FIU was one of 20 universities selected as part of a national recruiting tour by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and enforcement (BOEMRE) to fill positions for environmental scientists. The Department of the Interior’s BOEMRE is the federal agency responsible for overseeing the safe and environmentally responsible development of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. FIU was chosen for its institutional strengths in the environmental sciences and large enrollment numbers and the overall diversity of its student body. Other schools included the University of Washington, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Stanford University, University of California at Davis, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of California at Los Angeles, University of San Diego, Tulane University, Louisiana State University, Columbia University, and the University of California at San Diego.
Dr. Alan D. Thornhill, Ph.D., Science Advisor to the Director of BOEMRE came to FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) on April 19th and spoke to students about the many positions the Bureau is hoping to fill in the coming months to do work in fields ranging from environmental studies to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review to environmental compliance – all of which are critical to the balanced development of offshore resources.
As part of the bureau’s ongoing re-organization, the role of environmental review and analysis will be strengthened through the creation of a first-ever Chief Environmental Officer, who will be responsible for ensuring that environmental concerns are appropriately balanced in leasing and planning decisions and for helping set the scientific agenda relative to our oceans. In addition, an important part of the reorganization involves the creation for the first time of a new environmental compliance and enforcement function.