Merv Fingas

Spill Science, Canada


Mervin Fingas is a scientist who focuses on oil and chemical spills. He was a Chief of the Emergencies Science Division of Environment Canada for over 30 years and is currently working privately in Western Canada. Mr. Fingas has a Ph.D. degree in environmental physics from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, and three M.S. degrees in chemistry, business, and mathematics, all from the University of Ottawa, Canada. His specialities include spill dynamics and behaviour, spill treating agent studies, remote sensing and detection, and in-situ burning. He has more than 800 papers and publications in the field. He currently has a new oil spill book with Elsevier and is currently preparing for two more. Dr. Fingas has been an editor at the Journal of Hazardous Materials for 6 years. He has served on two committees on the National Academy of Sciences of the United States on oil spills including the recent “Oil in the Sea”. He is Chairman of several ASTM and inter-governmental committees on spill matters. He has testified to a US congressional committee studying the Gulf oil spill and has been asked to testify to a similar US Senate committee.

Biography Updated on 8 October 2012

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