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  • 27 May 2024 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's Time for HDC SETAC Elections

    Nominations for the Board of Directors are being accepted!

    We have two Board Member positions whose terms are to expire in 2024. This is a three-year term that will begin immediately after the election in June.

    All SETAC members in the HDC SETAC region are eligible to self-nominate or nominate a member for the Board. To nominate someone (or yourself), please fill out the form at the link below. You will need to include a short biographical sketch (250 words or less), qualifications, and reason for the nomination. If you are nominating someone else, please contact that person to obtain their consent before completing the form.

    Nominations will close June 5th. The election will be held online and will close June 26th.

    Nomination form: 2024 HDC-SETAC Nominations for Board of Directors

    All HDC SETAC Chapter members are eligible to vote. You will receive a separate email with instructions on how to vote once the voting period opens.  

    Your nominations and votes are important to the future of our Regional SETAC Chapter!

    Activities of HDC SETAC are led by a Board of Directors that consists of a President, Vice President, Past President, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Director and up to seven additional members, including one student. Board members are nominated and elected by the HDC membership, and the student representative is selected by the Board. The Board meets monthly via conference call and in-person two or three times a year. Board members are expected to attend all meetings and contribute to the Chapter’s website, participate in organizing and running the Chapter’s Annual Meeting, and assist in promoting Chapter events.

  • 23 Feb 2024 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    NJHA Conference & Events Center in Princeton, New Jersey, April 9

    We’re excited to announce the call for abstract submission for the 2024 Hudson-Delaware (HDC) SETAC Regional Chapter Meeting, which will take place in person on April 9th, 2024 at the NJHA Conference & Events Center, Princeton, NJThe deadline to submit your abstract is EXTENDED to Fri, March 8, 2024.

    Topics for the 2024 Meeting:

    • Chemicals of emerging concern (e.g., PFAS, microplastics, pharmaceuticals and personal care products)
    • Environmental Toxicology and Stress Response
    • Environmental Risk Assessment
    • Engineering, Remediation and Restoration
    • Field and case studies, and sustainable practices for reducing exposure risk of environmental contaminants
    • Advance in analysis and monitoring of chemical contaminants
    • Policy, Management and Communication

    Formats for Abstract Submission:

    Your abstract can be presented as a platform presentation, a short course, or a poster. Please limit your abstract to 250 words. Each platform presentation will be 15 minutes + 5 minutes of Q&A. Short courses should be approximately 1 hour.

    Submission and Registration Details:

    Follow this link to submit your abstract. Note that presenters are required to register for the meeting. Registration is now open, click here to register. 

    The registration fee is $75, which covers a continental breakfast and lunch. Early registration will close on March 29th, and late registration will be $85. Registration will be FREE for students!! Student presenters are eligible to compete for best poster or platform award at the meeting. 

  • 1 Feb 2024 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    NJHA Conference & Events Center in Princeton, New Jersey, April 9

    We’re excited to announce the call for abstract submission for the 2024 Hudson-Delaware (HDC) SETAC Regional Chapter Meeting, which will take place in person on April 9th, 2024 at the NJHA Conference & Events Center, Princeton, NJ.
    The deadline to submit your abstract is extended to Fri, March 8, 2024.

    Link to submit an abstract:

    For more information, See the document below......


  • 16 Dec 2023 7:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members of SETAC HDC attended National SETAC meeting in Louisville from Nov 12-16 November. Thank you all who joined the SETAC HDC group lunch!

  • 9 Nov 2023 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fall 2023 social event took place on Nov. 4, 2023. We went on a guided hike at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC https://www.peec.org/) and discussed the natural history and local flora and fauna of the beautiful Poconos. 

  • 26 Jun 2023 10:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HDC SETAC Board of Directors 2023 Election Results 

    Board Members

    Thivanka Ariyarathna, Ph.D., Rowan University

    Dr. Ariyarathna is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Rowan University and holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Connecticut. She completed her undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka where she was born. She is excited and committed to serving as a board member in the HDC SETAC based on her continuous involvement with SETAC for the past 11 years. She has published three peer-reviewed articles in SETAC journal, and her research focuses on origin, distribution, fate, and transport of environmental pollutants in different aquatic environments from small freshwater tributaries to coastal marine ecosystems. She evaluates natural and bio-stimulated removal of pollutants from aquatic systems via adsorption onto sediment and microbial degradation. Moreover, Dr. Ariyarathna’s research interests align with bioaccumulation of pollutants in ecosystem food web structure, and she utilizes stable isotopes as a tool for her research. She admires teamwork and her Ph.D. project was awarded with “Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration” from SERDP (Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program) in 2016. After she started her position at Rowan university in Fall, 2022, Dr. Ariyarathna received two grants from South Jersey Institute of Population Health and NJ water Research Resources institute to conduct research on heavy metals in Camden, NJ and PFAS in Atlantic Reservoir in South Jersey, respectively. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and time with friends and family.

