Dr. Vera Trainer is the Manager of the Marine Biotoxin Program at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. She received her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and both her M.S. in Biological Oceanography, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Miami, with postgraduate studies in the Pharmacology Department at the University of Washington.
Current research activities include refinement of analytical methods for both marine toxin and toxigenic species detection and assessment of conditions that influence toxic bloom development, targeted toward development of early warning systems for the mitigation of harmful algal bloom impact on coastal fisheries. She is the PI on a Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms research project, the Ecophysiology and Toxicity of Heterosigma akashiwo in Puget Sound: a living laboratory ecosystem approach. Trainer is the lead investigator of both the SoundToxins partnership, a volunteer-based early warning system for harmful algal blooms and Vibrio in Puget Sound, and the Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) program, a regional monitoring effort involving federal, state and local agencies, coastal tribes, and academic institutions. Trainer is currently leading international seafood safety training workshops in Guatemala, the Repulic of the Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, and India.