Christopher Mebane

Biography

I am a "dirty water biologist" with interests and experience in water pollution ecology in streams, that is, relating human-influences on stream environments to biological effects and estimating risks of adverse effects. My recent interests and work has included studies of nutrient enrichments and eutrophication in streams, effects of mining and trace elements on stream ecosystems, and developing biotic ligand models (BLMs) to predict effects of metal mixtures in natural waters.

 My professional interests and experience are focused on water pollution ecology in streams, that is, relating human-influences on stream environments to biological effects and estimating risks of adverse effects.  Particular areas of interests include:

 *Effects of nutrient enrichment on stream ecosystems.  Particular aspects of interest include 1) factors limiting nuisance growth in rooted aquatic plants vs. algae, 2) integrating experimental and field bioassessment information between factors such nutrients, flows, algae and plants

 *Ecological risk assessment, in particular predicting risks, adverse effects, and safe concentrations of trace metals in freshwater ecosystems.  Particular aspects of interest include 1) water quality criteria development; 2) expanding the use of predictive toxicity models, with a recent emphasis on the biotic ligand model (BLM) with copper, zinc, cadmium and lead; 3) relating ecotoxicology testing to natural systems through population modeling or field studies

* Use of aquatic bioassessment or biomonitoring techniques to interpret changing environmental conditions.

Previous positions:

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Standards Coordinator, Boise, ID (1999-2003)

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Manager, Idaho Falls, ID (1995-1999)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Resouce Coordinator (liaison with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Seattle, WA (1991-1995)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps, Field Operations Officer, R/V McArthur, and deck officer, R/V Oceanographer (1988-1991)

U.S. Coast Guard - Deck officer USCGC Yocona, Kodiak, AK; Station Commander, Port Clarence, AK; fisheries and maritime law enforcement specialist, Alameda, CA (1982-1988)

Education – BSc Marine Science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1982

Publications

Mebane, C.A., A.M. Ray, and A.M. Marcarelli. 2009. Influence of nutrients on agricultural stream ecosystems: integrating biomonitoring and experimental information. Presentation at the 20th annual Northwest Bioassessment Workgroup meeting, McCall, Idaho, Nov4-6, 2009. [Download File]

Mebane, C.A. 2008. The accuracy and protectiveness of Biotic Ligand Model (BLM) toxicity predictions with copper, update. Workshop on Biotic Ligand Model Principles and Applications, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (Similar presentation given at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), 27th Annual Meeting in North America, Palais des Congres, Montréal, Québec, Canada, November 5-9, 2006, and at the Workshop on Biotic Ligand Model Principles and Applications, May 12-14, 2008, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. ) [Download File]

Reprints of most publications are available in PDF format by sending me an e-mail request

Refereed articles

Book chapters

Janz, D. M., M. L. Brooks, P. M. Chapman, D. K. DeForest, G. Gilron, D. Hoff, W. A. Hopkins, D. O. McIntyre, C. A. Mebane, V. P. Palace, J. P. Skorupa, and M. Wayland. 2010. Selenium toxicity to aquatic organisms. Pages 139-230 inP. M. Chapman, and nine coeditors, Ecological Assessment of Selenium in the Aquatic Environment. SETAC Press, Pensacola, Florida. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781439826775/

Lipton, J., D. Cacela, C. Cowan, P. deFur, L. Ginzburg, and C. A. Mebane. 1998. Risk Characterization. Pages 120 in K. H. Reinert, S. M. Bartell, and G. R. Biddinger, editors. Ecological Risk Assessment Decision-Support System: a Conceptual Design. Proceedings from SETAC Ecological Risk Assessment Modeling Workshop; 1994 Aug 23-28; Pellston MI. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Pensacola, FL.

Selected Technical Reports

Hecht, S. A., D. H. Baldwin, C. A. Mebane, T. Hawkes, S. J. Gross, and N. L. Scholz. 2007. An overview of sensory effects on juvenile salmonids exposed to dissolved copper: Applying a benchmark concentration approach to evaluate sublethal neurobehavioral toxicity. National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NWFSC-83, Seattle, WA. 51 pp.

Mebane, C. A. 2002. Stream Fish Indexes. Pages 4-1 to 4-65 in C. S. Grafe, editor. Idaho Small Stream Ecological Assessment Framework: an Integrated Approach. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Boise,

Mebane, C. A. 2002. River Fish Index. Pages 4-1 to 4-40 in C. S. Grafe, editor. Idaho River Ecological Assessment Framework: an Integrated Approach. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Boise,

Mebane, C. A. 2002. Review of the suitability of EPA's 1999 ammonia criteria for Idaho. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Boise, Idaho. 11 pp.

Mebane, C. A. 2000. Evaluation of proposed new point source discharges to a special resource water and mixing zone determinations:  Thompson Creek Mine, upper Salmon River subbasin, Idaho. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Boise. 126 pp.

Grafe, C. S., C. A. Mebane, M. J. McIntyre, D. A. Essig, D. H. Brandt, and D. T. Mosier. 2002. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Water Body Assessment Guidance, Second Edition. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Boise, Idaho. 230 pp. http://www.deq.state.id.us/water/data_reports/surface_water/monitoring/overview.cfm#wbag.

