Driving Trends in Environmental Forensics 2020 Working Group
This summer we are hosting a working group in place of the originally planned 2020 Copenhagen Conference. The aim of this working group is to produce impactful, peer-reviewed publications on Environmental Forensics and it will draw on experience from our multidisciplinary community rather than focusing on a single scientific discipline. We invite you to join us to shape and deliver this community-driven activity.
This workshop will be delivered in two phases. A welcome meeting to be held on July 27th, 2020 at 4:00 PM BST to establish the topics for the scientific manuscript, followed by a half-day workshop to explore the topics in more detail and provide additional information for producing the publications to be published in the Journal Environmental Forensics.
Registration If you are interested in contributing to this community driven activity and wish to attend the welcome meeting, please register here.
Meeting 1: welcome meeting This meeting is to get feedback from the community on the scope for the scientific manuscript. It will start with a short introduction, discuss the framework and then a 1hr discussion on the topics to address. This is an inclusive activity and we invite participants from all disciplines, occupations and career stages.
This meeting will be held July 27th, 2020 at 4:00 - 6:00 PM BST
Meeting 2: Workshop The half day workshop is intended to explore the topics identified in the welcome meeting in more detail through their own lens. Participants will be placed into groups to do this. Each group will have its own facilitator, responsible for note-taking, identifying subsequent tasks and individual responsibilities. A (30 minute) summary session will be held, with individual groups finalising notes and reporting actions.
This meeting will be held on August 10th, 2020 at 4:00 - 6:00 PM BST
Please note, the meetings will be recorded for the purposes of facilitating note-taking and for sharing with colleagues unable to attend in person.
Dr Stephen Mudge has been a senior scientist working at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) since 2017. He brings his experience of environmental forensics to this research community. Dr Mudge initially graduated with a Joint Honours degree in Marine Biology and Chemical Oceanography and conducted a PhD developing novel, non-toxic, antifouling paints. After five years of post-doctoral research into the environmental geochemistry of plutonium and polonium, he returned to Bangor University as a member of the teaching staff. It was in Bangor that he developed the world’s first degree in environmental forensics. He has chaired the International Network of Environmental Forensics (INEF) since its formation in 2008 and is president (elect) of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division council of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).
He won the Enterprise Oil Heriot Watt University Award in 1998 for the development of methods to remove oil from beaches and rocky shores using biodegradable solvents. This method was used to clean-up a spill in Chile in 2007.
He spent 20 years in academia before moving to the world of consultancy, initially for Exponent and later independently. He has worked on several major cases such as the Deepwater Horizon (Gulf of Mexico) oil spill, the ILVA smelter dioxin case and several other projects for major industrial clients.
Dr. Michael Bock has more than 25 years of experience in environment consulting with a specialization in the investigation and assessment of contaminated soils, groundwater, and marine and freshwater sediments. His experience includes statistical analysis, chemical forensics and source allocation, fate and transport modeling, and ecological and human health risk assessment. He is an expert in the application of multivariate statistical methods such as principal components analysis, hierarchical cluster analysis, ratio analysis, receptor modeling/source unmixing, and multicriteria analysis to determine chemical fingerprint patterns and allocate sources in environmental samples. His environmental forensic work has focused extensively on discerning sources and the fate of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs) in soils, groundwater, rivers, lakes, ports, and harbors. Michael has developed multimedia fate and transport models that are used to model organic chemicals in the environment. These models have been used to assess the concentration, persistence, treatability, bioaccumulation, and weathering of chemicals and chemical mixtures in the environment. Michael’s broad experience includes exploratory data analysis and visualization; conventional, probabilistic, and Bayesian statistical analysis; simulation studies; mathematical modeling; computer programming and automation; database design and management; the critique of chemical analysis methods; data quality; and usability evaluations. He has supervisory experience in analytical laboratory methods and quality control review.
Court Sandau is the principal and owner of Chemistry Matters Inc., and is a founder and Vice President Innovation of both Statvis Analytics Inc. and Precision Liability Consulting Inc. Dr. Sandau has worked in the environmental industry in Canada since 2004 and founded Chemistry Matters Inc. (CMI) in 2011. Considered a boutique, international, environmental consulting firm, CMI specializes in geoforensics, environmental forensics, biomonitoring, and arson investigations. The team at CMI utilizes advanced data analysis, visualization, and compound identification to comb through large data sets identifying patterns, causes, and origins in litigious chemistry issues. Statvis (founded in 2018) is a data visualization company that is developing visualization software for statistical analysis of environmental data. Precision Liability (PLC, founded in 2019) consults to determine the most efficient path to regulatory closure for contaminated site projects. Dr. Sandau obtained PhD in Chemistry from Carleton University. His experience includes working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he managed a laboratory responsible for the analytical toxicology and exposure assessment of humans to environmental contaminants. He has been involved in numerous epidemiological studies examining the impact of chemical contaminants on cancer, endocrine function, brain development, and other measures of health impacts. He has also worked at the National Wildlife Research Center measuring contaminants in environmental, wildlife and fish samples with the purpose of examining the biomagnification, biotransformation, and toxicological effects of priority pollutants in the arctic and Great Lakes food webs. Dr. Sandau’s technical expertise includes analytical and environmental forensic chemistry, toxicology, and risk assessment. As an academic, Dr. Sandau has 35 peer reviewed journal publications, 1 book as editor, 3 book chapters, and well over 100 conference proceedings to his name, but he also prides himself on his work in the field.
With Chemistry Matters, Dr. Sandau serves as an expert chemist throughout all steps of an investigation: from legal sampling in the field, to the lab analysis and audits, to data wrangling and interpretation, through to expert advice to clients or witness testimony in the courtroom. He continues to help navigate and solve some of the most complex and litigious chemistry issues for his clients