Coastal Sciences Group Leader
Coastal Sciences Group Leader


Meg Pinza is the Group Leader for the Coastal Sciences Division at the Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory at PNNL-Sequim. Meg has been with PNNL for a total of 18 years (1990- 2006 and rejoined in 2018) and became the Group Leader in 2019.  Previously, Meg managed Triton Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office. Triton is tasked with the development, field testing, and processing of data for environmental monitoring systems deployed in and around emerging Marine Renewable Energy devices. 

Before rejoining PNNL, Meg was an environmental consultant collecting field data related to environmental monitoring of oil exploration. She conducted laboratory studies designed to look at the potential anthropogenic effects to marine organisms and analyzed field and laboratory data to inform the regulation and compliance of energy development activities.

Research Interest

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Marine renewable energy development
  • Aquatic Toxicology
  • Fate and effects of chemical and biological signatures in the marine environment


  • M.S., Aquatic Toxicology, Western Washington University, WA, 1990
  • B.S., Biology, Gonzaga University, Spokane WA, 1986