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Noted marine biologist joins PNNL

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May 27, 2003 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Jack Anderson, an expert on the effects of chemicals released into the environment, has joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Wash. Anderson is chief scientist in the field of ecotoxicology and holds the rank of PNNL Fellow, a designation that recognizes outstanding scientific and technical achievement.

"Jack is a pioneer in marine environmental research," said Rod Quinn, interim associate laboratory director for PNNL's Environmental Technology Directorate. "His professional accomplishments, plus his outstanding reputation in government, industry and academia, bring an important dimension to PNNL's growing research portfolio in the areas of marine biotechnology and coastal environmental evaluation."

Anderson's 30 years of research and development experience includes groundbreaking work on the potential and actual effects of oil spills, as well as the development of non-animal alternatives for marine research. He conducted much of his early petroleum research at the Sequim facility and also served as an affiliate professor in the University of Washington's School of Oceanography.

Anderson comes to PNNL from Columbia Analytical Services in San Marcos, Calif., where he led development of a screening tool or "biomarker" for assessing the toxicity and cancer-causing potential of organic compounds in the environment. This assessment tool has been used on more than 1,300 sediment samples for government investigations of coastal contamination in many U.S. bays and harbors.

A frequent speaker and advisor to national and international organizations, Anderson earned his doctorate in biology at the University of California, Irvine, and his bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Long Beach.

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Tags: Environment, Fundamental Science, Marine Research, Biology

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