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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
Kara Warner
Golder warner

Kara Warner has an interdisciplinary background in biology, physiology, and toxicology.  She is a Senior Environmental Scientist with Golder Associates Inc., a global geotechnical and environmental services consulting firm.  Kara’s professional experience includes environmental impact assessment components, ecological and human health risk assessments, water quality, air quality, permitting, and regulatory compliance.  She has worked at Golder for 9 years, and prior to that, Kara held several teaching and research positions, including a post-doctoral position.  She has a Ph.D. in Toxicology from Oregon State University, and an M.S. degree in Biology from Texas State University.  Kara is married with two children, ages 10 and 7, and she enjoys traveling, reading, and golfing.


Past 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.


Vice President

Ruth Sofield
Western Washington University

Ruth is an Aquatic Toxicologist with a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.  She has been a professor in the Environmental Sciences Department at Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University since 2003.  Her primary research interests are at the intersection of environmental chemistry and toxicology, with an emphasis on metals. 


Treasurer

Bob Johnston
Applied Ecological Solutions

Dr. Bob Johnston is a retired civil servant who worked as a senior scientist at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, where he coordinated environmental studies for the Navy.  Dr. Johnston has been involved with SETAC since 1989 and serving on the PNW-SETAC board is an opportunity to pay back to the Society.  During his career, he served as project officer and principal investigator to develop methods for conducting ecological risk assessments at Navy sites, investigated the ecological risk of PCBs released from sunken ships in the deep ocean, evaluated the ecological risk of constructing artificial reefs with ex-warships, and he was a coinvestigator in a partnership to model the marine environmental of the Puget Sound, WA.  He also served as Technical Coordinator of a collaborative partnership formed through an ENVivronment inVEStment (ENVVEST) partnership among the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington State Department of Ecology, U.S. EPA, and local stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive water quality improvement project for the watersheds of Sinclair and Dyes Inlets in the Puget Sound.  In 2007, he was appointed as a charter member to the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel, created to provide independent, nonrepresentational scientific advice to the Puget Sound Partnership on ecological and human health issues for the Puget Sound, where he served for two terms from 2007- 2013.  Currently, Dr. Johnston is the owner of Applied Ecological Solutions, a small business dedicated to solving environmental problems for discerning clients.


Communications Coordinator

Kaley Major
Oregon State University

Kaley Major is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Oregon State University interested in the way pollution causes to evolutionary changes in wild populations.  She holds degrees in biology (BS) and environmental science (MS, PhD).  Her dissertation work focused on the genetic mechanisms of pesticide resistance in an amphipod that is unintentionally exposed to pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticides.  She plans to continue to work with pesticides in the lab of Dr. Susanne Brander, specifically focusing on epigenetic changes associated with multigenerational exposures to endocrine disruptors (including a pyrethroid) and the role those changes might play in adaptive evolution.  When she’s not working in the lab, Kaley enjoys making soap, being outside, and learning about all of the amazing varieties of mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest.  She does not miss the winter in Boston, where she received her PhD, and cannot wait to explore more of the Pacific Northwest.

 

Board of Directors

At Large (Industry)
Erik Naylor
Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.

Erik Naylor is a scientist with 12 years of professional experience in the environmental, chemistry, quality assurance, and data analysis fields. Erik is a Project environmental scientist and chemist at Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc., a Pacific Northwest engineering and environmental services consulting firm. Prior to joining MFA eight years ago, he worked for four years as an analytical chemist specializing in the analysis of environmental media. At MFA, Erik has been integrated into a variety of projects that benefit from his combined background of environmental science and analytical chemistry. He designs and manages quality assurance programs, predesign investigations, and remedial design investigations for sites in the Northwest, as well as Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act sites, including the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Site in Idaho. His roles on projects have included chemist, environmental scientist, data manager (EQuIS and Microsoft® Access®), data analyst, data validator, quality assurance manager, 3D modeler (Environmental Visualization System), boat pilot for sediment sampling, field manager, forensic analyst, regulatory compliance and litigation support. Erik has lived in Portland for 12 years, enjoys building furniture, and is an avid rock climber and surfer who travels all over the world to pursue his passions.


At-Large (Government)

Bryson Finch
Washington Department of Ecology

Bryson Finch is the Water Quality Standards and Hydropower Lead Scientist for the Washington Department of Ecology. He develops and revises water quality standards for conventional pollutants for the State of Washington. He also provides technical assistance on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission related questions, hydropower dam relicensing, and 401 water quality certifications. He also serves as an associate consultant for Compliance Services International for pyrethroid-related water quality issues. Bryson received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Tech University, and Ph.D. in Toxicology from Oregon State University. On his days off, you’ll usually find Bryson salmon/steelhead fishing, kayaking, hiking, or enjoying time with his family.       


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)
Stephanie Krail
Oregon State University

Stephanie Krail is a PhD Student in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University. She is a graduate student in Dr. Jeffrey Jenkins’ lab researching the effects of chronic pesticide exposures on multiple generations of Daphnia magna. Stephanie received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Ithaca College in Upstate New York in 2014. Afterwards, she spent a few years in Colorado where she held various internship and research positions. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing outside, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

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.