Josie Nusz
Josie Nusz
Senior Scientist
Ecological & Biological Sciences
  • Denver

Ms. Nusz specializes in ecotoxicology and water quality evaluations. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of environmental consulting, she has broad expertise on the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment, ranging from regulatory compliance and product stewardship to site-specific impact analyses. Ms. Nusz has been responsible for chemical safety and risk assessments under U.S. and European regulatory programs. She has experience with exposure and transport modeling of tungsten-based and other metal compounds. Ms. Nusz has also developed impact analyses and long-term monitoring plans for several international, large-scale mining projects, as well as Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for domestic in situ uranium mining projects. Furthermore, she has provided clients with technical expertise for litigation and arbitration purposes. She also has experience designing targeted field studies, managing field sample collection teams, and interfacing with contracted laboratories. Ms. Nusz is proficient in writing, reading, and speaking Spanish.

Ms. Nusz earned a Master of Environmental Management in Toxicology and Risk Assessment from Duke University, where her research focused on the prevalence and potential effects of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardant compounds in household pets. This work not only evaluated the observed concentrations of these compounds in the serum of cats and dogs, but also investigated potential correlations between the levels of PBDEs and thyroid hormones.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Masters Diploma, Environmental Management, Duke University, 2007
  • B.A., Biology and Spanish, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2001

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

40-hr HAZWOPER

Publications

Bamford J, Butler AD, Heim K E, Pittinger CA, Lemus R, Staveley JP, Lee KB, Venezia C, Pardus MJ. Toxicity of sodium tungstate to earthworm, oat, radish, and lettuce. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2011; 30(10):2212–2318.

Presentations

Bamford J. Achieving international standards in the Arctic: The need for modern interdisciplinary technical and management approaches. Society for Petroleum Engineers, SPE Americas E&P Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference, March 2013.

Bamford J. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in house dust and pet serum. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Annual SETAC North America Meeting, Montreal November 11–15, 2007.

Prior Experience

Environmental Scientist, AATA International, 2010–2013

Environmental Scientist, ARCADIS U.S., Inc., 2008–2010

Risk Analyst, ICF International, 2006–2008

Project Experience

For Noble Energy, participated on a team that designed a relative risk ranking system to allow prioritization of products/chemicals in use based on both hazard and exposure. Identified chemical-specific information on human health and ecological hazards, as well as product-specific information on location and use-based exposure. Developed relative scoring and assisted in creation of a database for information management.

Designed and oversaw studies for establishing baseline conditions (surface water and sediment quality and aquatic ecology) and impact evaluations for mining clients with projects in Colombia, the Philippines, and the Congo. These projects also involved producing social and environmental impact assessment reports and developing environmental management plans.

Participated in producing a third-party EIS for the Bureau of Land Management pertaining to the permitting of an in situ uranium mine in Wyoming.

Produced risk dossiers for several tungsten compounds for registration of these chemicals under the European REACH regulation. This involved in-depth physico-chemical, fate and transport, and toxicological evaluations for each of these compounds.

Performed classifications of chemicals according to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS).

Prepared robust summaries of various organic chemicals, including data on physico-chemical properties, fate properties, ecotoxicology and toxicology, for submission under the EPA’s High Production Volume Chemicals Program.

For a biotechnology company, assisted in the preparation of an environmental assessment of genetically modified salmon for submission to U.S. FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Supported a client in designing new products and product labeling by performing exposure and safety assessments for several household consumer products.

Worked closely with EPA in examining and documenting the effectiveness of current National Air Quality Standards and lead renovation practice regulations for lead exposures, the latter of which involved probabilistic lead exposure modeling and interpretation of IEUBK modeling results.

Knowledge

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Masters Diploma, Environmental Management, Duke University, 2007
  • B.A., Biology and Spanish, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2001

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

40-hr HAZWOPER