Seminar – Toxins in Puget Sound – Nov. 4th at 4pm

The next presentation in the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences “Young and Seasoned Investigators in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences” seminar series will be held Thursday, November 4, 4:00pm, 102 Fishery Sciences, 1122 Boat St. A social follows the seminar.

Speaker: Tracy Collier, Oceans and Human Health Program, NOAA Fisheries

Title: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: Striving to Understand the Stress Posed by Toxic Chemicals in Puget Sound


In this presentation I will review 40 years of research on the effects of toxic chemicals on the biota of Puget Sound, show how Puget Sound is a unique estuary in regard to the impacts of toxic chemicals, and foretell the state of the Sound.


Tracy Collier currently serves as the science advisor to NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Program, where he provides science direction in the areas of chemical contaminants, pathogens, and algal toxins and their effects on human and ecosystem health. The OHH Program also investigates benefits from the sea, including the development of novel drugs. Until recently, Dr. Collier was director of the Environmental Conservation Division of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, where he supervised a research enterprise comprised of approximately 90 scientists. Dr. Collier received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1988, and he holds faculty appointments at Oregon State University and Washington State University. He serves on a number of regional, national, and international panels and committees, and has over 125 scientific publications.


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