Robert Pavia

Affiliate Associate Professor

Research area

Robert Pavia is an affiliate associate professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. He teaches environmental management and disaster science to both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of the Environment, the University Honors Program, and the Jackson School of International Studies. Pavia’s work focuses on the role of science in management and its use in preventing and mitigating adverse environmental effects of human activities. Pavia’s research interests include emerging risks in marine transportation due to climate change, the risks of marine oil spills in the Arctic, and strategies for communicating science during technological disasters. He served as deputy chair and member of the Federal Interagency Joint Analysis Group for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, where he conducted a comprehensive review and analysis of deep subsurface dispersed oil transport and fate. He lent scientific support during oil and hazardous chemical spills in coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Pacific Islands, Caribbean, and Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the United States. Pavia also conducted emergency response training under the auspices of the United Nations and World Bank programs in China, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Fiji.