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Pacific Northwest Chapter of the
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Promoting toxicology and chemistry research in the Pacific Northwest

Meet the Board!!

The PNW-SETAC Board is an all-volunteer group of scientists from diverse educational and professional backgrounds.  It is comprised of Officers (Immediate Past President, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) and a Board of Directors representing academia, government, and industry.  Officer and Board members are elected by the membership, usually in the fall, and serve 3-year terms.  We also have an At-Large (Student) Board member who is appointed annually by the Board.  Please feel free to contact any of our Officers or Board members by clicking on their titles in their profiles.


Officers

President
Jeff Wirtz
Compliance Services International

Jeff is a Senior Consultant with Compliance Services International. He prepares risk assessments and ecological reports for a variety of U.S. and international clients examining terrestrial and aquatic effects for site and product assessments. His experience includes data analysis, interpretation, and quality evaluation, as well as sample collection. In addition to his scientific background, Jeff has served as a Quality Assurance Officer, with specialties in EPA, FDA, and OECD Good Laboratory Practice standards and their application. He received a B.A. in Biology and German (double major) from Grinnell College and a M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his free time, Jeff can usually be found climbing in the Cascades or the Olympics with the Mountaineers.


Past President
Julann Spromberg
Ocean Associates, Inc. for the Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Julann is a Research Toxicologist on contract with NOAA Fisheries. She conducts life-history modeling to investigate how toxicity-induced biological responses may translate to population-level impacts.  Her work has focused on direct and indirect toxic impacts due to environmental contaminants (including metals, pesticides, PAHs, and stormwater) on Pacific salmon and other endangered fish populations.  She assists in investigating impacts of urban stormwater runoff, and particularly on the causes and consequences of Pre-Spawn Mortality of coho salmon in urban streams.  Julann received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the Graduate Center for Toxicology at the University of Kentucky.  Time away from the office is spent caring for her horses and apple trees on a small farm in the Cascade foothills.

 

Vice President
Angela Perez
Cardno ChemRisk

Angie is a toxicologist at Cardno ChemRisk and is the Regional Unit Manager of the Portland group. She is also an adjust faculty member at Oregon State University in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, where she received her Ph.D. in Toxicology.  Her focal areas include exposure assessment and human health risk assessment, with emphasis on contaminated sites and product liability. Her research interests include characterizing risk associated with exposures to asbestos, metals, carbon monoxide, antimicrobials (e.g., triclosan, triclocarban), phthalates, and perfluoroakyl chemicals (e.g., PFOA, PFOS). Angie enjoys spending time with her son and foster children, playing softball, board game nights, and gardening.


Treasurer
, Webmaster, and Registered Agent
April Markiewicz treasurer
Western Washington University

April is a Toxicologist II and the Associate Director of the Institute of Environmental Toxicology at Western Washington University (Western).  She is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Environmental Sciences in Huxley College of the Environment at Western.  She received her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and M.S. in Aquatic Toxicology/Aquatic Ecology from Western.  April directs, manages, and supervises the day-to-day operations of the Institute.  She also serves as a technical and informational resource for students, staff, faculty and the general public, teaches classes in environmental toxicology, writes grant proposals, and co-authors publications.  Research interests include aquatic and stream ecology with emphasis in ecotoxicological effects on community- and ecosystem-level interactions, as well as chemical partitioning to water and sediments, and its effects on nutrient cycling.


Secretary

Coreen Hamilton
AXYS Group

Coreen Hamilton is an analytical chemist with Axys in Sidney, BC.  She is a senior scientist, conducts analytical method development for both legacy and pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern and assists clients with all aspects of their projects from designing sampling plans through to data validation.  Her work includes development of methods for the EPA, techniques for high volume sampling projects in the arctic and other remote locations, passive sampling, monitoring pharmaceuticals in wastewater and for naphthenic acids and PAH in northern Alberta.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Victoria where she teaches general and analytical chemistry.  She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University and her PhD from the University of Alberta.  Coreen is also a quilter and avid duplicate bridge player.

