Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill: Translating Lessons Learned into More Resilient Response

Nancy Kinner

Coastal Response Research Center
Center for Spills in the Environment

Friday, May. 10, 2013, 3:00pm
Chase 130

In this presentation, Dr. Kinner will address these topics: the U.S. oil spill response system, the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) accident, the DWH spill response, the key Issues of the DWH response, and a more resilient response going forward.


Dr. Kinner's main areas of research interest are oil spill response and restoration, bioremediation of contaminated subsurface environments and more generally, environmental microbiology. She is a member of the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at UNH and has conducted research on wastewater biofilm microbiology, the role of protists in subsurface and sea ice contaminant degradation, and petroleum and chlorinated solvent bioremediation.

She has been the UNH Director of the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC), a partnership between UNH and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), since 2004. The CRRC ( brings together the resources of a research-oriented university and the field expertise of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration to conduct and oversee basic and applied research, conduct outreach, and encourage strategic partnerships in spill response, damage assessment and restoration.

In the midst of the Deepwater (DWH) crisis, the CRRC played a unique role in the response. Most prominently, Professor Kinner was mobilized to speak to the issues associated with the spill. She testified three times before Congress and on numerous media outlets including: PBS NewHour, ABC’s “Good Morning America”, CBS, CNN, C-Span, and the BBC. She was also cited extensively in the print media including: Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is viewed as an independent voice who is able to explain the complex issues of oil spill response, damage assessment and restoration in an understandable way.

She currently serves as an advisor to the State of New Hampshire on hazardous waste bioremediation and is a member of the State's Waste Management Council. She is also a member of the editorial board of Microbial Ecology.