Natalie is a Research Ecologist and leader of the Molecular Toxicology Laboratory at Eastern Ecological Science Center in Laurel, MD. Natalie's expertise is in molecular toxicology with a focus on understanding, detecting, and predicting the effects of environmental stressors on wildlife.
Natalie's laboratory uses genomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic, microbiomic, endocrine, and biochemical tools to develop novel biomarkers and assessment tools and applies these in collaborative field and laboratory studies that investigate regional, national, and international environmental health questions. Current projects in her lab fall under the broad scope of ecotoxicology, focusing on immune system and disease susceptibility, endocrine disruption, genotoxicity, and health status of birds and other wildlife. Hazards and toxicity of contemporary contaminants, such as perfluorinated compounds (PFAS), flame retardants and neonicotinoid pesticides are of particular interest. The data are used for forecasting effects on individuals and populations, identifying wildlife that are potentially being harmed, assessing damage to trust resources, and otherwise informing natural resource management decisions.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL. August 2003 to December 2005. Studied pollution effects on community health in northwest Florida.
Graduate Research Associate, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL, October 2000 to June 2002. Doctoral research investigating genomic biomarkers of metal exposure in aquatic invertebrates.
Visiting Researcher, Environmental Molecular Physiology, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Hachioji, Japan. September 1999 to April 2000. Investigated induction of stress proteins by pollutants in midge larvae.
Selected Fellow, National Science Foundation, Summer Institute in Japan, Tsukuba, Japan. July 1999 to August 1999. Examined effects of copper on gene expression in yeast.
Graduate Assistant, USGS NY WSC, Troy, NY. August 1995 to July 1997. Collected and analyzed water quality and macroinvertebrate data for a study of forest harvesting effects on streams.
Biological Technician, Wildlife Toxicology Group, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. September 1991 to October 1994. Evaluated toxicity of stormwater treatment pond contaminants on macroinvertebrates
Research Assistant, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, DC. June 1990 to March 1993. Analyzed and interpreted water quality and biomonitoring data for the Anacostia River.
Education and Certifications
PhD in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
MS in Toxicology from the University of Maryland
BS in Biology from Colgate University, Hamilton, NY