Tim was a founding partner of Nuka Research in 2004. Since 2020 he has continued to contribute to Nuka Research projects as an employee. Tim has provided marine environmental consultative services for more than 20 years. His professional experience also includes work in state and local government, the oil production industry, and oil spill response organizations. He has also worked as a research biologist, and has served on numerous boards and councils throughout his career.
Tim helped found the Seldovia Oil Spill (SOS) organization and served as its first president. During the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill, Tim was director of operations from Seldovia. Tim participated in the negotiated rulemaking for the U.S. vessel response plan regulations promulgated under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
Tim has organized and facilitated dozens of oil spill response exercise, emergency management drills, and equipment deployment trainings. He is an ICS instructor and is qualified to fill ICS staff positions in the Logistics and Planning Sections, from the Section Chief level down. Tim has participated in the incident management teams for numerous oil spills, most recently serving as the Sampling Group Supervisor for the M/V Selendang Ayu oil spill in Unalaska.
Tim has a reputation as a consensus-builder with the ability to produce high-quality work products under tight budgets and aggressive project timelines. He is a natural facilitator with the ability to navigate contentious issues. He is a recognized expert in oil spill prevention and response.
Tim is a graduate of Colorado State University and holds a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Alaska, Southeast. He manages Nuka Research’s Pacific Coast operations from his office in picturesque Seldovia, Alaska, where he resides with his wife. Tim is an avid fisherman and kayaker, and may also be spotted rowing his wooden dory (the inspiration for our logo) around Seldovia Harbor, mountain biking, hiking, and back-country skiing.