SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
10 September 2015
Volume 16 Issue 9

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Member Spotlight – Barbara Walton

Matthew Moore, USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory

Note from the Editors: The Senior Resource Group of SETAC would like to start a regular submission series that lets us say thank you to long-time SETAC professionals and describes their body of work serving our society. This is the first installment in this series.

Senior Resource Group

Barbara Walton, a charter member of SETAC, is also one of the founding members of the SETAC Senior Resource Group (SRG).  The SRG’s mission is to identify, cultivate and mentor future SETAC leaders as well as document the society’s history and evolution of environmental science.

A board-certified toxicologist with 38 years of experience, Walton currently serves as the Assistant Laboratory Director for Emerging Issues at the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (USEPA) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Affectionately known as “Barb” to SETAC members, Walton served as the program chair for the 4th Annual Meeting in 1983.  She has been either a member or chair of the education, finance, long-range planning, nominations and publications committees. Barb served two terms on the SETAC North America Board of Directors, including service as an executive committee member, vice president and president in 1986.  Her scientific achievements have included recognition of her work on the covers of both Science and Environmental Science and Technology. She has conducted laboratory and field studies on the fate and effects of organic, inorganic and radioactive chemical contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic organisms and ecosystems, all the while contributing to the emerging disciplines of ecotoxicology and phytoremediation. 

In Walton’s latest position, she has focused her energy on addressing non-traditional issues facing both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the nation relevant to environmental protection. Topics include sustainability, land use, environmental justice, resilience, and the economic, social and environmental impacts of development. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Senior Resource Group, or if you simply want more information about the group, please contact Laura Swanson.

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