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Dr. Hart has over 40 years of oceanographic and environmental science experience. He has served as Project Manager on numerous oil and gas industry projects. He has served as an environmental consultant for numerous industry clients and Federal and State agencies concerning seismic, exploration, and developmental activities in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Sea of Okhotsk, Caribbean and Caspian Seas, and Alaska waters. He is experienced in assessing environmental impacts as they are related to biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography. Dr. Hart has developed sampling designs, performed the statistical analyses of the data, and prepared and edited the manuscripts for numerous biological assessments of offshore and coastal areas, multidisciplinary baseline studies, and ecosystem programs. He has been responsible for project management, data management, and statistical analyses for numerous baseline studies and environmental monitoring programs in connection with offshore oil and gas activities for over 30 years. He has conducted several studies concerning predicting the environmental consequences of unintentional petroleum hydrocarbon discharges in the vicinity of sensitive biological communities. These projects involved incorporating aspects of toxicity studies from the literature, literature review of the sensitive biological communities, and modeling dispersion and movement of spilled hydrocarbons. He was the Project Manager for a major water quality study for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to develop a water quality protection plan for the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Hart has also served as Task Leader and Assistant Project Manager on a number of major multidisciplinary projects, including a multimillion dollar study of offshore platforms for DOE and another major multimillion dollar study of bioaccumulation of produced water discharges into the Gulf of Mexico performed for the Offshore Operators Committee. Other important projects include a study of the environmental impacts of deepwater oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico and environmental impact studies of non-aqueous drilling fluid cuttings discharges in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Ghana.