Bio-sketch of Dr Alison Lane
Dr Lane is an environmental advisor, specialising in oil spill planning and response, including the development of marine oil spill plans for the Antarctic and the Sub-Antarctic. She represents New Zealand at the International Maritime Organisation, including meetings of the OPRC-HNS Technical Group and the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organisation, where she chaired a group of experts that drafted amendments to MARPOL 73/78 banning the carriage in bulk of heavy grades of oil in the Antarctic sea area.
Dr Lane has research interests in impacts of oil on a range of marine invertebrates, including Antarctic, temperate and tropical species. She is currently a principal investigator in a multi-national project assessing the weathering and behaviour of marine fuel oil spills in polar waters and the impacts of fuel oils on early life history stages of Antarctic invertebrates.