Science Advisory Panel Bios
Charlie Henry is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Scientist and the Scientific Support Coordinator (SSC) for Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. As a SSC, Henry is responsible for managing scientific issues and natural resource trustee concerns that arise during oil and hazardous chemical spills and providing direct technical expertise and consultation to the lead Federal On-Scene Coordinator during an emergency response. Henry has some 20 years of spill response experience responding to oil and chemical spills. The first 13 of those years were spent at Louisiana State University as a Research Associate under contract to NOAA to provide chemistry support during emergency events and research spill response technology such as dispersants and bioremediation. Henry has responded to more than one hundred oil and chemical spills including the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the 1991 Kuwait Oil Fires, and the 2000 Jessica Oil Spill in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Henry responded on-scene as part of the United States Coast Guard team response to six major oil spills, numerous smaller oil spills, and thousands of orphaned HAZMAT containers (cylinders, drums, totes, and tanks).
Steven G. Buschang
Steven G. Buschang is with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) Oil Spill Prevention and Response Division serving in the capacity as both the Director of Research and Development and as the State Scientific Support Coordinator (State SSC). As the State SSC, he is responsible for managing ongoing GLO projects including the Texas Automated Buoy System (TABS), and the Texas Coastal Oil Spill Planning & Response CD Toolkit. Steven is also engaged in operational ocean observations and forecasts as GLO’s program manager for TABS and the associated modeling program. This toolkit is inclusive of the States Coastal Environmental Sensitivity Index and Habitat Priority mapping project. He also serves as an emergency responder and the state’s lead in providing on-scene technical and scientific support to oil spill response activities. In this role, he assists with identifying protection priorities and in managing Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Teams (SCAT), aerial reconnaissance, and alternative countermeasure activities. Steven currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS). He has been with the GLO for 15+ years during which time he served as a Senior Response Officer for their Oil Spill Division and as the Senior Biologist for the GLO Professional Services Division. Steven earned his Masters degree from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in Environmental Science. At Texas A&M University Corpus Christi he taught as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Environmental Science Department teaching both graduate and undergraduate classes in Environmental Regulations and Environmental Assessment.
Scott Pegau, Ph.D.
Scott Pegau is OSRI Research Program Manager. Scott was most recently with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve in Homer, where he has been a researcher for the past five years. Scott grew up in Alaska and graduated from high school in Nome. After serving in the Navy on submarine duty, he attended University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated with a degree in physics. He received his Doctoral degree in Oceanography from Oregon State University. Scott served as a researcher and teaching professor at Oregon State. Scott and his wife Cathy, who is a writer of fiction, have two young daughters. Scott likes to read, fish, hunt, garden and manage a house full of pets. As OSRI Research Program Manager, Scott develops annual and strategic plans for a grant program focused on oil pollution issues in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. He oversees peer reviews of proposals, monitors grant contracts, and provides leadership in planning research programs and work plans in collaboration with the OSRI Board and Scientific and Technical Committee. The Research Program Manager works with the Executive Director to develop and maintain cooperative agreements with other organizations for research and education programs.