 

Board of Directors

At Large (Industry)
Diana Dishman
Integral Consulting Inc.

Diana is a Scientist with Integral Consulting Inc. She has a background in population biology and specializes in quantitative analysis of environmental data and population modeling in support of pesticide risk assessment. Diana also has experience providing support for large-scale natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) studies, generating population models for federal agency conservation planning, conducting food web modeling in support of pesticide registration, and conducting aquatic toxicity testing. She received a B.A. in Organismal Biology from Scripps College, and a M.S. in Biology from Portland State University. When she’s not analyzing data Diana is usually tending the sheep and chickens she raises with her daughter on their two acre hobby farm.


At-Large (Government)

Arthur Buchan
Washington Department of Ecology

I am a Toxics Cleanup Program Toxicologist for the Washington State Department of Ecology, where I work in the Policy and Technical Support Unit.  I am responsible for providing technical assistance for eco-toxicology issues throughout the state, which include site specific recommendations and policy/education.  My professional interests include Wildlife Exposure Modeling, Plant and Soil Bioassays, and Net Environmental Benefit Analysis.  Recently, I have developed guidance for Terrestrial Ecological Evaluations, Dioxins/Furans/PCBs, and am currently working on a Benthic Biomass Endpoint.  Recognizing the importance of the prevention of releases of toxic substances, I also became certified as a Cathodic Protection Technician, which then allows me to provide technical assistance relating to corrosion issues.  On a personal level, I enjoy spending time with my family (wife and two children), fishing, and travel.  I served fours in the Military, have a B.Sc. from Eastern Washington University and a M.Sc. from Central Washington University.  I started working for the Washington State Department of Ecology in 2004, and my office is located in Olympia, WA.         


At-Large (Academia)

Ed Kolodziej
University of Washington

Ed Kolodziej began his academic studies with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (1998), after which he focused on environmental issues and went to the University of California at Berkeley where he received his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D (2004) in Environmental Engineering. He came to The University of Washington (Tacoma and Seattle campuses) in 2014 as part of the UW Freshwater Science Initiative after seven years as faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno, in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He currently holds a joint appointment with Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Tacoma and Civil and Environmental Engineering (UW Seattle), and is affiliated with local and regional water quality efforts through The Center for Urban Waters (http://www.urbanwaters.org/) in Tacoma, WA.

Ed’s interests include water quality and contaminant fate in natural and engineered systems, especially focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to complex environmental issues affecting water and ecosystem health. His research group works to characterize and control non-point source pollution, understand attenuation mechanisms in natural systems, and optimize engineered systems for trace contaminant removal. He has extensive experience in trace analytical chemistry for organic pollutants, endocrine disruption and sublethal impacts on aquatic organisms, and the fate of bioactive contaminants in aquatic habitats. Outside of work, Ed can often be found doing something outside, usually rock climbing, skiing, hiking, or fly fishing.

 

At-Large (Student)
Lauren Crandon
Oregon State University

I am a third year PhD student in Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University.  I became a member of SETAC shortly after moving from Kansas to start my graduate career.  As an undergraduate, I served as an active member of our Engineers Without Borders student chapter and helped organize a volunteer trip to New Orleans to assist in building a more sustainable community after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina.  I became interested in alternative fuels and became part of an interdisciplinary research team focused on every aspect of an alternative liquid fuel, from the cultivation of biomass, its conversion to fuel, and viability in a combustion engine.  This sparked my passion for collaborative and interdisciplinary research.  I currently work as a graduate research in Dr. Stacey Harper’s nanotoxicology lab.  Our mission is to evaluate the environmental health and safety impacts of nanotechnology by incorporating engineering principles and toxicity assessments. 

I am highly motivated by SETAC’s commitment to apply multidisciplinary approaches to solve environmental problems.  I plan to continue my involvement in SETAC as the student representative.  I believe my interest in collaborative research, ability to communicate science as a mentor, and my commitment to community outreach have prepared me to take on this role.