- The role of disaster science, scientists, and the public in mitigating the human and ecological impacts of human-caused and natural disasters.
- Examining oil spills to understand marine science, management, and public policy.
- Ecosystem-based management and marine protected areas.
- Practical application of ocean observing to marine conservation and management.
Robert's current research focuses on risk communication tools for oil spills, with a particular emphasis on social media. Other interests include the risks to marine systems of spills involving unconventional oils. He has led projects including responding to human-caused and natural disasters, ecosystem-based management, and marine protected area management. Served as the Deputy Chair of the interagency Joint Analysis Group for Federal response to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Participated in a multiyear effort to analyze the fate and transport of subsurface dispersed oil using data collected by NOAA, BP, and university researchers. Additional disaster response work includes the 2009 American Samoa tsunami, the T/V Exxon Valdez spill, and preparedness and response efforts in the Middle East, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, and Pacific island areas.
Robert has also done work to analyzing approaches for integrating ecosystem-based management principles into the system of National Marine Sanctuaries. He served as a member of the Pacific Coast Ocean Observing System Board, collaborating with governmental and non-governmental organizations on ocean observing in the California Current and directed a program-wide evaluation of small research class vessels in sanctuary science, managing the operations and budget of a $5m research vessel.
University Of Rhode Island - 1976. Bachelor of Science in the Department of Natural Resources. Concentration - Marine Biology
Oregon State University - 1979. Master of Science in the School of Oceanography. Concentration - Marine Resources
University Of Washington - 1989. Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Geography. Concentration - Natural Resources.
Dissertation title: Appropriating Technology For Community Control Of Hazardous Chemical Accidents
Joint Analysis Group (2010). Review of R/V Brooks McCall Data to Examine Subsurface Oil. June 2010. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD. 57pp. PDF
Joint Analysis Group (2010). Review of Preliminary Data to Examine Subsurface Oil In the Vicinity of MC252#1 May 19 to June 19, 2010. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD. 73pp. PDF
Joint Analysis Group (2010). Review of Preliminary Data to Examine Oxygen Levels In the Vicinity of MC252#1 May 8 to August 9, 2010. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD. 63pp. PDF
Lindholm, James and Robert Pavia, ed. (2010). Examples of Ecosystem-based Management in National Marine Sanctuaries: Moving from Theory to Practice. Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series NMSP-ONMS-10-02. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Silver Spring, MD. 31pp. PDF
Brown, Jennifer, Robert Pavia, Chad King, Andrew DeVogelaere. (2010). The Application Of Observing System Data In California Current Ecosystem Assessments. Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series NMSP-ONMS-10-01. U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Silver Spring, MD. 110pp. PDF
Barr, Brad. W. and Robert Pavia (2009). Exceptional Areas, Significant Challenges, and a Perfect Opportunity: The National Marine Sanctuary University Partnership Program. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 27th Symposium. Atlanta, GA.
Pavia, Robert (2008). Marine Protected Areas as a Management Tool. Current the Journal of Marine Education. Volume 24 (1). pp10-11.
Simons, Lisa., Robert. Pavia, et al. (2005). Emergency Response in National Marine Sanctuaries. OCEANS 2005 MTS/IEEE, Washington, D.C., Marine Technology Society and the Oceanic Engineering Society.
Pavia, Robert (2003). Reducing the Impact of Spills: Integrating Response, Restoration, and Research, Invited Paper. Clean Gulf Conference November 16-19, 2003, New Orleans, LA.
Pavia, Robert (2001). Use of the Internet to support Incident Operations. International Oil Spill Conference, Tampa, Florida, American Petroleum Institute. PDF
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