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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Jacqueline Michel

Adjunct Professor

Phone Number: 803 256-7325
Office: 1121 Park Street
Research Areas: Biogeochemistry & Geochemistry
Coastal Processes
Earth Systems
Environmental Risks & Hazards
Society, Policy & Environment
Conservation Biology
Water Resources & Hydrology
Research Summary: President, Research Planning, Inc., Columbia, SC. Terrestrial and marine pollution studies, coastal geomorphology, environmental impact assessments.

Dr. Michel is a geochemist specializing in terrestrial and marine pollution studies, coastal
geomorphology, and environmental risk assessments. She has specialized expertise in the
behavior, tracking, recovery, and effects of submerged oil. Having worked in 32 countries, she
has extensive international experience and has worked in many different coastal and marine
Dr. Michel is one of the founders of RPI and has been President since 2000. She often leads
multi-disciplinary teams on projects where her problem-solving skills are essential to bringing
solutions to complex issues. For example, her work during spill emergencies requires her to
rapidly develop consensus and provide decision-makers needed information. Because of her
routine scientific support for spills, she has extensive knowledge of and practical experience in
pollutant fate, transport, and effect issues. She has been a leader in the development of methods
and the conduct of Natural Resource Damage Assessments following spills and groundings. She
has taken a lead role in 29 damage assessments for Federal and State Trustees.
Dr. Michel has been recognized for her achievements through appointments to many 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); and 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 is currently on the Applied Sciences Analysis Group supporting the NASA
Earth Science Division. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of the Environment,
University of South Carolina. She has written over 185 technical publications.