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|Dr. John Harper is President of CORI and brings more than 25 years of
coastal research experience to the company. He has published widely
on coastal processes, arctic
coastal and marine environments, oil spills, and coastal and seabed mapping
techniques and protocols.
Dr. Harper has formal training in geology (B.Sc., University of Massachusetts) and in marine sciences (M.Sc. and Ph.D., Louisiana State University). He is an adjunct professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) and supervises graduate students in programs related to coastal and marine geology. He is routinely involved in training programs, including several on oil spill sensitivity mapping (Costa Rica and China).
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* coastal and nearshore processes
* multidisciplinary marine studies
* coastal zone management
* oilspill research and planning
* B.Sc. Geology (cum laude), University of Massachusetts (1973);
* L.R. Wilson Award for Excellence in Geology
* M.Sc. Marine Science, Louisiana State University (1976)
* Ph.D. Marine Science, Louisiana State University (1978)
* 1987-present Principal, Coastal and Ocean Resources (previously Harper Environmental Services), British Columbia and Nova Scotia
* 1989-present Adjunct Professor, Centre of Earth and Ocean Resources, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
* 1987-1989 Marine Geologist/Coastal Coordinator, Committee for Co-ordination of Joint Prospecting for Mineral Resources in South Pacific Offshore Areas (CCOP/SOPAC), Suva, Fiji
* 1986-1987 Manager, Maritime Region, Dobrocky Seatech Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia
* 1985-1986 Manager, West Coast Region, Dobrocky Seatech Ltd., Sidney, BC
* 1983-1985 Manager, Geosciences and Hydrographic Services, Dobrocky Seatech Ltd.
* 1980-1983 Senior Project Scientist, Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Victoria, British Columbia and San Francisco, California
* 1978-1980 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Geological Survey of Canada, Pacific Geoscience Centre., Sidney, British Columbia
* 1973-1978 Research Assistant, Coastal Studies Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
East, west and arctic coasts of Canada; east, west and arctic coasts of the United States; Costa Rica; Fiji; Kenya; Kiribati; Papua New Guinea; Tonga; Western Samoa
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Harper has personally managed more than 250 separate projects related to coastal and marine resources including the following disciplines:
Coastal Zone Management - Dr. Harper has been closely involved with coastal management planning in British Columbia and is currently conducting a resource inventory and user needs assessment for the province of British Columbia. He is also involved with the development of marine region classification of Canada for use in environmental ecosystem monitoring. Dr. Harper has been closely involved with the development of coastal habitat classification and mapping systems over the past three years, using state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS systems.
Oil Spill Research, Planning and Response - oil spill research studies since 1980, including several years of field studies associated with the Baffin Island Oil Spill experiment, sensitivity evaluations for the coasts of northern California, British Columbia, Kodiak Island, the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea coasts of Alaska, the Beaufort Sea coast of Canada, Labrador and Newfoundland. Other research areas have included the long-term fate of oil on shorelines, decision-making for shoreline cleanup operations and long-term monitoring programs. In 1984, he designed and implemented a physical monitoring program of the MV Puerto Rican oil spill off San Francisco. In 1991, Harper Environmental Services compiled the first Directory of Canadian Marine Oilspill Specialists. In 1992, he directed an Oil Spill Sensitivity Mapping Workshop in Costa Rica for ARPEL.
Dr. Harper has been extensively involved in the EXXON Valdez oil spill cleanup operation in Prince William Sound (1989-1992) with participation in quality assurance for preparation of oiling maps, coordination of the Prince William Sound Fate and Persistence Studies, bioremediation monitoring surveys.
Coastal Research/Marine Geology - coastal and nearshore studies since 1971 and with research projects on all major coastlines of North America and throughout the South Pacific. Research topics have included: beach monitoring, coastal mapping, sediment transport predictions and measurements, coastal erosion and scour monitoring, and coastal storm surge surveys.
Environmental Impact - since 1973, Dr. Harper has been closely involved with large, multidisciplinary impact assessments including: the first superport to be developed in the US (Harper, 1974), major construction projects at Prudhoe Bay (causeway construction and oil field waterflood construction), siting and impact evaluation of a major marine oil terminal in Santa Barbara, and the Beaufort Sea Environmental Monitoring Project (BEMP). Also he has been extensively involved with oil spill contingency planning in the marine environment with input to plans for offshore drilling in western Canada (Chevron, PetroCanada), the Beaufort Sea (Dome Petroleum) and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (ARCO).
Marine Parks - numerous marine park studies including field studies of coastal landforms to delineation of new marine park sites in the Canadian arctic. In 1983, Dr. Harper conducted a strategic planning study for Parks Canada to delineate the marine regions of Canada; major segments of this study, including the delineated regions, have recently been incorporated into Parks Canada policy. Two field seasons of field work have been conducted within Pacific Rim National Park. He is currently directing a major biophysical mapping project of the newest marine park in Canada, South Moresby/Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.