The only nationally accredited aquatic and sediment environmental laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, our Port Gamble laboratory focuses on technology-based consulting and bench-scale environmental effects testing, which it combines with conventional field sampling. This state of the art testing laboratory was specifically designed and built by EcoAnalysts employees in 2005 to provide a platform for testing using tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, and sub-arctic aquatic species within appropriate temperatures. Our staff have more than 30 years of combined experience conducting toxicological assessments and our team offers clients a unique combination of field sampling, aquatic testing services (marine, estuarine, and freshwater), data interpretation, and technical consulting services.
The forensic ecotoxicology practice identifies and segregates contributing factors associated with adverse biological effects to aquatic and terrestrial species. Our approach categorizes possible toxicants into distinct categories, including persistent effects associated with physical features of the environment, less-persistent effects generated by biochemical cycles, laboratory artifacts (induced by laboratory conditions or factors associated with the health of test organisms), and chemical contaminants of concern. Once these contributing factors are understood, toxicological laboratory experiments are performed more effectively to evaluate site-specific bioavailability of contaminants in sediments or water.
Targeted laboratory studies include toxicity testing and bioaccumulation testing to identify and quantify ecological impacts associated with a given site using organisms that are appropriate for the location under study.