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About Environmental Research Consulting

Dr. Dagmar Schmidt Etkin

ERC President
Dr. Dagmar Schmidt Etkin

Principal Consultant

Dagmar Schmidt Etkin has 42 years of experience in environmental analysis — 14 years investigating issues in population biology and ecological systems, and 28 years specializing in the analysis of oil spills.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology (ecology, statistics, population modeling), 1982
  • A.M, Harvard University, Biology, 1980
  • B.A., University of Rochester, Biology, 1977

Professional Activities

  • Member UN/IMO/UNEP/UNESCO Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP): 1997 – present
  • ENI Award Nominee for 2012 for Outstanding Contributions in the Protection of the Environment
  • Vice-Chair Maritime Law Association of US (Salvage Committee)
  • Invited Expert Panelist for Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on Behavior and Environmental Impacts of Crude Oil Released into Aqueous Environments 2015
  • Member International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee Correspondence Group on Environmental Risk Assessment Criteria 2007
  • US Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Oil Spills from Non-Tank Vessels: Threats, Risks, and Vulnerabilities Invited Testimony – 18 December 2007
  • Wrecks of the World Conference Program Chair: Sept. 2009; June 2011; Oct. 2015
  • Member American Salvage Association 2009 – present
  • Peer Reviewer Journal of Hazardous Materials 2006 – present
  • Elected Associate Member Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society): 1979 – present