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Paul D. Boehm, Ph.D.

Group Vice President & Principal Scientist

Environmental Sciences

Professional Profile


During 38 years of consulting, Dr. Boehm has advised industrial, legal, and government clients on scientific matters involving many aspects of environmental, analytical, and forensic chemistry as well as petroleum chemistry and natural gas geochemistry. He is a leading practitioner and a recognized expert in the fields of environmental (chemical) forensics as applied to site and sediment investigations; environmental fate of chemicals; and natural resource damage assessments (NRDA) for oil spills and contaminated sites; and oil and gas geochemistry. Many of his projects involve aspects of historical reconstruction of chemical releases; chemical fingerprinting; divisibility and apportionment; and chemical exposure and injury assessment. His extensive knowledge of the strategic application and practice of environmental chemistry and forensics has been applied to numerous cases involving complex environmental liability and litigation matters. Dr. Boehm’s work has focused extensively on oil refineries, fuel terminals, oil pipelines, and offshore platforms; manufactured gas plants (MGP); land and sediment Superfund sites; pulp and paper mills;\ other active and legacy manufacturing sites, and natural gas storage fields.

Dr. Boehm is well-known internationally in the field of marine pollution and oil spill scientific assessment with specific emphases on environmental aspects of contaminated sediments, spill response, and NRDA. He has published extensively on the fate and effects of many major oil spills in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East (e.g., Amoco Cadiz; Haven; Ixtoc 1; Exxon Valdez; Arabian Gulf War spill; Deepwater Horizon). His work in the NRDA arena goes well beyond oils spills as he has been engaged in numerous cases at CERCLA and State sites, where he has provided expert technical support on exposure and injury assessment; the determination of baseline or background; divisibility and apportionment of contamination, including the applicability of CERCLA’s "petroleum exclusion."

His work as an analytical, environmental, and geo-chemist has involved petroleum hydrocarbons – crude oils, refined fuels, and fuel additives – polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), other chlorinated organics, solvents (TCE, PCE), and metals. As a natural gas and petroleum chemist and geochemist, he has also investigated geochemical aspects relating to the migration of natural gas from storage fields and other gas operations.

Dr. Boehm has published extensively and been appointed to serve on several national panels on environmental/ marine pollution and has served on several National Research Council panels.

  • Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1977
  • M.S., Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1973
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester, 1970