Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Toxicology, Oregon State University, 2007
  • B.A., Communications, Washington State University, 2003
  • B.S., Entomology, Washington State University, 2003
Licenses & Certifications
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)
Professional Honors
  • Society of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology (current member)
Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology (current member)
  • CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) (past member

Dr. Palmquist has a strong interdisciplinary background in environmental toxicology, biology, and ecology. She has expertise in ecological risk assessment and natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) at large complex sites in multiple states and is experienced in assessing the risks of various chemicals (e.g., PAHs, metals, hydrophobic insecticides, and PCBs) to plants, birds, fish, and invertebrates. 

As part of this work, Dr. Palmquist has used innovative approaches to define baseline conditions and quantify reductions in ecological services while also assessing the relative importance of other stressors as causal factors. Dr. Palmquist has significant work experience with power company clients, including assessment of potential injury to ecological resources and threatened and endangered species following wildland fires. She has also published on the effects of wildfires on stream ecosystems and watershed functions. In addition, Dr. Palmquist has also conducted ecological assessments of proposed submarine power cables at a number of offshore wind farm sites, with particular focus on possible effects of EMF exposure to resident fish and large invertebrate species in complex marine habitats.

Dr. Palmquist also has work experience in the field of pesticide toxicity and risk to non-target organisms. She has conducted pesticide registration work in both the United States and in the European Union and has authored several papers on the susceptibility of non-target invertebrates to insecticides. In addition, Dr. Palmquist has been retained on cases involving the contamination of food and other consumer products by various pest species. As part of this work, she has conducted inspections of products, reviewed the efficacy of pest control procedures, and constructed infestation timelines.