A wide variety of freshwater and saltwater taxa are used to evaluate toxic effects and/or bioavailability of contaminants under controlled experimental conditions. In addition to routinely conducting standardized tests on an array of freshwater and marine organisms, we also develop and employ test methodologies with unique end-points (such as edema differentiation using early life stages of fish) and new test species (Pacific herring, Arctic cod, and freshwater mussels). These services have been provided under a variety of regulatory formats, including USEPA and numerous state national pollution discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits, as well as international programs necessitating use of the Organization of Economic Coordination and Development (OECD) and other test protocols.

Some examples of our services include:

  • Unique taxa testing (freshwater mussels, arctic and deep water species; early life history studies of fish; multiple generation toxicity and productivity assessments)
  • Product testing studies for a variety of clients
  • Oil dispersant effectiveness and toxicity testing using standardized and modified protocols
  • Laboratory replication/modification of intertidal conditions (temperature, salinity, lighting, and aerial exposure experienced by intertidal organisms) to support ecological risk and natural resource damage assessments

Examples of Compliance Monitoring Service Areas:

  • NPDES Testing (CWA Compliance)
  • Permit Compliance and Permit Review
  • Chemical/Product Testing (Marine and Freshwater)
  • Endocrine Disruption Studies
  • Toxicity Identification Evaluations