Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Gina Ylitalo - Staff Profile

Federal, NOAA Fisheries
Job Title:
Environmental Chemistry Program Manager


Gina has worked for the NWFSC since 1989. She has helped develop analytical methods for determining the types of environmental contaminants present in an environment. Her work addresses management concerns such as the effects or injuries to natural resources resulting from releases of hazardous chemicals. Gina received a group Bronze Medal from the Department of Commerce in 1992 for work performed for the Interagency Assessment Team in support of Operation Desert Storm. She earned a B.S. in biochemistry and an M.S. in chemistry from Western Washington University.

Current Research

Gina is the Team Leader of the Biomonitoring Team of the Environmental Assessment Program. Her current interests include establishing links between exposure to chemical contaminants and potential health effects on marine mammals and fish. She also develops methods to analyze for new contaminants of interest in marine sediments and biota.