Stanford professors Chris Field and Mark Zoback are among 24 advisors appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to design programs focused on human health, environmental protection and oil system safety for the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The program is funded as part of settlements of federal criminal complaints against British Petroleum and Transocean Ltd. following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Zoback is member of the National Academy of Engineering who served on the committee that investigated the Deepwater Horizon event. He is the Benjamin M.Page Professor of Geophysics. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Field is Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and a professor in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science.