil Spill Conference, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC. http://ioscproceedings.org/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2014.1.1353

TAYLOR, E, Owens, E, Challenger, G, and G. Mauseth.  2014. Background oiling documented by SCAT surveys along the Gulf of Mexico.  2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference, Mobile Alabama, January, 2014.

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, 2013. 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. In Proc. 2012 Interspill Conference. London, UK. 5pp. http://www.interspill.org/previous-events/2012/15-March/pdfs/Training/Elliott%20Taylor%20(Polaris%20Applied%20Sciences)%20-%20National%20Contingency%20Planning%20and%20IMO%20Workshops%20in%20the%20Caribbean%20Region.pdf

TAYLOR, E. and T. Farrar. 2011.  The Macondo Oil Spill Shoreline Response Programme: 3. Snorkel SCAT “Taking the Plunge”.  Proc. of the 34th Arctic Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response: October 4-6, 2011: Banff (Alberta), Canada.

Owens, E., TAYLOR, E., Graham, A., and Castle, R.W., 2011. Sand beach treatment studies and field trials conducted during the Deepwater Horizon-Macondo Response Operations. In Proc. 2011 International Oil Spill Conference, Washington, DC. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2011-1-265

Santner, R, Cocklin-Vendl, M., Stong, B., Michel, J., Owens, E., and TAYLOR, E., 2011. The Deepwater Horizon MC252-Macondo Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Program. In Proc. 2011 International Oil Spill Conference, Washington, DC. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2011-1-270

Owens, E., 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, 2009, pp. 155-166. http://www.arctic-council.org/eppr/completed-work/oil-and-gas-products/eppr-waste-management-report/

TAYLOR, E., Steen, A., Meza, M., Couzigou, B., Hodges, M., Miranda, D., Ramos, J., and Moyano, M., 2008. IOSC Workshop Report: A Proposed International Guide for Oil Spill Response Planning and Readiness Assessment. In Proc. 2008 International Oil Spill Conference, API Publ. I47190, Washington, DC., p. 1-18. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2008-1-1

Owens, E.H., TAYLOR, E. and Humphrey, B., 2008. The persistence and character of stranded oil on coarse-sediment beaches. Marine Pollution Bull., 56, p. 14-26.

TAYLOR, E. and Reimer, D., 2008. Oil persistence on beaches of Prince William Sound – A review of SCAT surveys conducted from 1989 to 2002. Marine Pollution Bull., 56, p. 458-474.

Owens, E.H., TAYLOR, E., 2007. Guidelines to Evaluate Oil Spill Contingency Plan Adequacy, Response Competency, and Sustained Readiness. Proceedings SPE Asia Pacific Health, Safety, Security and Environment Conference and Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand. 6 pp.

Owens, E.H., TAYLOR, E, and Dickins, D.F., 2007.  Defining Best International Practices for Oil Spill Response Planning.  Proceedings Annual Symposium Petroleum Association of Japan, Tokyo, 11 pp.

Owens, E., TAYLOR, E., and Parker-Hall, H., 2007. Chapter 2. Spill site investigation in environmental forensic investigations. In Oil Spill Environmental Forensics; Fingerprinting and Source Identification, Eds. Z. Wang and S. Stout. Academic Press, MA. USA., p. 55-72.

TAYLOR, E. and Reimer, D., 2005. SCAT Surveys of Prince William Sound Beaches – 1989 to 2002. In Proc. 2005 International Oil Spill Conference. API Publ. I4718B. Washington, DC., p. 801-806. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2005-1-801

TAYLOR, E., 2003.  Oil spill response planning in developing countries. In Proc. 2003 International Oil Spill Conference. API. Washington, DC., p.497-501. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2003-1-497

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., 2003. The use of dispersants to minimize the effects of oil spills in sheltered marine environments. Proc., Pipeline Conference & Exposition 2003, October 22-24, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute, Ref. IBP418_03.

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 Corporation. Proc. 2001 International Oil Spill Conference. API. Washington, DC., p.517-522. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2001-1-517

TAYLOR, E., Egland, L., and Wilson, S., 2001. Spill response capabilities in remote Western Alaska. Proc. 2001 International Oil Spill Conference. API. Washington, DC.,  p. 1411-1416. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-2001-2-1411

TAYLOR, E. and Green, M., 2001. Spill response exercises and lessons learned. In: Proc. of the 24th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Tech. Sem., June 12-14, Edmonton, Env. Canada., p.117-130.

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.

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 Owens, E., 1997. Specialized mechanical equipment for shoreline clean-up. Proc. 1997 International Oil Spill Conference. API. Washington, DC., p.79-87. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-1997-1-79

TAYLOR, E. and Stubblefield, W., 1997. Petroleum in the Freshwater Environment- An annotated bibliography, 1946-1993. Eds. V. Huyck and E. Paulson, American Petroleum Institute Publ. No. 4640. Washington, DC.

