Ms. McCann is an environmental scientist with a background in marine biology and communications studies. She specializes in Southern California marine ecology, regulatory compliance for large engineering systems, and the regulatory aspects of natural resource management. She has experience in the field collection and statistical analysis of marine fish and invertebrate populations, marine mammal husbandry and rescue, and technical writing and editing.
Ms. McCann has provided environmental, regulatory, and policy research and analysis for projects involving groundwater quality and monitoring, stormwater permitting and monitoring, environmental and biological remediation for petroleum industry sites, offshore oil and gas platform decommissioning, and artificial reefing, as well as for the Clean Water Act (CWA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), California drought water actions, oil and gas regulations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and international water quality standards. She has participated in research in support of the development of Southern California's marine protected areas and guidance to policymakers regarding the decommissioning of California's offshore oil and gas platforms. Ms. McCann has experience in the rescue of marine mammals as part of California's marine mammal stranding network, including performing necropsies and tissue collection for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) tissue bank. She has also developed local and global process, environmental, and safety training modules for the oil and gas industry.
Prior to joining Exponent, Ms. McCann served as a technical writer for the global training program of a leading energy company. She modified global training materials for a major Southern California refinery to correspond with local practices, procedures, and regulations, including process training for the hydrocracking, hydrotreating, HF alkylation, fluidized catalytic cracking, sulfur recovery, catalytic hydrodesulfurization, and gasoline blending units. Ms. McCann developed wastewater management and selenium unit environmental training for the site, and modified global safety training modules. She also created several global modules to develop both console supervisors and field operators as process trainers.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- B.A., Biology, Occidental College, 2009, cum laude
- B.A., Communications Studies, University of Detroit Mercy, 2003, summa cum laude
Rose Hills Science Scholar
Kappa Gamma Pi National Honor Society
McCann, B., Henrion, M., & Bernstein, B. (2016, April 11). A Decision Support Model for Platform Decommissioning: Successful Applications in California and Implications for Worldwide Use. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/179415-MS.
Facilitation Consultant, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, 2014–2015
Technical Writer for ExxonMobil’s Global Manufacturing Training Program, Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group, 2011–2015
Environmental and Regulatory Policy Researcher, independent contractor for Dr. Brock Bernstein, 2009–2015
Marine Mammal Emergency Response Personnel, California Wildlife Center, 2008–2013
Marine Mammalogy Husbandry Intern, Aquarium of the Pacific, 2009–2010
Research Technician, Vantuna Research Group, 2007–2009
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Served as a member of a leading energy company’s global process portfolio team, helping to develop and implement training materials in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Helped develop and implement training plans for company sites, and performed stewardship analyses for sites. Produced training modules for the following refining and chemical processes: Crude units, offsites (tank farm/oil movements), marine terminals, hydrocrackers, steam / methane reformers, hydrofiners (distillate and mixed feed), hydrotreaters, FCC, HF alkylation, semi- and cyclic regenerative Powerforming, platinum reforming, scanfining, catalytic desulfurization, sulfur plant, selenium unit, API, blending, waste water treatment, storm water treatment, utilities systems, flare systems, ketone dewaxing, lube hydrofining, lube vacuum distillation, lube extraction, LDPE, and others.
Provided training and technical writing support to a Southern California refinery to develop field and console process training materials for the sulfur recovery unit, fuel gas treater, oil movements, gasoline blending, tank farm, and waste water systems.
Provided regulatory review and analysis for client applicable to a dilution study of a proposed discharge site in Mexico, including Mexican environmental laws and standards, International Finance Committee/World Bank guidelines, and applicable California regulations.
Provided regulatory review and analysis for client for California drought guidance, including Executive Actions, State Water Board actions, Regional Water Board actions, municipal actions, and corresponding effects on related water issues/permits
Provided water quality issues tracking support for client including: MS4 permits; TMDLs; EPA/CA standards for water, sediment, and human health; Areas of Special Biological Significance; and other Water Quality Objectives (WQOs).
Assisted in the facilitation of several statewide stakeholder advisory groups for new State Water Board water quality policies for contaminated sediments, biological conditions in perennial streams, and nutrient criteria for freshwater and estuarine environments.
Provided technical writing support for a leading energy company’s global training program, localizing global training documents to correspond with a major Southern California refinery’s process, safety, and environmental systems and procedures. Developed new global process and local environmental training modules to fulfill training needs.
Participated in a comprehensive study of offshore oil and gas platform decommissioning alternatives for California to aid state policy makers, resulting in the report “Evaluating Alternatives for Decommissioning California's Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms: A Technical Analysis to Inform State Policy.”
Participated in a study that collected, identified and measured fish and invertebrates sampled from over thirty sites in the areas surrounding Oceanside, CA, the Channel Islands, and Point Conception, CA for analysis with a larger data set to develop southern California marine protected areas.
Participated in a study that collected, volumed, and sorted plankton from several sites within and outside King Harbor in Redondo Beach California on a monthly basis. Plankton data were organized by species and statistically analyzed for a 100-year study of the fish population.
Participated in research in support of the development of Southern California’s marine protected areas and guidance to policymakers regarding the decommissioning of California’s offshore oil and gas platforms.