Clifford S. Snyder, Southeast Region director of the Potash & Phosphate Institute, has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board Hypoxia Advisory Panel.

The SAB consists of 23 scientists who have expertise in the science and management of hypoxic conditions. The panel members were selected from a group of 91 highly qualified nominees.

The SAB panel will have the responsibility of preparing a “state-of-the-science” evaluation over the next year that identifies scientific advances and management options for hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico in three general areas: 1) Characterization of the causes of hypoxia; 2) Characterization of nutrient fate, transport, and sources; and 3) Scientific basis for goals and management options.

The first meeting of the panel was held in Washington Sept. 6 and 7, and focused on orientation and planning to complete the report. The report will be considered by EPA and its state, tribal, and federal partners on the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force.

“This appointment will require considerable time and effort by Dr. Snyder to fulfill the responsibilities on this important panel,” said Terry L. Roberts, PPI president. “The fact that he is the only scientist with industry affiliation selected for this prestigious group speaks highly of his qualifications and the level of respect he has earned. The subjects being addressed by this panel are very timely in much of North America and beyond.”

Snyder is based at Conway, Ark., and has responsibility for PPI’s programs of agronomic research and education in 11 states. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Before joining the staff of PPI in 1995, he was state Extension soils specialist with the University of Arkansas.

He was the 2000 Chair of the Soil Science Society of America Division S-8 (Nutrient Management and Soil and Plant Analysis), elected as Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) in 2002, and is the 2006 A-9 Division (Professional Practitioners) Chair of ASA. He currently serves as co-chair of the Southern Plant Nutrient Management Conference. He has served on the EPA Gulf of Mexico Nutrient Enrichment Focus Team since 1997.

The EPA has included the names and biosketches of the hypoxia SAB at this website: http://www.epa.gov/sab/panels/hypoxia_adv_panel.htm.