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Aida Farag, PhD

Dr. Aїda Farag is the Project Leader at the Columbia Environmental Research Center’s, Jackson Field Research Station.

She focuses on 3 research areas: 1) The potential effects of oil and gas activities on aquatic life and is the Co-Lead for the Environmental Health Mission Area – Energy Project. This project includes 35 researchers and 65 external partners from universities, state agencies, and other federal agencies focusing research on source mobility, pathways to the environment, resilience/restoration, and beneficial reuse. 2) Restoration of Contaminated and Impaired Ecosystems. Dr. Farag convened an international workshop in 2014 and continues to advance the science of putting restoration goals upfront. 3) Fish physiology to complement toxicological investigations and Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration assistance. She uses a multifaceted approach to define not only changes at the level of the individual fish but to relate those changes to population structures in the field.         

Professional Experience

  • 2000 - present Research Fishery Biologist, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Project Leader, Jackson Field Research Station, Jackson, Wyoming.

  • 1994 - 2000 Research Fishery Biologist, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Assistant Project Leader Jackson Field Research Station, Jackson, Wyoming.

  • 1994 - 2000 Research Fishery Biologist, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Assistant Project Leader Jackson Field Research Station, Jackson, Wyoming.

  • 1994 - 1994 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Wyoming Cooperative Research Unit. 

  • 1988 - 1993 Research Associate and PhD candidate, University Wyoming, Dept. of Zoology and Physiology. 

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1993. U.S. Department of Energy Fellowship

  • M.S. Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1988.

  • B.S. Environmental Health Management; Indiana University, Bloomington, 1981.

Affiliations and Memberships

  • 1985 - present, Member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

  • 1998 - present, Adjunct Faculty, University of Wyoming, Department of Zoology and Physiology.

  • 2004 - present, Member of the Society of Ecological Restoration

  • 2007 - present, Member Editorial Board Restoration Ecology, an international journal.

  • 2011 - 2015, Member Board of Directors, Society of Restoration Ecology

  • 2011 - 2015, Member Science and Policy Committee, Society of Ecological Restoration

  • 2016 - present, Science Team about Energy and Plains and Potholes (STEPPE)

  • 2019 - present, Bakken Federal Executive Group – Natural Resources Subcommittee (BFEG)

  • 2020 - present, Research Associate Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative

  • 2020 - present, Plant Interest Group Steering Committee, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

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