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14 December 2017
Volume 18 Issue 12
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Senior Resource Group Spotlight: Jane Staveley

Matt Moore, SETAC North America Senior Resource Group

Jane StavelyThis month, the Senior Resource Group highlights the accomplishments and career of Jane Staveley, Senior Managing Scientist at Exponent. She earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the College of William and Mary in 1976 and a Master of Science in public health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) in 1979. While at UNC, Staveley worked on conducting aquatic toxicity tests of synthetic coal gas wastewaters and their components. 

Following graduate school, Staveley worked at Union Carbide Corporation Environmental Sciences, where she developed methods for performing algal toxicity tests, which are still reflected in current test guidelines. Her next stop was the consulting firm, Malcom Pirnie, where she had additional opportunities to work on water quality and hazardous waste projects. When Staveley was assigned to make sense of a pile of sampling data from one of the Love Canal locations, she decided there was more to be done than just looking at concentrations of chemicals, and out of this came her first SETAC presentation, “A risk assessment approach for remedial actions at hazardous waste sites,” in 1983.

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Stavely remains proud of the work accomplished by her contract laboratory, Carolina Ecotox.

After 12 years at Malcolm Pirnie, a geographic relocation spurred her to start her own contract laboratory, Carolina Ecotox. This was a small facility (with four full-time staff) that specialized in aquatic plant toxicity testing under Good Laboratory Practice regulations. She remains proud of the work this group accomplished, bringing to light the need for analytical method verification in different aquatic matrices. Staveley notes that she still sees many of their studies in pesticide registration dossiers (publishing as J.S. Hughes). Following this adventure as a small business owner, Staveley joined The Cadmus Group and then ARCADIS, and the last seven years she has spent at Exponent – a job that came to her directly through contacts at SETAC.

Staveley is a charter member of SETAC and has been to every meeting in North America since 1980, missing only one in 1984. She has served on the SETAC World Council and was SETAC President in 2010. Prior to that she served on the SETAC North America (SNA) Board of Directors and was SNA President in 2007. She was also active in the Carolinas Chapter, serving on that board and then as president in 1994. She helped organize the first meeting of the Carolinas Chapter in 1992. She co-chaired the SNA Annual Meeting in 1998 (she accepts responsibility for the dunking booth idea) and has been active in several SETAC committees and interest groups. She received the Eugene Kenaga Membership Award in 2010 and was named a SETAC Fellow in 2016. Most recently, she co-chaired the SETAC Pellston Workshop® “Improving the usability of ecotoxicology in regulatory decision-making.”

Staveley notes, “SETAC has probably been the most consistent thing in my life, both professional and personal, through all the ups and downs. I truly appreciate the generous sharing of ideas, mutual hard work, friendship and encouragement that have come to me through my SETAC family.” She looks forward to mentoring the next crop of SETACers, continue to work on challenging projects at Exponent, playing dress-up with her granddaughter and racing and cruising her sailboat “Mighty Fine.”

The mission of the Senior Resource Group (SRG) is to identify, cultivate and mentor future SETAC leaders, as well as document the Society’s history and evolution of environmental science. If you are interested in becoming a member of the SRG or want more information about the group, please contact Laura Swanson.

Author’s contact information: Matt.Moore@ars.usda.gov

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