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December 2012 Meeting

  • 04 Dec 2012
  • Sumner School

An Organizational Overview and an Introduction to BOEM Social Science

Date:  Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Meeting, 7:00 pm, Sumner School, Rotating Gallery G-4

Pre-meeting get-together, 5:30 pm Beacon Bar and Grill

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Environmental Studies Program has supported research to inform energy development on the nation’s outer continental shelf for four decades.  Research sponsored by the bureau involves the life, physical and social sciences.  This presentation will provide an introduction to the agency and its studies program.  The speaker will also highlight some of the bureau’s social science research and its application of anthropology.

Dr. John Primo is an ecological anthropologist in the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).   He oversees a broad body of research focused on the social impacts of energy resource development on outer continental shelf.  Some of the issues and topics studied by the bureau, include, subsistence in Alaska, marine space-use, the history of the oil and gas industry, and the infrastructural needs of energy development.

John’s responsibilities and duties involve research design, coordination, and oversight at the programmatic and project level, as well as a number of associated procurement activities.  John also serves as an interagency point of contact for the bureau’s socio-economic research and is a member of the Inter-agency Working Group for Ocean Social Science a supporting body to the Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee.  He has conducted and/or supported research at the community, regional and national level related to the socioeconomics of marine and freshwater bodies.

John has worked at the bureau for two and half years.  Prior to working at BOEM he worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in several positions as a researcher and research manager/coordinator.  In 2004, he was an Oakridge Institute for Science and Education research appointee with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle.  While there he conducted research on West Coast Fishing communities as part of national effort to create profiles for the nation’s fishing communities.  In 2006, John was the recipient of a John A. Knauss Fellowship and served as the acting program coordinator and a staffer for NOAA’s Ecosystem Research Program in Silver Spring, Maryland.  John has also worked for NOAA as a principal investigator and as a research assistant.   He holds a Doctoral Degree in Anthropology from the University of Georgia, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of South Florida.


Meeting:  Charles Sumner School, corner of 17th St and M St NW, Washington, DC

How to get there:  The Sumner School is located at 1201 17th St NW (corner of 17th St and M St NW).  The entrance to the meeting area is on 17th St under the black metal stairway. Directions from Metro Red Line: From Farragut North station, take either L St exit, walk one block east to 17th St, turn left and walk 2 blocks north.  Enter the building through the double doors under the black metal staircase.  MEETING ROOM:  Rotating Gallery G-4 (ground floor)

Pre-meeting:  Beacon Bar & Grill (one block north of Sumner School)

How to get there:  The Beacon Bar & Grill is in the Beacon Hotel located at 1615 Rhode Island Ave NW (corner of Rhode Island and 17th St).  Directions from Metro Red Line Farragut North station: take either L St exit, walk one block east to 17th St, turn left and walk 3 blocks north (one block past Sumner School).  All are welcome.

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