2019 Annual Meeting Program and Bios

28th Annual Meeting of the Northern California Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
May 2-3, 2019

California EPA Building
1001 I Street, Sacramento

Please note that the program will be regularly updated as new elements are announced.

“After the Storm: Identifying Impacts and Making Discoveries”

Literally and figuratively, California has recently been at the center of a lot of “storm events.” From devastating wildfires to drenching atmospheric rivers, as well as, policy changes that help to remove the deluge of chemicals that appear in our everyday lives.

What have we learned about the environmental toxicology and chemistry of our landscape and our health after these major events? What are our academia, government, and industry colleagues working on to better monitor, analyze, and understand the consequences of these fires, floods, and chemical exposures? What discoveries and tools are needed to inform and prepare decisionmakers and communities in Northern California for future events and impacts?

Thursday | May 2, 2019

Short Courses

Risk Communication
Julie Lincoln and Marcia Rubin
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Training Room 1 West

What: This hands-on interactive course provides you with research-based techniques for preparing and presenting technical information to the public, being an effective communicator, and an active listener.

Who: All who interact with the public, communities and stakeholders, particularly supervisors, project managers, public participation specialists, toxicologists, geologists, and environmental scientists.

Why: The course explains how to:

  • recognize how highly charged emotional situations impact an individual’s ability to process complex information
  • become an effective communicator and active listener of community expectations, concerns, and suggestions
  • to craft key messages and presentations specific to the audience
  • breakdown scientific information into understandable Plain Language
  • prepare effective slide shows, and public speaking presentations.

Julie Lincoln is a Senior Engineer with the Department of Toxic Substances Control. She has 19 years of experience working in the public and private sector on sites with soil and groundwater impacts. She has worked on high profile sites with many stakeholders with differing viewpoints. Julie will bring her experience and training in risk communication to share with participates in the class.M

Marcia Ann Rubin is the Chatsworth Unit Supervisor for the Office of Public Participation at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which works to protect Californians and our environment from toxic harm. She oversees the largest community outreach and education team at DTSC. In her fist year at DTSC she co-developed a Risk Communication training for her Department and has since tailored and delivered it to other State and Local Agencies.

Prior to working for DTSC, she managed fundraising campaigns for the School & Youth Program at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). During her time there, the Program raised more funds than any other School & Youth Program in the country. She also designed and sold advertising for a small direct mail publication in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Los Angeles to complete a Master’s in Strategic Public Relations from the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at USC.

Before earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Business at the University of New Mexico, Ms. Rubin spent seven years traveling the world and was fortunate to spend several years in the United Kingdom and Europe and one year in India. She still enjoys travel and continues to personally fundraise for LLS through their Team in Training Program. She just completed the Lavaman Olympic distance in Hawaii in March 2019.

Connecting with Your Audience:
Tools for Effective Science Communication
Ben Young Landis, Creative Externalities
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Training Room 1 East

As scientists and technical experts, we sometimes get stuck explaining the finer details of our research or profession — which is not the best way to open a casual conversation or to brief important decisionmakers and stakeholders. So, how can we best frame our message and explain the relevance of our good work?

What: This workshop focuses on the art of connecting one-on-one with your audience in everyday conversation. Through understanding our audience’s culture and context, we’ll find ways to communicate the big-picture implications of your work in a relaxed, relatable manner.

Who: This workshop is designed for students and professionals who need a scicomm primer or refresher on communicating science to non-technical audiences.


  • Using the Connecting with Your Audience Worksheet, you’ll get the chance to refine your talking points into clear, concise briefings tailored for specific audiences — from journalists to policymakers to industry investors.
  • We’ll go over basic elements of media interviews and conversational networking.
  • We’ll then take these talking points and tips and apply them to live improv practice in mock media interviews and mock networking situations!
  • Note: This workshop does not focus on presentation and slide skills (consider the Risk Communication Short Course instead). But choose this workshop if the idea of worksheet tools and live practice appeal to you!)