Dunham, J. B., J. C. Lockwood, and C. A. Mebane. 2001. Salmonid distributions and temperature:  Issue Paper 2 prepared as part of the Region 10 temperature water quality criteria guidance development project.http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/water.nsf/Water+Quality+Standards/WQS+Temperature+Guidance U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA-910-D-01-002, Seattle, WA. 24 pp.

Mebane, C. A. and P. T. Cagney. 1993. Use of GIS mapping techniques to inventory potential habitat restoration sites in a highly industrialized urban estuary. Pages 391-397 in Watershed '93 Proceedings:  A National Conference on Watershed Management. EPA 840-R-94-002.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington D.C.

 Selected recent presentations

Mebane, C.A. Examples from the USA of water pollution from mining: avoidance, management, and restoration. Keynote presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration, and Management, Hanoi, Vietnam. https://vniceporm.com  

Balistrieri, L.S. and Mebane, C.A. Predicting Biological Response & Relative Importance of Toxicants in Metal Mixtures. Presentation at the Metals Mixture Modeling Evaluation Workshop, Brussels, Belgium, May 17-19, 2012.

Balistrieri, L.S. and C.A. Mebane. 2010. Predicting the toxicity of Cadmium, Copper, lead, and zinc, II: Assessing interactions of multiple metals using a newly developed biotic ligand model. in Proceedings, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, North America,30th Annual Meeting, November 7-11, Portland, OR. SETAC, Pensacola, Fla., www.setac.org.

Mebane, C.A., L.S. Balistrieri, F.S. Dillon, and D.P. Hennessy. 2010. Predicting the toxicity of Cadmium, Copper, lead, and zinc, I: A Unified modeling approach. in Proceedings, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, North America,30th Annual Meeting, November 7-11, Portland, OR. SETAC, Pensacola, Fla., www.setac.org.

Mebane, C.A., T.R. Maret, R. Dickinson, D.E. MacCoy, J.D. Bales, and M.D. Munn. 2008. Effects of nutrient enrichment on stream ecosystems in the Snake River Basin: challenges for nutrient criteria development. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28th Annual Meeting Abstracts. SETAC, Pensacola, Fla., Tampa, FL.

Mebane, C.A. 2008. The accuracy and protectiveness of Biotic Ligand Model (BLM) toxicity predictions with copper, update. Workshop on Biotic Ligand Model Principles and Applications, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Mebane, C. A. 2006. Evaluations of the predictive accuracy and protectiveness of the BLM with copper. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 27th Annual Meeting in North America, Palais des Congres, Montréal, Québec, Canada, http://montreal.setac.org/home.asp (abstract).

Mebane, C. A., Essig D.A., Hardy, M.A. and D.E. MacCoy. 2006. A cooperative State and USGS statewide water quality monitoring network: accomplishments and lessons learned after 15 years.  National Water Quality Monitoring Council, Fifth National Monitoring Conference, San Jose, California

Besser, J. M., D. K. Hardesty, E. I. Greer, C. A. Mebane, D. R. Mount, and C. G. Ingersoll. 2007. Sensitivity of freshwater snails to contaminants: chronic toxicity tests with endangered species and surrogates. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27th Annual Meeting Abstracts. SETAC, Pensacola, Fla., Milwaukee, Wisc.

Lipton, J., K. Ritter, A. S. Maest, and C. A. Mebane. 2006. Evaluating Acute Cu Toxicity to Rainbow Trout: Cu-DOC Complexation and the BLM. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, SETAC Europe 16th Annual Meeting, The Hague, Netherlands.

Other, including contributions to publications with corporate authorship

Mebane, C.A. 2010. Influence of nutrients on agricultural stream ecosystems: integrating biomonitoring and experimental information. Project status report: Monitoring for effects of nutrients and associated ecological effects, EPA-USGS IAG#DW-14-922244201-0. Letter to Diana Eignor, U.S. EPA Health and Ecological Processes Branch. 41 pp.

Mebane, C.A. 2007. An evaluation of the protectiveness of a site-specific criteria for cobalt in the Panther Creek watershed, Idaho for Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. National Marine Fisheries Service, Boise, ID. 28 pp.

Mebane, C. A. 2005. [Letter in] response to EPA’s call for Scientific Information, Date, or Views on the Draft Selenium Aquatic Life Criterion. U.S. Geological Survey (in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service), Letter. Document ID numbers EPA-HQ-OW-2004-1900-0196 thru EPA-HQ-OW-2004-1900-0197. 41 pp.

Mebane, C. A. 2005. Would USEPA’s Biotic Ligand Model-based Draft Aquatic Life Criteria for copper be protective of aquatic communities? SETAC Globe 6:26-29.

NMFS. 2004. Biological opinion on EPA’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. ID-000116-3 to the Potlatch Pulp and Paper Mill, Lewiston, Idaho for the discharge of effluents into the Snake River, Nez Perce County, Idaho and Asotin County, Washington. National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Region, NWR PCTS 2000/01449, Portland, OR. 240 pp. Available from “Biological Opinions” link at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/ as of October 1, 2010