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.

Campbell, T.G.,  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.

Westphal, P. , 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 International Oil Spill Conference, API, Washington, DC. p. 105-109. http://www.ioscproceedings.com/doi/pdf/10.7901/2169-3358-1993-1-105

 

Technical Reports

IMO, 2019 (in press). Guidelines on the Implementation of the OPRC Convention and the OPRC-HNS Protocol. (P. Taylor, E. Taylor, & E. Owens)

ARPEL, 2014. Oil spill response planning and preparedness assessment manual (v2). A Best Practices publication and update of 2011 version and guide to use of RETOSv2 (an Excel application for spill readiness assessment, gap analysis, and qualitative measure of preparedness). https://arpel.org/library/publication/341/

POLARIS Applied Sciences, Inc., 2013. A Comparison of the Properties of Diluted Bitumen Crudes with other Oils. Report prepared for Trans Mountain Pipeline, 26 pp. http://www.crrc.unh.edu/sites/crrc.unh.edu/files/comparison_bitumen_other_oils_polaris_2014.pdf

Witt-O’Briens, POLARIS Applied Sciences, and WCMRC, 2013. A Study of Fate and Behavior of Diluted Bitumen Oil on Marine Waters – Dilbit Experiments, Gainford, Alberta. Prepared for Trans Mountain Pipe Line Co. http://www.transmountain.com/uploads/papers/1391734754-astudyoffateandbehaviourofdilutedbitumenoilsonmarinewater.pdf

ARPEL, 2011. Oil Spill Response Planning and Readiness Assessment Manual (and RETOS Excel Tool). Lead author- Elliott Taylor. Developed through funding from the Canadian International Development Fund (CIDA) and Co-Managed by ARPEL and the Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA).

Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc. 2009. A Review of Sorbent Use in Oil Spill Response. Prepared for SINTEF, Trondheim, Norway. 24pp.

Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc. and The Oilspill Training Company, 2008. Waste Management Calculator (and Manual). Prepared through funding from the Arctic Council. http://arctic-council.org/eppr/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/waste_calc_setup1.exe

TAYLOR, E., Steen, A., Meza, M., Couzigou, B., Hodges, M., Miranda, D., Ramos, J., and Moyano, M., 2008. Assessment of Oil Spill Response Capabilities: A Proposed International Guide for Oil Spill Response Planning and Readiness Assessment, Technical Report IOSC 009. International Oil Spill Conference, API. Washington, DC. 70pp.

TAYLOR, E., Steen, A., Meza, M., Couzigou, B., Hodges, M., Miranda, D., Ramos, J., y Moyano, M., 2008. Evaluación de la Capacidad de respuesta a Derrames de Hidrocarburos: Guía Internacional Propuesta para la Evaluación de Planes y Preparativos para Respuesta a Derrames de Hidrocarburos, Informe Técnico IOSC 009. International Oil Spill Conference, API. Washington, DC. 76pp.

Arctic Council (EEPR) (prepared by Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc.) 2008. Guidelines and Strategies for Oily Waste Management in Arctic Regions. Report prepared for Joint Secretariat Inuvialuit Renewable Resources Committees. 115pp.

TAYLOR, E., 2006. Análisis de las Capacidades de Petróleos Mexicanos con Respecto a la Preparación, Respuesta, Lucha y Control de la Contaminación Marina Causada por Derrames de Hidrocarburos. Report for the International Maritime Organization.  IMO PROGRAMME PG-626.

Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc., 2000. Guidance Manual for Oil Spill Countermeasures Requiring Regulatory Approval. Prepared for Burrard Clean Operations, Western Canada Marine Response Organization.

API (American Petroleum Institute), 1999. Fate and Environmental Effects of Oil Spills in Freshwater Environments. API Publication 4675. Prepared by ENSR Consulting and Woodward-Clyde Consultants. API, Washington DC.

TAYLOR, E. and W. Stubblefield, 1997. Petroleum in the Freshwater Environment: An Annotated Bibliography. Huyck, V. and Paulson, E. (Eds.). American Petroleum Institute Health and Environmental Sciences Dept., API Publ. 4640.

TAYLOR, E., E. H. Owens, R. Belore, I. Buist, A. Nordvik, and J. Simmons. 1995. Beach Protection and Cleaning Equipment and Techniques for Oil Spill Response. Marine Spill Response Corp., Washington D.C., MSRC Technical Report Series # 95-006. 334 p.

 Buist, I., S. Ross, Trudel, K., E. TAYLOR,  and others, 1994. The Science, Technology, and Effects of Controlled Burning of Oil Spills at Sea. Marine Spill Response Corp., Washington D.C., MSRC Technical Report Series # 94-0131. 387 p.