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The Southeast Gains a Regional Resource Coordinator During the Holiday

Jan. 5, 2018 — Liza Hernandez joined OR&R’s Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) on December 26, as the new federal Southeast Regional Resource Coordinator (RRC).

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Liza Hernandez (left) starts her first day of work as the new Southeast Regional Resource Coordinator on December 26, 2017, with congratulations from Southeast Regional Manager Kevin Kirsch (right). Image credit: NOAA.

ARD protects and restores coastal habitats and resources affected by hazardous materials releases or ship groundings.  All of ARD's efforts, from assessment to restoration, are coordinated at a regional level and Liza is part of a four person RRC team covering the coastal United States. RRC’s are NOAA environmental scientists who provide the technical foundation for assessments of ecological risk and environmental and economic injury from contamination at hazardous waste sites and to improve coordination among trustee agencies.

Liza comes to ARD with a strong marine science background and proven experience assessing both hazardous waste sites and oil spills.

She holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University: a B.S in Biology and a B.A. in Geography. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Science from the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), where her research was focused on bay scallop ecology and restoration.

Liza started her career in early 2011 as a NOAA contractor working as a data manager and field sampler on many offshore cruises during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Later that year she went on to work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office as their Estuarine Research Scientist. Since February 2014, she has been working in the Southeast region covering oil pollution cases in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, as well as hazardous waste cases in Texas.  Liza will continue working on current cases throughout the southeast, and she stands ready to tackle new incidents as assigned.

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