Brenda M. Sanders, Ph.D.
Strategic Advisor

Dr. Brenda Sanders has more than 30 years of experience in environmental sciences, ecotoxicology, sediment management, and stress biology in academia and as a consultant to private clients in the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, and chemical sectors.  Dr. Sanders’ technical expertise focuses on the mechanisms of toxicity, trace metals, and xenobiotics on wildlife, including benthic invertebrates, fishes, birds, and mammals.  She has directed field and laboratory programs to develop methods for biological monitoring and to evaluate the biological effects of contaminants, including metals, metalloids, PCBs, DDT, VOCs, and PAHs.  She has worked in riverine, estuarine, freshwater, and coastal ecosystems throughout the country.  She also provides litigation support, strategic planning, scientific critique, and expert testimony for potentially responsible parties (PRPs) on ecological risk and natural resource damage (NRD) issues.

Dr. Sanders has been a principal toxicologist for several environmental firms and was a tenured professor at California State University, Long Beach.  She has served on federal and state panels and committees, including an appointment by the U.S. Department of State to the North Pacific Marine Science Organization, an international organization focused on increasing knowledge and management of ecological resources in the North Pacific.  She was the North American Editor of the Ecotoxicology Series published by Chapman and Hall from 1990 to 1997, and on the editorial board for CRC Press’s Reviews in Aquatic Sciences from 1991 to 1993. Dr. Sanders also has reviewed toxicology research proposals and conducted site visits for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, EPA, U.S. Department of Defense, and other federal, state, and local agencies.