|Nathaniel L. Scholz
The Ecotoxicology Program at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center designs and implements pollution research to guide NOAA’s mission to conserve and manage trust species, habitats, and ecosystems. The Program focuses on a wide diversity of toxic threats to coastal watersheds, estuaries, embayments, and nearshore marine environments. Ecotox research serves many purposes. For example, these include characterizing risks to endangered species, evaluating the effectiveness of pollution control strategies, monitoring the success of habitat restoration projects, and identifying contaminants of emerging concern.
Research is conducted across biological scales, from molecular biology to community ecology. Program investigators are typically highly collaborative, both within the Center and also with external partners such as academic laboratories and other agencies. Lastly, research projects are developed to meet critical information gaps at the interface between science and environmental policy.
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Water quality; Endangered species; Ecotoxicology; Risk assessment; Pollution; Conservation biology; Contaminants; Restoration; Ecosystem;