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19 January 2017
Volume 18 Issue 1
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Senior Resource Group Spotlight: Jerome Diamond

Matt Moore, SETAC North America Senior Resource Group

Jerome DiamondThis month, the Senior Resource Group highlights the accomplishments and career of Jerome “Jerry” Diamond, Vice-President of Toxicology Services at Tetra Tech, Inc. Diamond received a B.A. in biology from Case Western Reserve University, a M.S. in stream ecology from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His professional experience includes working as a limnologist at Case Western University’s field station, fish physiologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Corvallis laboratory, fisheries biologist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Mapleton District, technical director of ecotoxicology services at Biological Monitoring, Inc. in Blacksburg, Virginia, and for the past 23 years, a principal scientist and director of Toxicology Services at Tetra Tech, Inc. Diamond also currently leads Tetra Tech’s health ecological sciences focus group. He has authored more than 50 papers in environmental toxicology and related areas and has been a lead author on more than 20 peer-reviewed reports for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Water Environment Research Foundation and others regarding water quality criteria, wastewater permitting, ecological risk assessment and whole effluent toxicity.

Diamond has served as co-chair of the American Society for Testing and Materials’ E-47 subcommittee on Aquatic Toxicology, served as chair of the Toxics Committee with the Water Environment Federation and chair of the Technical Information Committee for the North American Benthological Society (now Society of Freshwater Science). He has been actively involved with whole effluent toxicity testing, toxicity identification/reduction evaluations (TIE/TRE) and statistical analysis of effluent toxicity data for more than 30 years. Diamond has been an invited expert on WET by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, Brazil’s Ecotoxicology Congress, Thailand’s Petroleum Institute and the Ministry of the Environment, and Korea’s Ministry of the Environment. Along with scientists from USEPA, Diamond helped develop the statistical Test of Significant Toxicity (TST) for analyzing WET data, which has been described in several SETAC journal papers. He has conducted numerous trainings regarding WET testing, statistics and NPDES permitting to state agencies and USEPA staff, wastewater permittees and the public. Diamond has also supported several states, USEPA and others regarding water quality criteria and standards implementation such as antidegradation and use attainability analyses. He has published several test methods using resident aquatic species such as mayflies and amphibians to develop site-specific water quality criteria and inform ecological risk assessments. Diamond is also actively involved in developing site-specific water quality criteria for both ecological and human health and frequently serves as a peer reviewer for USEPA’s criteria division. Diamond has been attending SETAC North America annual meetings since 1986, making more than 50 presentations and co-leading three professional training courses. Since 2003, Diamond has been an editor of Aquatic Toxicology for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry(ET&C), and he currently serves as co-editor of ET&C’s Focus articles. He is a member of both the Ecological Risk Assessment and Ecosystem Services global Interest Groups.

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 if you simply want more information about the group, please contact Laura Swanson.

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

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