Academic Credentials
  • M.S., Nutrition Science, Tufts University, 1999
  • B.S., Biology, Salem State College, 1986
Licenses & Certifications
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)

Ms. Cook is an environmental chemist and data scientist with more than 30 years of experience specializing in the assessment, analysis, and interpretation of environmental chemistry data; optimization and management of environmental data assets; data quality assessment; technical oversight of environmental testing laboratories; and chemical fingerprinting. Ms. Cook has applied her extensive expertise to processing, analyzing, and interpreting environmental chemistry data to support chemical forensic and fate and transport assessments in a variety of environmental context including natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), oil spill response, contaminated sediment and hazardous waste site investigations, manufactured gas plants (MGP) assessments, hydraulic fracturing site evaluations, marine monitoring programs, and litigation support.

During her career, she has worked as an analytical chemist and supervising scientist in an environmental testing laboratory and later as a consultant providing quality assurance (QA) oversight and technical direction for laboratory chemical analyses, data quality management, data validation, and database management. She has performed onsite audits of environmental testing laboratories throughout the country to assess technical competency, QA programs and quality control (QC) procedures, and compliance with project-specific requirements. In several cases, Ms. Cook has investigated issues related to data integrity and data fraud and performed root cause analyses to uncover the underlying factors associated with the data integrity issues.

Ms. Cook has extensive experience designing and conducting field investigations to collect environmental data, from sampling planning activities and laboratory selection to oversight of sampling activities and laboratory chemical analysis and data quality management, data validation, and database management. Ms. Cook has written and has performed technical reviews of sampling and analysis plans (SAPs), quality assurance project plans (QAPPs), and analytical chemistry standard operating procedures (SOPs).