In an effort to respond efficiently to the numerous requests for environmental scientific expertise that SETAC frequently receives, we are asking members willing to help support outreach efforts to update their profiles and online resumes. Do note that SETAC would never provide contact information to anyone seeking expert information without first contacting the individual and securing their agreement to participate. This allows for participation on a case-by-case basis.
Update Your Profile to Get Involved
Log in to your SETAC account, click “Manage Profile” in the upper right hand side bar and select “Edit Bio.” You will be asked to confirm your password.
In order for the database to work efficiently, you must provide current and complete information.
Indicate which support roles you are willing to provide. This is a new section designed to identify members interesting in providing support in a variety of roles:
Update professional expertise to reflect your actual expertise (and experience, as well.) There is a section of the profile below the expertise designations where you can indicate areas of interest, which will not reflect “expertise.”
- Expert Testimony
This involves providing depositions or in-trial testimony on a particular subject matter. The time commitment, effort and potential travel involved will be case-specific.
- Press Inquiry Response
SETAC periodically is contacted by the press. Experts provide background or quotable information to the reporter. Normally these inquiries would be for the print or online media rather than radio or TV. Time commitment is minimal.
- Legislative Body Science Support
As a component of SETAC’s science education and outreach mission, we provide information, scientific material or training to legislative members or their staff. Support is coordinated with our Outreach Committee and conforms to the Outreach Policy SOP. Time commitment will vary.
- Crisis Science Team Participation
Currently we have one program, organized under the U.S. Geological Survey Strategic Sciences Group (USGS/SSG), to identify and secure participation in real time environmental crisis intervention. The types of incidents may be quite broad and span the areas of responsibility not only within the USGS but also those of other agencies. Members interested in supporting this role are suggested to obtain general approval to be considered as participants from their supervisors or managers. Most of these engagements are face-to-face and each may last up to a week. Time commitment is infrequent but extensive.
- Peer Review (non-journal)
SETAC has organized peer review teams previously under the auspices of the North American Science Committee (see SOP here). This effort could be in support of technical assessment documents, science-based policy or technical guidance at local, state, national, or even international levels. Any potential conflict of interest issues would be addressed at the point of assembling the review team. Time commitment is moderate.
- Public Inquiry Response
SETAC receives inquiries from the public through several channels – general website queries, telephone, email and social media. While many of these inquiries can be handled by the staff, there are some instances where help from an outside expert would be beneficial. This does not necessarily entail the expert contacting the inquirer directly.
Add Your CV or Resume
Our website also features a CV or resume tool. Coupled with the expertise designations, a resume will allow us to better identify the most appropriate “expert,” avoiding extraneous calls. This feature allows you to attach a document after filling in the information field in the resume form.