Senior Resource Group Member Spotlight: Silke Bollmohr
Matt Moore, SETAC North America Senior Resource Group
This month, the Senior Resource Group (SRG) highlights the accomplishments and career of our SETAC Africa colleague, Silke Bollmohr, currently the manager of EcoTrac Consulting and the non-governmental organization Hamana.
Bollmohr has been in Berlin, Germany, working at the Umwelbundesamt on mesocosm research but will move to Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2016. She worked in South Africa for 15 years and was the lead scientist developing the National Toxicity Monitoring Program, verifying the water quality guidelines within the Department of Water Affairs and guiding programs in order to define exposure and effect assessments for pesticides and other chemicals. Bollmohr has developed protocols for pesticide risk assessment in several countries. She has served as an ecotoxicologist on different mining projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan.
Bollmohr developed course materials and organized various workshops for SETAC Africa conferences and other events utilizing her expertise in risk assessment and risk communication. She has trained scientists from universities, governments and industries from different African nations. A SETAC member since 2002, Bollmohr played a key role in the establishment of SETAC Africa, organizing the first SETAC Africa conference in Cape Town in 2003. Her main passion is to assist in training activities within the society. Bollmohr serves on the steering committee of the Global Advisory Group on Ecological Risk Assessment and just recently joined the Global Education Committee. Her commitment to SETAC, together with her admiration for Africa, its people and its scientists, will ensure future generations are exposed to “Environmental Quality Through Science®.”
The mission of the SRG is to identify, cultivate and mentor future SETAC leaders, as well as document the Society’s history and evolution of environmental science. If you are interested in becoming a member of the SRG, or if you simply want more information about the group, please contact Laura Swanson.
Author’s contact information: Matt.Moore@ars.usda.gov
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