CREED was initiated as a SETAC-supported activity to develop a framework and criteria for assessing the reliability, relevance and usability of environmental exposure data, aiming to improve the transparency and consistency with which exposure data are evaluated for use in environmental assessments for the benefit of environmental professionals from all sectors. CREED’s goal is to provide a framework through which expert judgement is guided and documented, so that exposure data-use decisions can be made in a systematic and transparent way, and to facilitate consistency from user-to-user.
The webinar will cover the highlights from this workshop, and mirror the manuscripts that were developed for the journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management.
Director, wca environmental
Graham Merrington is a director of wca. He has more than 25 years experience of chemicals risk assessment, waste regulation, and the fate, behavior and effects of chemicals in the environment. After receiving a BSc in environmental science and a PhD in the environmental behaviour of metals at historic mine sites from the University of London, Graham took up a post-doctoral research position at the Department of Soil Science, University of Reading, UK. From the University of Reading, Graham moved to Bournemouth in 1994, where he was a lecturer in environmental chemistry and teamed up with colleagues to look at the transfer of metals through terrestrial food chains, specifically the soil-plant-insect linkage. In 1998, Graham took up a position at Adelaide University in Australia as a lecturer in soil chemistry, where he continued his research on metal behavior with colleagues at CSIRO. Graham joined wca from the Environment Agency of England and Wales, where for five years he led a research and development program focused on Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) in soils, waters and sediments. He has represented the UK at Expert Groups for the Water Framework Directive and was a regular attendee as an expert for metals related issues at the European Commission. Graham has written or co-authored more than 80 scientific publications focusing on the behavior and fate of chemicals in environmental systems. More recently he has been part of groups who have written EU technical guidance on the regulatory implementation of EQS.
Research Chemist Emeritus, US Geological Survey
Lisa Nowell is a Research Chemist Emeritus with the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Sacramento, California, USA. She has over 30 years of experience doing environmental fate and chemistry, modeling and environmental assessment of chemical contaminants. Lisa received a BA in human biology from Stanford University, and an MS in ecology and PhD in agricultural and environmental chemistry from the University of California, Davis. She did a post-doc at EAWAG in Switzerland, then worked at the US Food and Drug Administration doing risk assessment of FDA-regulated chemicals. Joining the USGS in 1991, Lisa was involved in the original design and implementation of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program and was a founding member of NAWQA’s Pesticide National Synthesis team. More recently, Lisa worked as part of the multidisciplinary Regional Stream Quality Assessment team, to assess the effects of multiple stressors on stream biota across the US. At USGS, Lisa has conducted national and regional-scale assessments of pesticides and other contaminants in water, sediment and aquatic biota, and with colleagues has developed tools, such as sediment-quality benchmarks, aquatic-life benchmarks, the Pesticide Toxicity Index and Health-Based Screening Levels, for interpreting the biological significance of contaminants in water and sediment. Lisa has done science advisory work for both the State of California and the US Environmental Protection Agency. She is Deputy Editor of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal and on the Editorial Board of the SETAC journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. She has been active in SETAC throughout her career, joining as a graduate student, and most recently co-chaired SETAC’s global technical workshop to develop Criteria for Reporting and Evaluating Exposure Datasets (CREED). As an Emeritus scientist at USGS, Lisa continues to track, interpret and model the occurrence of contaminants in stream water and sediment and to interpret data on sediment toxicity and ecological condition in relation to chemical stressors.
Senior Fate Scientist, US Environmental Protection AgencyCharles (Chuck) Peck is a senior fate scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs, specializing in aquatic exposure assessments for pesticides. Chuck has worked at the Office of Pesticide Programs for 15 years.