EcoAnalysts staff specializes in applying their substantial experience in toxicology, marine ecology, aquatic biology, and chemistry to simulate site conditions in a controlled laboratory setting to study the interactions of contaminants and species of concern. This approach has allowed our clients and regulators to focus on threshold concentrations that are based on actual site conditions, direct observation, and measured responses as opposed to modeled values based on data from the literature. In some cases, our client’s needs require specialized programs that include research and development, project specific protocols, and an emphasis on simulating site-specific conditions to fully understand the potential effects or bioavailability of potential contaminants.
Focused studies use the laboratory model to isolate key study factors, while simulating site conditions and site-specific scenarios. Our senior scientists have developed testing methods and protocols for tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, and arctic aquatic species. Test systems have been developed to evaluate effects related to difficult test matrices, such as hydrogen sulfide, drilling muds, and newly developed pesticides.
Laboratory programs have included field validation studies to ground-truth laboratory testing. As an example, we have developed protocols and conducted tests on the effects of petroleum dispersants and the biodegradation of petroleum in Arctic environments at a laboratory that we established in Barrow, Alaska in association with the University of Alaska and the Barrow Arctic Research Center. Data from these directed laboratory studies have supported site-specific water-quality criterion development, product registration, spill-response modeling, and net-environmental benefit analysis.
EcoAnalysts collaborates with resource and regulatory agencies so that questions of applicability and appropriateness of results are addressed early in the testing program. Many of the biological testing modifications developed by EcoAnalysts staff are conducted as side-by-side comparisons (parallel testing) of the standardized method, to demonstrate the need for modified testing protocols to meet site-specific requirements.
Examples of Research and Development Service Areas:
- Methods Development –
- Criterion Standards Evaluations
- New Species Studies
- Water Effects Ratio
- Total Maximum Daily Load
- Global Climate Change Research and Planning