Michael P. Lynch is Senior Investigator and Investigation Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program. He has been investigating oil spills and marine accidents since 1996, and is the principal author of many of the program’s investigation reports and spill prevention publications. Prior to working for Ecology, Mike served as Captain of cargo and passenger ferries, as an officer on NOAA’s oceanographic research vessels, as a hydrographer, and as a marine weather forecaster with the National Weather Service. He is a member of the Nautical Institute and past member of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Navigation Safety Advisory Council. His maritime licenses have included Master of 1600-ton and Second Mate of unlimited tonnage vessels. Mike graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Marine Affairs degree, having specialized in port and marine transportation studies with an environmental management emphasis, and received his Bachelor of Science in meteorology and oceanography from the State University of New York Maritime College.