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For over 25 years, Robert Benda was a biology professor for the Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, Alaska. He taught a wide range of classes including environmental studies, statistics, and biology. He has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and botany from Indiana State University, a master’s degree in zoology and botany from DePauw University, and a Ph.D. in ecology and systematics from Indiana State University. During the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Robert worked for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) as a member of the Interagency Shoreline Cleanup Committee, one of the resource groups that advised the Coast Guard during the oil spill response and cleanup. Shortly after the oil spill, he joined the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council’s Terminal Operations and Environmental Monitoring (TOEM) Committee. Through the TOEM Committee, Robert has been involved in reviewing the operational practices at the Valdez Marine Terminal, as well as its environmental impacts.