Science Panel Recommendation: Fund
Science Panel Comments: The study will provide information critical to restoration, is well designed, and is to be conducted by qualified investigators with a strong track record at a reasonable cost. The panel recommends that the work be funded. The panel did have some questions regarding the qualifications of persons responsible for the modeling and statistical analyses. These should be explicitly identified and a resume provided for Dr. Pella who it appears will play a key role with respect to these aspects of the project. Also, it is unclear as to if or how the extent of oil on armored beaches will be evaluated. As described, the methods described do not appear applicable to sampling in these potentially important habitats. If necessary, the design should be modified to incorporate these.
Science Director Recommendation: Fund
Science Director Comments: The location, distribution and amount of lingering oil remaining in the spill area are key questions that may influence all future activities related to the restoration program. The PIs have excellent qualifications and the expertise to conduct this project.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund Contingent
Executive Director Comments: In comparing of this proposal with the PI’s FY05 Trustee Council funded project, the stated overhead rate has increased from 120% to 170%; and this proposal also includes a 6% profit. In the FY05 project, the requested overhead was 15%, with a 120% in-kind contribution from Research Planning, Inc--this is not offered in this proposal. While I believe this proposal is scientifically sound and would provide valuable information for Trustee Council deliberations, funding should be contingent on the PI providing a current copy of the indirect rate reference in Research Planning, Inc current accounting practices and the inconsistencies referenced above are addressed.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)