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Patty Toccalino, Ph.D.

As Deputy Regional Director for the USGS Northwest-Pacific Islands Region, Patty Toccalino helps oversee 7 USGS Science Centers in the Region, works with Centers to broadly share their science, and helps find solutions to their challenges.

Patty Toccalino is the Deputy Regional Director for the USGS Northwest-Pacific Islands region which encompasses Department of the Interior Regions 9 and 12. Patty shares responsibility with the Regional Director for planning, directing, and evaluating all science and operational activities within 7 Ecosystems and Water Science Centers located in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Prior to joining the Region, Patty served as the principal advisor to the Program Coordinator for the USGS National Water Quality Program (NWQP) on all aspects of NWQP planning, funding, and communications with partners and stakeholders.

Patty’s scientific expertise lies at the interfaces between environmental chemistry, toxicology, risk assessment, and the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. She led an interagency collaborative effort to evaluate the occurrence and potential human-health significance of unregulated contaminants in the Nation’s water resources, including chemical mixtures and emerging contaminants, and briefed Congressional staff on findings.


Professional Experience

  • Deputy Regional Director, DOI Regions 9 & 12, USGS, Portland, OR

  • Deputy Program Coordinator, National Water Quality Program, USGS, Sacramento, CA

  • Regional National Water Quality Program Officer, Western Region, USGS, Sacramento, CA

  • Hydrologist, USGS, Sacramento, CA

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental & Biomolecular Systems, Oregon Health & Science University, Beaverton, OR

  • Member of the Faculty, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

  • Adjunct Professor, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

  • Environmental Scientist, Parsons Brinckerhoff Energy Services, Inc., Portland, OR

  • Senior Scientist, Chester Environmental, Tigard, OR

  • Industrial Hygienist, Chrysler Motors, Detroit, MI

Education and Certifications

  • PhD & postdoc: Environmental Science and Engineering, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology, Beaverton, OR

  • BS: Environmental Health/Toxic Substance Control, Chemistry minor, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • USGS Powell Center Science Advisory Board

  • Society for Risk Analysis; held multiple officer roles in the Dose-Response Specialty Group

  • American Chemical Society

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government