When you successfully connect with your audience, you can help inform their decisions, inspire their curiosity, and broaden their understanding of the natural world around them. Begin exploring your scicomm practice today — and help amplify the reach of your expertise tomorrow!

Ben Young Landis (@younglandis) is a writer, creative consultant, and trainer who designs lasting impact for science, environment, and society. Ben has led scicomm workshops at SETAC North America, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and Duke University, and his work has served institutions such as the California Council on Science and Technology, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society. He received a B.A. in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis, a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University, and was awarded a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship in 2009. Ben is the founder of the Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm) professional network in the Sacramento region, and is a current Board Member of NorCal SETAC.

Friday | May 3, 2019


8:00 a.m. — Registration Opens and Morning Coffee Service

9:00 a.m. — Welcoming Address

Plenary Speakers

9:15 a.m. — Meredith Williams PhD
Acting Director
California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

Dr. Meredith Williams is the acting director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). She was selected to serve as acting director by Secretary Blumenfeld on January 9, 2019. Meredith joined DTSC in December 2013 as the Deputy Director of DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products program to lead the implementation of California’s groundbreaking program to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products. She has expertise in research and development, product management, and operations for Fortune 500 technology, consumer product, and chemical companies including Applied Materials and 3M. Following her work for Fortune 500 companies, she held a number of leadership positions at the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), a nationally-recognized center for science in support of aquatic resource management. Meredith strives for collaborative solutions to complex problems and has a track record of championing interdisciplinary project management approaches. She holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in physics from North Carolina State University.

9:55 a.m. — Kelly Moran PhD
TDC Environmental

Kelly D. Moran, Ph.D. is President of TDC Environmental, LLC, where she works with state and local governments to prevent water pollution through science-based programs like the Brake Pad Partnership and the Urban Pesticides Pollution Prevention Partnership. Dr. Moran co-chairs the California Green Ribbon Science Panel and serves as a science advisor for the San Francisco Bay Regional Monitoring Program Emerging Contaminants program and the State Water Board’s Stream Pollution Trends Monitoring Program.  

10:35 a.m. — Break and Poster Session

11:05 a.m. — Platform Session 1

Identifying estrogenic compounds with High Resolution LC/MS effects-directed analysis in California sewage sludge. Gabriella P. Black, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA.

Rapid, sensitive and selective detection of deadly amatoxins by antibody-based bioanalytical methods. Candace S. Bever, ARS-USDA, Albany, CA.

11:45 a.m. — Lunch Break/ Student-Mentor Lunch


1:15 p.m. — Platform Session 2

Quantitative analysis of PFASs in aqueous film forming foam bound to serum albumin protein. Wenting Li, W. Li, T. Young, H. Bischel, University of California Davis, Davis, CA.

Santa Rosa’s Experience with Benzene in the Wake of the Tubbs Fire. Stefan Cajina, P.E., CA State Water Resources Control Board

Toxicology and Risk Assessment at DTSC: making California a better place. Claudio Sorrentino, Department of Toxic Substances Control

2:15 p.m. — Break and Afternoon Coffee Service

2:30 p.m. — Platform Session 3

A Leach Rate Cap on Copper Antifouling Paints in California: A Regulatory Case Study. Aniela Burant, X. Zhang, N. Singhasemanon, Surface Water Protection Program, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Sacramento, CA

An assessment of woodchip bioreactor performance for pesticide removal from agricultural tile drainage. Olivia M. Wright, M.E. Hattaway, T.M. Young, H.N. Bischel, University of California, Davis, CA

Development of a data visualization tool for pesticides and water quality. Lisa Hunt, American Rivers, Berkeley, CA

