September 28, 2011
Dr. Anne Fairbrother, Principal Scientist and Director of Exponent's Bellevue Office, has been named as member of the National Research Council's study team "Ecological Risk Assessment Under FIFRA and ESA ". The committee will examine scientific and technical issues related to the methods and assumptions used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct scientific assessments of ecological risks from pesticides registered by EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The study committee is composed of experts from academic institutions and other organizations.
The study comes under the auspices of The Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST). BEST is the National Research Council’s principal unit for organizing and overseeing studies of environmental pollution problems affecting human health, human impacts on the environment, and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and the environment. The studies conducted under BEST leadership provide independent expert assistance to government and advice to the nation on matters of science and technology affecting public policy on important environmental problems. More information on the study can be found here.
The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world.
Dr. Fairbrother is a nationally recognized expert in wildlife toxicology, immunotoxicology, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and ecological risk assessment. A veterinarian and Certified Wildlife Biologist, Dr. Fairbrother is currently a consultant to both industry and government agencies. She was a scientist at EPA for more than 14 years. She serves on numerous scientific boards, expert panels, and editorial boards addressing scientific and regulatory issues. She has been President of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, and the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA). She is the recipient of the WDA Distinguished Service Award (2002), and a gold medal for Commendable Service from EPA.