Western Lecture Series
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: Olympic College, Poulsbo campus, Room 221
This lecture will examine toxic contaminants in the Salish Sea food web. Lecture material will include which contaminants are problematic in Puget Sound, how organisms are exposed to contaminants, which species are monitored for toxins and the health effects of toxic exposure. Instructor will provide an overview of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) 25 years of monitoring status and trends of toxins in the ecosystem, such as which chemicals are increasing, which are decreasing and how contaminants move through the food web. Instructor will analyze data and talk about contaminants of emerging concern and monitoring new species.
Jennifer Lanksbury is a marine ecotoxicologist at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife's Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program - Toxics in Biota team. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of marine ecology as a field researcher, data analyst and published author. Lanksbury worked for the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Alaska Fisheries Science Center doing research on plankton biology and ecology before she began to study marine ecotoxicology at WDFW. She received a master’s degree environmental science (marine and estuarine science) from Western Washington University in 2000. She received her bachelor’s degree in natural resource science (wildlife biology) from Washington State University in 1996.