SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
19 June 2014
Volume 15 Issue 6

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In Memoriam: Pat McClellan-Green

Gerald A. LeBlanc, North Carolina State University

The SETAC community mourns the passing of a colleague and dear friend, Pat McClellan-Green. Pat was a long-time and active member of SETAC at both the national and local levels. She served as vice president (2006) and president (2007) of the Carolinas Regional Chapter of SETAC, and she served on the chapter's Board of Directors during the past year. Pat’s fascination with life in all of its forms led her to East Carolina University, where she earned both a B.S. and M.S. in biology. Her interest in toxicology grew out of her early studies and further matured at North Carolina State University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Toxicology in 1989. From there, she went on to post-doctoral studies at the Duke University Marine Lab in Moorhead City, North Carolina, where her passion for marine ecotoxicology solidified. She joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Toxicology, NC State University in 2000 and worked at NC State's Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) on the North Carolina coast. In this capacity, Pat was able to merge her life-long fascination with the complexity of marine ecosystems and the impacts of human activities on these systems. Her research spanned snails to sea turtles, where she addressed important environmental issues such as the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, consequences of oxidative stress, toxicity of marine anti-foulants and chemical biotransformation processes in marine organisms.

Pat lectured in NC State’s graduate course “Fundamentals of Toxicology.” She also introduced approximately 200 undergraduate, non-science majors per year to environmental issues through her highly popular course “People, Poisons, and the Environment.” Pat instilled within these students a respect for the environment and a sense of responsibility for the consequences of human activity on the environment.  Pat was a caring mentor to students and junior faculty members. Whether in the lab, in the field or at scientific gatherings, Pat sought to teach how to conduct research, how to communicate research, and how to be a scientist.

Pat's love and respect for the environment lives on in the students and colleagues that she has personally touched.  Such is a memorial we can all aspire to.

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