Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Ecotoxicology Research Areas


Dr. Nat Scholz
Program Manager
Staff Directory

For high school students

Research at the high school level in the Ecotoxicology Program is uncommon, but not without precedent. In recent years, students have assisted with projects for a few hours each week as volunteers. Other students have developed their own projects with Ecotox staff, typically as part of an advanced study program in their respective schools during the school year. Notably, the American Fisheries Society and other professional organizations sponsor summer fellowships for high school students (e.g., Ecotox scientists routinely bring science to the classroom – e.g., by sharing recent findings with students in Advanced Placement Biology or Environmental Science classes at regional high schools. Lastly, groups of students from different schools have used our science to develop educational materials to share with their peers, teachers, local communities, and local governments. As a recent example, the Sustainability Ambassadors drew upon our recent scientific findings to more effectively communicate stormwater-related threats to salmon in Puget Sound. High school students or teachers interested in any of the Ecotox research areas should contact the designated Program Contact for that area. See also the Center's Education site for additional information for educators and students.
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    Meera Srinivasan studied mechanisms underlying the potency of complex hydrocarbon (PAH) mixtures, using the zebrafish experimental model (John Incardona, Ecotox project advisor). Her research findings from her junior year in high school earned her a trip to 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, where she won the 2nd Place Grand Award in Environmental Sciences (pictured above). Meera was also one of two Washington State high school students to be selected for the 2014 summer program at the Research Science Institutes at MIT/Harvard. She is currently enrolled at Stanford University.