David M. Chambers, Ph.D., P. Geop.

David Chambers is the founder and president of the Center for Science in Public Participation, a non-profit corporation formed to provide technical assistance on mining and water quality to public interest groups and tribal governments.

Dr. Chambers has 45 years of experience in mineral exploration and development – 15 years of technical and management experience in the mineral exploration industry, and for the past 30 years he has served as an advisor on the environmental effects of mining projects both nationally and internationally.  He has Professional Engineering Degree in physics from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science Degree in geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered professional geophysicist in California (# GP 972).  Dr. Chambers received his Ph.D. in environmental planning at Berkeley.  His recent research focuses on tailings dam failures, and the intersection of science and technology with public policy and natural resource management; financial assurance for mine closure and post-closure; and, the water impacts of mining.


  Stuart M. Levit, M.S., J.D.

Stu Levit is a staff scientist with The Center for Science in Public Participation (CSP2).  He has focused on mine reclamation/rehabilitation and cleanup issues, permitting and planning, NEPA and related processes. 

Stu earned his Masters degree in Land Restoration from Montana State University and received his law degree from Montana State University.  He works on mining and related rehabilitation issues worldwide. 

Stu worked for the Montana Department of State Lands, Abandoned Mine Reclamation Bureau, as a Land Reclamation Specialist where he assessed minesite problems and designed mine reclamation project plans. 

After completing law school, he was a clerk for the Montana Supreme Court. He then worked as the water quality program Project Coordinator for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Idaho, and for over twenty years he has focused on environmental and natural resource issues with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Pablo, Montana.