Board Members

Members of the Board are chosen through a careful process of search and selection in an endeavor to assemble a committee of the highest competence; they are chosen on the strength of their professional qualifications. Members are volunteers and serve as individuals, not as representatives of any institution. Appointments are made by the Chairman of the National Research Council. The term of appointment is typically 3 years.

2017 Membership
(Terms expire 12/31 of the year indicated)
Former Members

Gene Whitney, Chair (2018)
Congressional Research Service (Retired)
Washington, DC

Ann S. Maest (2018)
Buka Environmental
Boulder, Colorado

R. Lyndon (Lyn) Arscott, NAE (2018)
Retired Executive Director
International Association of Oil & Gas Producers
Danvile, California


Zelma Maine-Jackson (2019)
Washington State Department of Ecology, Nuclear Waste Program

Christopher (Scott) Cameron (2017)
Consulting Petroleum Geologist
GeoLogical Consulting, LLC
Houston, Texas


Martin W. McCann (2019)
President and Consulting Professor
Jack R. Benjamin and Associates and Stanford University

Rodney C. Ewing, NAE (2019)
Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security and Professor of Geological Sciences
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford University


 James M. Robertson (2018)
Director and State Geologist
Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Madison, Wisconsin
Carol P. Harden (2017)
Professor Emerita
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

 James Slutz (2019)
Senior Study Coordinator
National Petroleum Council
Fairfax, Virginia

T. Mark Harrison, NAS (2017)
Distinguished Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
 Shaowen Wang (2017)
Professor and Centennial Scholar
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois

Thorne Lay, NAS (2019)
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Imaging and Dynamics of the Earth
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of California, Santa Cruz