3:30 p.m. — Poster Session

  1. Assessing Food Preparation and Storage as Sources of Ceriodaphnia dubia Culture Quality and Chronic Test Variability. K.N. Prosser, A.M. Briden, S.L. Clark, B.C. Jorgenson, Pacific EcoRisk, Fairfield, CA.
  2. Effect of Ceriodaphnia dubia Culture Hardness on Laboratory Control Test Performance. S.L. Clark and A. M. Briden, Pacific EcoRisk, Fairfield, CA.
  3. Effects of Organism Age on Ceriodaphnia dubia Acute Sensitivity to Zinc in Lab Water. S.V. Vasquez, B.C. Jorgenson, A.M. Briden, and N.R. Lynch, Pacific EcoRisk, Fairfiled, CA.
  4. Development of a behavioral test for toxicity assessments in Delta Smelt larvae. P.C. Mundy1, M.F. Carte2, L. Wong1, K.E. Huff-Hartz3, M. Lydy3, S.M. Brander4 , T.C. Hung1 , N.A. Fangue1 , R.E. Connon1. 1 University of California Davis, CA, 2 University of Namur, Namur, BE, 3 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL; 4 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  5. Toxicological assessments of Salinas Valley agricultural runoff. S. Stinson1 , X. Deng2 , S. Hasenbein3 , E. Holland4 , S.P. Lawler1 , R.E. Connon1. 1 University of California, Davis, CA; 2 CA Department of Pesticide Regulations, Sacramento, CA; 3 Technical University Munich, Germany; 4 CA State University Long Beach, CA.
  6. Passive Sampling of Surface Waters in Northern California using Chemcatcher® for Agricultural and Urban Use Pesticides. C.J. Sanders, M.L. Hladik, M.D. De Parsia, J.L. Orlando, US Geological
    Survey California Water Science Center, Sacramento, CA.
  7. Water Quality Monitoring at a Delta Integrator Site. M. Stillway, A. Chorazyczewski M.P. Rooney, W.D. Ramirez, S.J. Teh, University of California at Davis, Davis CA.
  8. Pyrethroid concentrations toxic to Hyalella azteca in an urban creek diluted to non-toxic levels by municipal wastewater discharge. C.A. Irvine, P. Bedore, M. Bryan, Robertson-Bryan, Elk Grove, CA.
  9. Evaluating potential acute and chronic effects of pesticide mixtures on invertebrates in streams from five U.S. regions. L.H. Nowell1 , J.E. Norman1, M.L. Hladik1, B.J. Mahler2 , P.C. Van Metre2 , P.W. Moran3, T.S. Schmidt4, M.W. Sandstrom4. 1 U.S. Geological Survey, Sacramento, CA; 2 U.S. Geological Survey, Austin, TX; 3 U.S. Geological
    Survey, Tacoma, WA; 4 U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO.
  10. Fipronil immunoassay: from conception to broad application. N. Vasylieva, B. Barncyh, D. Wang, BD. Hammock, Department of Entomology and Nematology, and UCD Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California Davis, Davis, California 95616, United States.
  11. Challenges in Effective Resource Management and Solutions through Quality Assurance. R. Pisor, J. Saraceno, T. Treleaven, S. Miller, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento, California.
  12. Household Pesticide and Heavy Metal Measurement in Knights Landing and Capay Valley, California. J. Kelty, T. Jow, D. Moher, S. Somepalle, G. Lebrec, T. Young, N. Vu, K. Prado, A. Aranda, N. Deeb-Sossa, L. Van Winkle, UC Davis, Davis CA.
  13. Risk Assessments at Closed Small Arms Shooting Ranges Need to Consider Lead in Soil and in Lead Bullet and Shot Sources. J. L. Spearow1, C.L. Tsao2. 1 DTSC/Cal EPA, Sacramento, CA; 2 CDFW, Sacramento, CA.
  14. Applying a cumulative risk framework to drinking water assessment: a California case study. T. Stoiber1, A. Temkin2, D. Andrews2, C. Campbell2, O.V. Naidenko 2. 1 Environmental Working Group, San Francisco, CA; 2 Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C.
  15. Assessing Lethal & Sublethal Effects of California Wildfire Ash on Hyalella Azteca. Hadeel Bader, et al., University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

4:15 p.m. — Members Meeting, Student Awards, and Reception