Dr. Michael J. Wade is Principal Scientist of Wade Research, Inc.™, a small business
that provides geochemical consulting services to a variety of government agencies, industrial clients, and law firms. Dr. Wade is an organic geochemist with over 38 years post-doctoral experience with an overall total of 49 years of strong technical and project management experience in a variety of research programs with special emphasis on study of organic contamination in the environment. He regularly provides expert forensic services both through deposition process as well as testimony in various U.S. Federal and State Courts in the areas of hydrocarbon fingerprinting, including assessment of sources of contamination, identification of petroleum product types, quantification of weathering effects on petroleum products, and age-dating of petroleum product releases.
Since 1992, working through Wade Research, Inc., Dr. Wade has engaged in the conduct of numerous projects dealing with the various aspects of environmental assessment, including measuring degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons and development of quantitative hydrocarbon fingerprinting techniques that identify sources of subsurface petroleum contamination. Recently, Dr. Wade has devoted an increasing amount of time and effort to increasing the quantitative understanding of petroleum product weathering reactions in the environment. Dr. Wade is widely pulished in the peer reviewed technical literature on these subject areas.
He has conducted source allocation and dioxin/dibenzofuran hydrocarbon fingerprinting assignments using established state of the art statistical approaches under a variety of circumstances including municipal incinerator impact assessment, multiple Superfund source allocation assignments, and Agent Orange manufacturing site impact assessment and source allocation. Dr. Wade has testifyed as an expert witness in U.S. Federal court as well as state court litigating dioxin/dibenzofuran cases. As part of his assignment mix, he has completed numerous assignments that have refined quantitative field and laboratory investigation approaches designed to establish time frames for the release of gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and heavier fuel oils in subsurface petroleum contamination cases. Annually, through Wade Research, Inc., Dr. Wade conducts 20 to 30 such programs for clients throughout North America.
In addition to his regular assignment mix, Dr. Wade teaches forensic geochemical containuing education courses at Rutgers, The State Univeristy of New Jersey, as well as various state regulatory staff and professional society venues throughout the United States. Such courses provide today’s environmental professionals with a broad background in organic chemistry that is then focussed down to specific tools that investigators can use to develop information on anthropogenic contaminants that lead to allocation discussions and/or legal responsibility resolution.