Subject Matter Expertise

Steve LeGore, Ph.D.

Steve LeGore, Ph.D.

Senior Ecologist

30+ years of experience

Roles & Responsibilities

Dr. LeGore is a Senior Ecological Consultant at MVI.  He has over 30 years of applied experience in environmental analysis, project and research management, environmental policy, and institutional development. His programs have included natural disaster response, oil spill response and impact assessment, port and coastal development with emphasis on wind energy and petroleum development, marine and coastal ecology, environmental policy and sector evaluations, fisheries, water quality, aquatic toxicology, environmental chemistry, and hazardous waste issues.

Areas of Expertise

Marine and Freshwater Ecology

Fisheries

Natural Disaster and Oil Spill Response

Water Quality and Monitoring

Environmental Impact Assessment

Coastal Zone Management

Environmental and Resource Management Policy Development

Watershed Management

Background

Previous Experience

Dr. LeGore has over 30 years of applied experience in environmental analysis, project and research management, environmental policy, and institutional development. His experience includes natural disaster response, oil spill response and impact assessment, port and coastal development with emphasis on wind energy and petroleum development, marine and coastal ecology, environmental policy and sector evaluations, fisheries, water quality, aquatic toxicology, environmental chemistry, and hazardous waste issues. He managed a preeminent marine research laboratory in Duxbury, MA for several years, and managed international operations for a leading full-service environmental consulting firm in Florida for a decade. His international experience includes projects in more than 30 countries. A significant program was the USAID response to rebuilding Fishery Harbors in Sri Lanka following a devastating tsunami. Dr. LeGore was charged with development of a Fisheries Management Action Plan to guide reconstruction and implementation plans for post-tsunami reconstruction of Fishery Harbors in Dondra, Mirissa, and Hikkaduwa, and to facilitate improvement of the fisheries value chain. Recommended actions included harbor infrastructure changes to improve vessel turn-around times, procedures and minor vessel alterations enhancing at-sea preservation of catch quality and value, dockside improvements for fish handling, fisher training and extension services, and fisher community participatory action. USAID requested an invited presentation of these findings. Following the Kuwait Desert Storm War, Dr. LeGore was asked by the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization to evaluate its response to massive oil spills from an environmental perspective; his conclusions were subsequently incorporated into planning for future events.

 

Dr. LeGore’s World Bank assignments include Environmental Sector and Forestry Sector Reviews in the Republic of Armenia, evaluation of a major proposed water diversion project in Armenia (Mission Leader), advisor to the Armenian Ministry of Environment to establish a National Environmental Action Planning (NEAP) program, advisor to the same ministry for conducting a Lake Sevan Action Plan, advisor to the Georgian Ministry of Environment to establish and implement a NEAP program (Mission Leader), and instructor on watershed management and marine biodiversity issues at a seminar for environmental officials of FSU republics convened in Mangalia, Romania. The Lake Sevan Action Planning effort included analysis of watershed land uses, point- and non-point pollution sources, national park and protected area considerations, fisheries issues, and management infrastructure. Subsequent assignments to USAID concerned reestablishment of surface water quality monitoring in Armenia, involving extensive consensus building activities, complex procurements, laboratory refurbishment, and technician and scientist training.

Dr. LeGore served for eight years as the Executive Director of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean. He led development of a ten-year strategic plan for managing fisheries and wildlife resources of Puerto Rico and led a phased approach for managing a contentious ornamental fishery in Puerto Rico. He has responded to effluent mixing zone issues and recently completed a bait fishery management assessment, also in Puerto Rico. He contributed to EIA analyses for a natural gas pipeline from The Bahamas to Florida and conducted industrial hygiene and related investigations involving worker mortalities in The Bahamas.

Dr. LeGore previously served for several years on the American Petroleum Institute's (API) Fate and Effects of Oil Spills Committee, and on API's Biological Research Advisory Task Force. Among his oil spill experience is the Ekofisk "Bravo" Blowout in the North Sea, at the time the largest spill in history, for which he managed field evaluations and provided scientific liaison to surrounding governments for the responsible party. He has conducted other petroleum industry projects in the United States (including Alaska), Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, and he developed draft environmental regulations for offshore oil development in the Caspian Sea (USAID).

 

Professional Background

LeGore Environmental Associates, President | 14 years

Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean, Executive Director | 8 years

Mote Environmental Services, Inc., Mote Marine Laboratory, President | 10 years

Battelle Ocean Sciences, Director | 3 years

Environmental Science & Engineering, Inc., Associate VP and Program Manager | 9 years

NALCO Environmental Sciences, Inc., Program Manager | 5 years

  

Education

Ph.D., Pollution Ecology/Invertebrate Fisheries Biology, University of Washington, 1974

M.S., Invertebrate Pathology/Fisheries Biology, University of Washington, 1970

B.A. (Biology/Mathematics), University of Corpus Christi, 1968

Key Publications

LeGore, R.S., M.P. Hardin, J.R. García-Sais, and J.R. Brice. 2008. Marine ornamental trade in Puerto Rico: Rapid population assessment of primary target species.  Revista de Biología Tropical; Intnatl. J. Trop. Biol. & Conserv. Vol 56 (Suppl. 1): 65-88.

LeGore, R.S., R. Martínez, C. Lilyestrom, J.M. Berríos, K. Pollio-Hein, and M. Hardin.  1998.  Strategic Planning for fisheries management in Puerto Rico.  Revista de Biología Tropical, Intnatl. J. Trop. Biol. & Conserv. Vol. 46 (Suppl.5): 73-79.

LeGore, R.S. 1995. Forestry and Environment. pp. 143-156 In Armenia, The Challenge of Reform in the Agricultural Sector.  A World Bank Country Study, The World Bank, Washington, DC., 198 pp.

LeGore, R.S., D.S. Marszalek, L.J. Danek, M.S. Tomlinson, J.E. Hofmann, and J.E. Cuddeback. 1989. Effects of chemically dispersed oil on Arabian Gulf corals: a field experiment.  pp. 375-380 In: Proc. 1989 Oil Spill Conf. Feb. 13-16, San Antonio, Texas. API Pub. No. 4479, Amer. Petroleum Inst., Washington DC.

LeGore, R.S., D.S. Marszalek, J.E. Hofmann, and J.E. Cuddeback. 1983.  A Field Experiment to Assess Impact of Chemically Dispersed Oil on Arabian Gulf Corals.  Technical Proceedings, 3rd Middle East Oil Show, Soc. Petroleum Engineers, Bahrain, 14-17 March. 11 pp.


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