Teresa Norberg-King, SETAC North America Vice President
We want you to know your SETAC North America (SNA) Board of Directors. In this article, we provide the background for your current leadership, the “executive committee” of the Board of Directors for 2018–2019. Our SETAC bylaws specify that we have an executive committee that provides day-to-day executive direction and guidance to SNA that consists of the officers, president, vice president, immediate past president, treasurer, one SNA at-large board member and the SETAC North America Executive Director (ex-officio). The member-at-large is appointed for one year by the president and confirmed by the board of directors. The criteria for this position is based on providing tripartite representation from government, academia, business and other factors, such as geographic and gender balance.
If you know your current volunteer leaders, then you more readily engage with them to explore opportunities for yourself. Our board members are volunteers and want to make SETAC your home professional society. Our SNA Board of Directors works on behalf of you. The SETAC organization relies on volunteer efforts from members to organize and facilitate annual meetings, workshops, in-person and web-based training and education; to sponsor and review student and early career travel and registration support; to contribute time to mentoring, science outreach and education to decision-makers; and to support research and publication awards, journals, amazing professional staff and much more.
In recent articles, we highlighted newly elected board members for the 2018–2021 term and our NASAC student board members, board members for the 2017–2020 term, and board members for the 2016–2019 term. We also have updated the SETAC staff page on the website, were you can find helpful information about their roles and responsibilities.
Roman Lanno is an Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology and Associate Director of the Center for Energy Research, Training, and Innovation (CERTAIN) at Ohio State University in Columbus. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, where his dissertation focused on the toxicity of cyanide and thiocyanate in freshwater fish. The primary focus of his research group lies in applied and theoretical aspects of chemical exposure assessment and ecological effects assessment in various environmental media. Specifically, the research examines relationships between chemical and biological measures of bioavailability and toxicity endpoints, such as lethality, growth, reproduction or biomarkers, in both aquatic and terrestrial systems. His research group has developed and applied solid-phase extraction techniques as biomimetic or biological surrogates for estimating the bioavailability of organic chemicals and metals. More recent areas of interest include the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing and applications of eDNA in ecotoxicology.
SETAC will celebrate being 40 years old in November in his home town of Toronto. He can’t think of a better way to celebrate a society that has presented him with so many career and social opportunities. Student members in SETAC experience critical interactions with professionals from academia, industry, government, environmental consulting and non-governmental organizations that lead to letters of reference and recommendation, manuscript and proposal reviews, and ultimately job placements.
Teresa J. Norberg-King is a Research Aquatic Biologist and subject matter expert at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory in Duluth, Minnesota. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and her master’s degree from the University of Wyoming while working for USEPA. Her research focus has been on developing effective methods for identifying significant stressors and effects in aquatic systems where effluent and sediment contamination are of concern. Her research interests include contaminant bioavailability, particularly in sediment; toxicity of majorions (TDS); effluents and surface water toxicity evaluations; and general emerging areas of aquatic toxicology. The goals of much of the research, applications and science outreach include developing techniques for improvements in water quality by working to identify environmental contaminants, including unknown sources of toxicity, and developing and validating toxicity tests to predict their effects in the environment for use in regulatory programs.
Norberg-King has observed how SETAC has become a highly successful forum for interdisciplinary communication among environmental scientists. She credits SETAC with playing a central role in keeping her aware and connected to some of the best science and scientists in the world. She served on the SNA Board of Directors once before, and her commitment is driven by SETAC’s core strength, the diverse membership and commitment to collaborative problem solving across sectors.
Norberg-King is a Minnesota native, and when she’s not working, you might find her spending time with her husband and family or playing with her boxer or working on her technology nerdiness.
Immediate Past President, 2018–2019
John Toll is a partner at Windward Environmental LLC, a consulting company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Toll earned his Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from the Carnegie Institute of Technology at Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in chemical engineering from the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Windward’s role in the environmental science community is to produce persuasive, high-quality investigations, analyses, presentations, report and advice to support environmental risk management decisions. Toll’s work includes site-specific projects, guidance development and applied research to improve the science behind environmental regulations. The common thread among these distinct types of projects is the goal of improving the cost-eﬀectiveness of regulatory decisions that, in principle, are aimed at reducing elevated environmental risks caused by people.