    Sean Bugel, Ph.D., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    I am an environmental toxicologist with 15+ years of experience in the fields of environmental science and toxicology. My professional interests generally center on the adverse developmental and reproductive effects of environmental contaminants and their mechanisms of toxicity. I have extensive experience working with contaminant issues in New Jersey, particularly the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Presently, I am a Toxicologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the NJ Field Office Environmental Response and Restoration group. I am the USFWS Case Manager for the Natural Resource Damage Assessments in New Jersey, and I oversee injury assessment and restoration on several cases such as the Diamond Alkali and Berry’s Creek Superfund Sites. I received my B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University in 2005, and my M.S./Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Rutgers University in 2011. I previously worked at Oregon State University in the Department of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Sr. Research Assistant Professor (2011-2020). I also currently teach an Environmental Toxicology course at Rutgers University for the Department of Environmental Sciences. In the past, I had the honor of serving as the student representative on the Board of Directors for HDC-SETAC between 2006 and 2009. Given my excitement to return to the region, I am eager to reconnect with HDC-SETAC and contribute as a member of the Board of Directors. My main goal is to drive the growth of HDC-SETAC while fostering increased student engagement throughout the region.

  • 10 Feb 2023 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ExxonMobil is looking for an applied ecologist to join our team of environmental scientists at ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences Inc. (EMBSI). As a member of the EMBSI team, you will work alongside scientists and engineers around the globe to understand, research, and develop health, environmental and product safety solutions for ExxonMobil and the communities we serve.  This position can be located in Clinton, New Jersey or Houston, Texas.

    Description and job requirements can be found in 

    Environmental Scientist (exxonmobil.com)

  • 31 Oct 2022 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HDC SETAC Board of Directors 2022 Election Results 

    Board Members

    Gina Ferreira USEPA Region 2

    Gina Ferreira works in USEPA Region 2’s Land, Chemicals, and Redevelopment Division (LCRD) serving as the sole human health and ecological risk assessor for all the division’s programs mainly the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and TSCA PCBs.   She provides risk assessment technical assistance to RCRA sites in New Jersey and New York as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Some high-profile sites that she is working on in the HDC-SETAC area include Chemours (former DuPont) Pompton Lakes Works, Chemours (former DuPont) Chambers Works/Deepwater, Exxon Bayway Refinery, Chevron Perth Amboy, and Picatinny Arsenal. Gina is also working on risk assessment issues related to compliance averaging and TPH fractionation and several Office of Research and Development (ORD) projects related to incorporating ecosystem services into the hazardous waste site remedial process. For HDC-SETAC, Gina began as a Board Member in 2007, acted as Vice President in 2009 and subsequently served as President and Past President, and started as the Secretary in 2012. An example of an overlap of her EPA work and SETAC occurred in 2016 when a paper that she co-authored titled Ecosystem Services as Assessment Endpoints for Ecological Risk Assessment as part of a HQ Risk Assessment Forum’s ORD Technical Panel was published in the SETAC journal “Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management.”  The article provides risk assessors and remedial managers a method to present further justification for taking actions to protect environmental resources based on benefits to humans.

    Ying Wang, Ph.D., WSP USA Solutions Inc.

    I am a lead geochemist and technical principal at WSP USA, where I serve as a technical task leader for several large Superfund contaminated sediment sites (e.g., Upper Hudson River, Lower Hudson River, Lower Passaic River, Newark Bay, and Newtown Creek). I hold a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry. My professional experience covers a broad range of environmental investigation and remediation work, from ambient air quality monitoring and health effect assessment to groundwater transport modeling, sediment investigation and remediation. As a geochemist at WSP, my work has been focusing on applying various statistical methods to support remedial investigation, feasibility study, sampling design, remedial design, and environmental pollution forensics at contaminated sediment sites. I have authored or co-authored 27 peer-reviewed publications with over 6,000 citations. I am an active member of the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) PFAS team where I helped updating the AFFF section of ITRC PFAS guidance document.

    I have been involved in HDC SETAC since 2016. I have given one platform presentation in 2019 Spring meeting and one short course in 2022 Spring meeting. I will also give a presentation at the 2022 SETAC North America conference. I am particularly interested in sharing my experience in environmental chemistry and statistics. I like what HDC SETAC has offered to the scientific community, particularly the professional networking opportunities. I would like to serve as a Board member to support HDC SETAC’s mission in promoting research and supporting students. I would also be happy to assist with meetings and networking events as well as help increase the visibility of HDC SETAC within the region.

    Student Representative

    Anthony Sigman-Lowery, University of Delaware
    I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Delaware, and I am interested in joining the HDC SETAC board as a student representative because my research interests align with your mission, and I believe that my community-building talents will be an asset to the board.
    I am studying the fate and behavior of novel brominated flame retardants in aquatic environments. My research will be the first to experimentally investigate their dissolved organic matter and octanol-water partitioning properties as well as their historic deposition in Arctic sediments and presence in freshwater plankton. This research aligns with the mission of HDC SETAC, as understanding the physicochemical properties, distribution, and bioavailability of emerging contaminants is critical to evaluating their environmental toxicity and informing potential regulation. Additionally, I am one of the founding members of UD’s Queer & Trans Graduate Student Union. As co-chair, I have overseen the growth of our membership to almost 200 members, partnered with student organizations and departments on social and educational events, and advocated for more LGBTQ+ inclusive policies across the graduate college. This leadership role has provided me with significant experience as a community and event organizer, which I believe will be vital to the role of growing student membership and developing and executing student activities. HDC SETAC represents an amazing opportunity for students to meet a diverse range of environmental professionals, discover potential career pathways, and learn how their research can actually impact the world. I would be honored to join the board as a student representative and lend my skills to this mission.

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