Dr. Ellen Griffith Spears is an associate professor in the interdisciplinary New College and the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama. Her research is broadly interdisciplinary, combining environmental history with studies of science, technology, and public health. She is principal investigator in the Landscapes of Change study, which resulted in the book, Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town, published in 2014 by the University of North Carolina Press. The book has received numerous awards, including the 2015 Francis B. Simkins Prize from the Southern Historical Association, and the 2015 Reed Environmental Writing Award, from the Southern Environmental Law Center. Ellen has spoken on the social costs of pollution around the U.S. and internationally, including at the 6th International PCB Workshop in Visby, Sweden.
Dr. Thure Cerling
Dr. Thure Cerling is a biogeochemist at the University of Utah. His work primarily concerns the use of isotopes to study biological and geological processes occurring near the Earth’s surface. He has done extensive field work in North America, Kenya, and Pakistan, and other geological and biological studies in Argentina, Australia, Western Europe, and Antarctica. These studies include cosmic-ray produced isotopes to study geomorphology, chemistry of lakes and lake sediments, stable isotope studies of diet and of soils, isotope forensics, and studies of early hominin environments in Africa. He served for 9 years on the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Frank Dorman
Dr. Frank Dorman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at Penn State University in University Park, PA. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty in: Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology (BMMB), Chemistry (CHEM) and the Programs in Forensics Science (FRNSC), and Biogeochemistry (BGC), at Penn State. Frank’s research interests are in analytical chemistry methods development, with a focus on environmental forensics, and traditional forensic applications. Prior to joining the faculty at PSU, Frank was at Restek Corporation for 14 years as the Director of Technical Development, and R&D Senior Chemist.
Dr. Chris Johnson
Dr. Chris Johnson is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and founding director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah. He also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Bioengineering. His research interests are in the areas of scientific computing and scientific visualization. Professor Johnson serves on a number of international journal editorial and advisory boards to national/international research centers. He is a Fellow of AIMBE (2004), AAAS (2005), SIAM (2009), and IEEE (2014) and has received multiple research awards including the IEEE Visualization Career Award, IEEE Charles Babbage Award, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award, and the University of Utah’s most prestigious faculty award, the Rosenblatt Prize.
Dr. Keri Hornbuckle
Dr. Keri Hornbuckle is the Donald E. Bently Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. She is an Associate Editor of the ACS journal, Environmental Science and Technology and an Associate Director of the Iowa Superfund Research Program (NIEHS/NIH). Her research addresses the sources, transport, and fate of persistent organic pollutants, including both legacy and emerging pollutants, with special focus on PCBs. A hallmark of her research is the three-pronged approach that includes field, analytical, and modeling work. For over 25 years, she and her collaborators have examined many aspects of chemicals, including emissions, fate and transport, and exposure.
Mr. Jeffrey Caufield Mr. Jeffrey Caufield is a partner in Caufield & James LLP. He is a graduate of UCSB with a degree in environmental studies and worked as an environmental consultant prior to becoming an attorney. Mr. Caufield is a graduate of McGeorge Law School and clerked at the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Department of Interior Regional Solicitor’s office. He has 25 years of experience in environmental litigation matters including such cases as “Erin Brokovich” and other similar matters that have made national headlines. Mr. Caufield has represented parties in well over 100 different contaminant sites over the years in both regulatory enforcement and litigation. Mr. Caufield is on the editorial board of the Environmental Forensics Journal and routinely published articles and lectures on environmental forensic issues.