The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and EA
Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., PBC (EA) are pleased to announce that Chantilly Higbee, a
Master’s-level student at Eastern Washington University, has been selected to receive funding through the
Jeff Black Fellowship.
Higbee is conducting her thesis research on metal cycling and toxicity in contaminated Pacific Northwest
lentic systems. Her career ambition is to work in water resource management, and in addition to her
technical training, she has dedicated efforts to public outreach and prioritized communication coursework.
Her fieldwork has required coordination with landowners, tribal councils and state authorities, and offered
the opportunity to lead undergraduate volunteers from diverse backgrounds. In addition to pursing her thesis
research, Higbee has contributed to community science education efforts, served on the Student Legislative
Action Committee to lobby for a new science building, and interned at the Pacific Northwest Laboratories
Marine Science Lab. The fellowship will supplement research grants and support Higbee has received to
help her to pursue her goal of working to sustain water resources and empower communities.