Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University, 2022
Professional Honors
  • John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2023-2024
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Aquatic Ecology, Auburn University, 2012
Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC); 2023-present
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB); 2014-2017

Dr. Neal is a Scientist in Exponent's Ecological and Biological Sciences practice based in Bellevue, WA. She has experience in biology, ecology, and ecotoxicology. In her academic background, Dr. Neal's work focused on assessing the impacts of sublethal concentrations of pharmaceuticals on the behavior and physiology of aquatic organisms. Additionally, her research utilized novel experimental methods to investigate the role of fluid flow in shaping chemical exposure paradigms. This work incorporated principles of fluid dynamics with toxicology to more comprehensively understand chemical exposure in flowing aquatic habitats, where distribution of chemicals is driven by turbulent mixing. Most recently, Dr. Neal has completed a Marine Policy fellowship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she gained experience in analyzing qualitative social science data and providing actionable recommendations to leadership. Outside of academia, Dr. Neal has extensive experience in customer service and project management across various industries.