Join Integral Project Scientist Blair Paulik, Ph.D., and Vice President Judi Durda, Certified Senior Ecologist, ESA, as they present on topics covering risk communication on sea level rise and a new paradigm in ecological risk assessment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s (SETAC) annual meeting.
Held on November 15–19, 2020, the virtual conference features both live and on-demand sessions. Dr. Paulik will also chair a session on science and risk communication, including leading a live discussion group on the topic on Monday, November 16. Other Integral attendees are Mala Pattanayek, Paul DeLeo, Ph.D., Bernadette Wright, Kara Scheu, Ph.D., Stella Wang, and Kristian Fried, Ph.D. Look us up at the conference!
Schedule of Integral’s Activity
Monday, November 16, 2020, 2:00–2:50 p.m. CST
Session ID: 7.02.07
Communicating Risks of Sea Level Rise to Benefit Coastal Resiliency and Adaptation
Authors: L. Blair Paulik, J. Bernadette Wright, David Revell (Integral)
Presenter: L. Blair Paulik, Ph.D.
Effective risk communication is increasingly important in the modern age of widely accessible information and politicized science. This presentation will highlight strategies we are using to apply risk communication best practices to our coastal resiliency work. We aim to spark discussion about how effective risk communication can maximize the positive impacts of coastal resiliency planning and adapt our communities to evolve in sustainable directions.
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1:00–1:50 p.m. CST
Session ID: 1.14.18
PFAS and Ecological Risk Assessment—Time for a Paradigm Shift?
Authors: Judi Durda, Damian Preziosi (Integral)
Presenter: Judi Durda, Certified Senior Ecologist, ESA
Much of the ongoing research on PFAS is focused on generating data to fit into the traditional risk assessment paradigm (e.g., toxicity benchmarks, bioaccumulation factors). We propose a move away from a chemical-by-chemical approach to one more grounded in empirical measures of ecological conditions in the field. We utilize concepts from EPA’s Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS) and ecological epidemiology, coupled with parts of the traditional ecological risk assessment paradigm, to develop a framework for PFAS risk assessment to support management decisions.
Integral is a SETAC North America Sustaining Member. For more information on Integral’s involvement with SETAC, contact Mala Pattanayek at firstname.lastname@example.org.