Practice and Policy

My work develops novel methods to guide real-world decision making in environmental management. I am therefore committed to translating my academic research into tools for policy-makers and other stakeholders to understand, forecast and mitigate environmental risks. I have worked as a professional engineer and government analyst and have served as an independent expert consultant for industry and government facing complex environmental risks.

Energy transitions and Indigenous health

  • 2017-18: I served as an independent consultant to the Independent Expert Advisory Committee convened by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador to forecast exposure and health risks from methylmercury associated with hydroelectric development and to evaluate the potential health benefits of risk mitigation measures (e.g., soil removal).
    • Independent Expert Advisory Committee recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Newfoundland and Labrador (2018) [Read]
  • 2012-16: Our work characterizing mercury fate and transport downstream from hydroelectric reservoirs produced a scientific basis to estimate potential for MeHg human exposure impacts. Our work contributed to the policy discussion surrounding health risks and risk mitigation at Muskrat Falls and was used by the Nunatsiavut Government (Inuit of the Labrador Coast) in their discussions with federal and provincial authorities.
    • Schartup, AT; RSD Calder; M Li; PH Balcom; AP Valberg; J Ewald; EM Sunderland (2015). “Methylmercury” in Durkalec, A [Ed.], Lake Melville: Avativut, Kanuittailinnivut (Our Environment, Our Health), Scientific Report. Nain, NL, Canada: Nunatsiavut Government. [Read]
  • 2017 to present: Governmental agencies and environmental advocacy groups continue to use our work to understand potential health associated with reservoir development.
    •  Conservation Law Foundation (2017). Re: Supplemental Comments of CLF on DEIS and SDEIS, Northern Pass Transmission LLC. Submission to United States Department of Energy. [Read]
    • Environment and Climate Change Canada (2017). Re: Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Review Regarding the Sufficiency of Additional Information on the Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project. [Read]
    • Ontario Rivers Alliance (2017). Re: Review of Canada Environmental Assessment Process. Submission to Environment Canada. [Read]

Military operations and environmental quality

  • 2017: I served as an expert environmental modeling consultant to Charles River Analytics and developed a tool to screen sampling and remediation priorities based on groundwater impacts of unexploded munitions. This work supported the CLEANSE decision tool developed for the United States Army to preempt and manage environmental impacts of military operations across the United States. [Read more]

Professional practice

Prior to my doctoral studies, I worked as an engineering technician (2008-10) and then a professional engineer (2010-12) for Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (now GHD) in Montreal, Quebec, where I led water quality characterizations and developed stormwater management plans for government and industry clients. I also worked as an analyst for the Quebec Ministry of the Environment and am a registered professional engineer (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec member no. 5017602).

Policy outreach

I am an active member of The Bridge Collaborative and the North Carolina chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network. These organizations convene policymakers, practitioners and researchers dedicated to strengthening the relationship between scientific research, professional practice and government policy.