Kristian C. Ferguson
Steven R. Stein
Mr. Stein received his B. Sc. in Environmental Studies, his M. Sc. in Natural Resource Policy and Management, and studied the underlying causes of littering and pollution as part of Ph.D. coursework from a joint program with Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has worked in the fields of recycling and solid waste management for more than 25 years and has managed 14 litter surveys including eight statewide and four citywide litter surveys, as well as a comprehensive survey of litter on 75 beaches. Field crews under his direction have surveyed more than 21 million square feet along roadways and recreational areas. Mr. Stein led the design and project management of the 2008 KAB National Litter Study, the most comprehensive study ever conducted regarding littering issues and costs to the U.S. economy. He was a contributor to a study prepared for the President on community resilience as a subject-matter expert on the effects of litter and illegal dumping on community well-being.
Emilie M. Knapp
Ms. Knapp is a fourth-generation recycling professional who grew up in the fields of recycling and litter-related project work. She was awarded two degrees from the CIA in Poughkeepsie, New York. Mrs. Knapp led the field work as crew supervisor for five statewide and three citywide litter quantification and characterization studies, surveying 10 million square feet along roadways. She managed the itineraries, data gathering, budgets and contributed to the subsequent reports, assisting with interpretation of the data.
Captain Tim Wright
Captain Tim Wright worked with NOAA for 27 years conducting environmental studies and surveys. He earned his B.Sc. in Physical Oceanography at the University of Washington and is also an Executive MBA honors graduate. In addition to being a USCG Licensed Master Mariner, his roles with NOAA included: Director of NOAA's Atlantic Fleet Operations, Chief of Operations for NOAA's Pacific Fleet, Director of the Marine Center and command of NOAA's largest ship. He led two voyages to Antarctica and participated in surveys estimating marine life populations and forecasting El Nino events. Captain Wright also led expeditions sponsored by National Geographic, including Dr. Sylvia Earle's survey of National Marine Sanctuaries in 2000. He participated in the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference and has also worked with University of Washington Workshops on Puget Sound and Marine Debris.