Toll is a member of the SETAC World Council and the SETAC North America Board of Directors, and is an Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management editor. After five years serving in SETAC governance and as the editor of the SETAC Globe, he has come to appreciate how much work it takes to keep SETAC fresh, vital and strong. Before he started volunteering for SETAC in a big way himself, Toll thought he understood the work involved, but now he realizes he was naïve. Having spent a decade in SETAC leadership positions, Toll’s refrain is simple, “The job of SETAC’s leaders is to create professional development opportunities for its members.”
Toll’s outside interests these days include hanging with his wife Mandy, kayaking, puppy care, gardening and anything that he can get his high-school and college-aged daughters interested in doing with him.
Trina Von Stackelberg is a Principal at NEK Associates LTD, a small firm specialized in developing risk-based modeling tools to support sustainable environmental decision-making. Von Stackelberg received an A.B. from Harvard College and her masters and Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Science and Risk Management. She is a Research Scientist at the Harvard Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) and is a research affiliate at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She co-leads the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants Group (BGC) at Harvard University. Von Stackelberg designs and implements human health and ecological risk assessments, focused on integrated, risk-based modeling approaches to support sustainable environmental decision-making. More recently, she has been focusing on the ways how the natural environment supports well-being. She has published on ecological resilience, the use of uncertainty analysis in decision-making, bioaccumulation modeling, and use of decision analytic approaches to integrate ecosystem services and risk assessment for more effective decision-making.
Von Stackelberg serves as treasurer for SETAC and has served as chair of the SETAC North America Science Committee and SETAC Science Committee. As a society, von Stackelberg feels we are facing biophysical boundaries and unprecedented environmental challenges. As environmental professionals under the umbrella of SETAC, our tripartite membership has the opportunity to contribute to a shared understanding of our relationship with the natural environment, and we work together to develop solutions-based decision-making to improve well-being.
In her spare time, she enjoys her family, does events with her dales pony (an endangered breed, only 300 remaining in the world) and works in their permaculture cider orchard with her husband.
Jeffrey Steevens is a Branch Chief at the Columbia Environmental Research Center for the U.S. Geological Survey in Columbia, Missouri. He received his bachelor’s in biochemistry at the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Mississippi. His research focuses on assessing the bioavailability and toxicity of environmental contaminants in water and sediments. Projects include the development and validation of methods for assessing toxicity, studies to improve the confidence of water quality criteria and standards for assessing sediment quality, as well as studies to assess ecological risk and injury to natural resources. One of his current responsibilities is leading a multidisciplinary team to determine the toxicity of contaminants of interest to the Department of Interior, including algal toxins, metals and major ions. His research team is currently developing methods to evaluate the effects of contaminants and other stressors on freshwater mussels, and he provides technical support to the Department of Interior on a variety of topics.
As a board member, Steevens is working to better understand how SETAC can improve its value to members, and as such, he is seeking the input of members in an upcoming survey where members will have a chance to voice their opinions to the SETAC Board of Directors.
When he is not working, he is likely running, biking or hiking and spending time with his family.
SETAC North America Executive Director
Greg Schiefer joined SETAC as a member in 1983 while working as a consultant on several SETAC-related projects. Through these projects, he was introduced to several of the founding members of SETAC and to other members who were instrumental in the early development of the society. When the new SETAC assistant executive director position was created in 1994, Schiefer was the successful applicant for that job and thus began his more than 24-year career with SETAC. As assistant executive director, Schiefer was responsible for the planning and execution of more than 25 SETAC Pellston Workshops® and eight SETAC technical workshops along with planning support for SETAC North America annual meetings. In 2007, Schiefer was promoted to SETAC North America Executive Director and manager of the SETAC North America staff and global and North America geographic unit activities. Schiefer received his master’s degree in biology from the University of New Mexico and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Weather permitting (which it mostly is in Pensacola!), he enjoys his daily commute on his RadRover e-bike. Pensacola is also an excellent place for his kayak fishing hobby. His rescue dog, Sadie, makes sure he gets his daily walks in, too.
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