Matt Moore, SETAC North America Senior Resource Group

This month, the SETAC North America Senior Resource Group highlights the accomplishments and career of Joe Gorsuch, who recently retired after working for more than 46 years in the environmental monitoring, management and ecotoxicology fields. Prior to retirement, his professional experience included working for American Electric Power (4 years); Purdue University Agronomy Department and Laboratory for Applied Remote Sensing (3 years); spending more than 30 years at Eastman Kodak Company as Senior Toxicologist, Environmental Sciences Manager, and Director of Silver Issues; working 6 years for the Copper Development Association as Manager of Health, Environment, Sustainable Development; and 13 years as President and Owner of his consulting business Gorsuch Environmental Management Services, Inc. (GEMS).

A native of Indiana, Gorsuch received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Purdue University and his M.S. and postgraduate work in Environmental Sciences (major in Aquatic Toxicology) from Purdue University under Jerry Hamelink’s guidance. Gorsuch’s research and management activities over the last 40 years have been primarily focused on fate and effects of silver and copper; phthalate esters in the environment; and determining the ecotoxicity effects of more than 1000 photographic and industrial chemicals and compounds on aquatic organisms and terrestrial plants. He also developed standard methods for plant testing. Gorsuch has published more than 55 papers, served as editor of 12 books and special journal issues, published 16 blogs and one podcast, and was presenter or co-presenter for over 150 scientific presentations. Gorsuch and his family have lived in Rochester, NY area for 45 years.

Gorsuch is a charter member of SETAC, collaborating with his Kodak staff member Bill Ewell (first SETAC membership committee chairman) to convince Eastman Kodak Company to be one of the original 13 organizations funding the incorporation of SETAC in 1979. With Ewell’s and Gorsuch’s oversight, the SETAC logo was developed in the Kodak graphic arts studio. Gorsuch has served on the SETAC Publication Advisory Committee (PAC) for 13 years (Coordinating Editor of SETAC Books – publication of 34 books and was co-chair of PAC efforts to highlight the top 100 cited Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) papers), and he helped form the SETAC Metals Interest Group in early 2000. Gorsuch recently served as a trustee on the SETAC North America Gene Mancini Endowment Fund’s Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Ecological Risk Assessment Interest Group, Sediment Interest Group and Nanotechnology Interest Group. He served two terms on the editorial board of ET&C as well as co-editor with Steve Klaine on two “Silver in the Environment” special ET&C journal sections. Gorsuch was lead co-editor on the March 2006 SETAC Special Issue: Metals in Soils as well as lead editor on the SETAC publications Silver: Environmental Transport, Fate, Effects, and Models and Copper: Environmental Fate, Effects Transport and Models. Gorsuch secured funding from Kodak for three SETAC Pellston Workshops® and participated in the July 2002 Toxicity of Diet-borne Metals to Aquatic Organisms. Gorsuch often served as a session chair at annual meetings, including the first SETAC session on using terrestrial plants in determining risk of chemicals in soils. In 2003, Gorsuch was presented with the Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award for his many contributions to SETAC.

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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