For more information about MPSL-MLML and our services, please contact Rusty Fairey via phone or email.

The MPSL-MLML Help Desk phone line acts as an information resource and assists participants in submitting projects to MPSL-MLML.  Information regarding program-compatible database formats, management guidelines, and quality assurance systems is available.

For Help Desk questions, please contact Stacey Swenson via 831-771-4114 or email.

Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory - Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
7544 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone: 831-771-xxxx, where xxxx is the 4-digit extension you see listed
Email:, where #### is the email name you see listed
Fax: 831-771-4189

Data Management Team

Quality Assurance Team

Students Supported by MPSL-MLML since 1992

MLML Theses supported by MPSL

Data Management Team

Russell "Rusty" Fairey
Program Manager
Office: Norte
Phone: 4161
Email: fairey

Rusty leads the researchers and oversees the management and funding of research projects at MPSL-MLML.  He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984 with a B.S. in Marine Biology and from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in 1992 with a M.S. in Marine Science.  His research focuses on marine geochemistry and the flux of trace metals from marine sediments.  He serves as a member of the international SETAC Sediment Advisory Group in an advisory role on sediment and fish tissue contamination research.  Rusty provides expertise at MPSL-MLML in study design, sediment quality assessment, field sampling, and general project implementation and management.

Funded Research      Resume Available Upon Request

Cassandra Lamerdin
Environmental Scientist
Office: Off-site
Phone: 4163
Email: clamerdin

Cassandra Lamerdin has wide ranging scientific expertise in the fields of both Marine and Environmental Sciences. Four large scale monitoring programs she has participated in were Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP, 2001-2015), the CA Bay Protection Toxic Cleanup Program (BPTCP, 1992-1998), California's portion of EPA's Coastal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP, 1999-2002) and inventorying California's Invasive Species in marine and inland harbor environments (2000-2002). Cassandra was the lead on creating and coordinating the data management efforts for SWAMP. She led the Data Management Team at MPSL in building a successful data management system (MS Access and SQL) which was able to organize information in a comparable manner of known and documented quality. Cassandra received her Master's Degree in 1996 from Moss Landing Marine Labs working in the Phycology Lab with Dr. Michael S. Foster. Before MLML, Cassandra attended Long Island University, Southampton College for her undergraduate degree.

Resume Available Upon Request


Marco Sigala
Program Assistant/Environmental Scientist
Office: Norte
Phone: 4173
Email: msigala

Marco provides expertise at MPSL-MLML in study design, field sampling, project logistics and coordination, GIS mapping, and database management with an emphasis on habitat and taxonomy data.  He graduated from the University of California San Diego in 1997 with a B.S. in Biology and with a Master's degree in Marine and Estuarine Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2000. His research focused on estuarine benthic communities and larval recruitment.

Resume Available Upon Request


Stacey Swenson
Program Assistant/Database QA Specialist
Office: Norte
Phone: 4114
Email: sswenson

Stacey Swenson has 27 years of experience in the quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) of environmental data, which includes extracting and analyzing data in an EPA Superfund lab, and then later in her career, interpreting and validating data while working at a 3rd party data validation consulting firm.  She has incorporated these QA/QC skills (e.g., analytical chemistry analyses, verification, validation, report writing, and environmental QC protocols) to the database management QA program.  She developed both the data verification and validation processes that are currently in use for the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) including the processes that are used for SWAMP’s Bioaccumulation Oversight Group (BOG) data to determine fish advisories for human health for the state.  She is the project manager for the MPSL-MLML Regional Data Center including the data vocabulary review lead ensuring comparability between various entities providing environmental data sets to the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN).

Resume Available Upon Request


George Radojevic
Program Assistant/Database Assistant for SWAMP
Office: Norte
Phone: 4168
Email: gradojevic

George is currently project assistant for the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). George received his A.A. Degree in Computer Information Systems - Systems Programming in 1994 from De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. He also received an A.S. Degree in Marine Science and Technology in 2004 from Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, CA. Prior to joining MPSL-MLML, he worked for 18 years in the software technical support industry. One of his crowning achievements is a marine technician internship aboard the Research Vessel Seward Johnson in the Sargasso Sea.

Resume Available Upon Request


Quality Assurance Team

Beverly H. van Buuren
QA Researcher and Manager
Office: Off-site
Phone: (206) 297-1378
Email: bvanbuuren

Beverly H. van Buuren is a nationally-recognized expert in quality assurance for the environmental sciences.  Since 1998, she has partnered with government, academia, special interests, and the private sector to create, assess, and optimize their data collection efforts.  The scope of these efforts includes fish population, food web, chemistry, field measurements, toxicity testing, instream flow, bioassessment, and algae.  Ms. van Buuren works on behalf of new and existing programs, creating infrastructure (e.g., planning documents, quantitative and qualitative objectives, standard operating procedures, training), managing data (e.g., verification, validation, assessment), and assessing performance (e.g., laboratory and field audits, intercomparison studies, corrective actions).  Of particular importance has been her ability to unify disparate organizations, field and laboratory procedures, and study designs to create technically sound, comparable data packages for use in environmental decision-making.  She has developed large-scale quality assurance programs for the State of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Water Resources Control Board, and the CalFED Bay-Delta Science Program.  Ms. van Buuren regularly presents at national conferences, is invited to panels, and creates training programs.  Her most recent publication is a chapter in one of the 2014 American Chemical Society books.

Resume Available Upon Request


William S. Hagan
Quality Assurance Specialist
Office: Off-site
Phone: (206) 525-0491
Email: whagan

William S. Hagan has 17 years of experience in environmental science.  He began his career as a chemist specializing in the analysis and speciation of trace metals in a variety of environmental matrices.  He then transitioned into quality management in the private sector before joining the Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory in 2005.  Will currently works as a Quality Assurance Specialist focused on chemical, biological, and habitat studies; as well as federally mandated planning, procedural, and regulatory documents.  He routinely partners with the State Water Resources Control Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and numerous other public, private, and non-profit organizations.

Students Supported by since 1992

MLML Students

Rusty Fairey Matt Edwards Aroon Melwani Berkeley Kaufman
Brenda Konar Eli Landrau Robert Leaf Kyle Reynolds
Eric Johnson Lisa Kerr Tom Kimball Paul Thompson
Ross Clark Michele Jacobi Jon Walsh Selena McMillan
Stewart Lamerdin Alex Culley Allison Myers Aurora Alifano
Cassandra Lamerdin Carrie Bretz Jennifer Hughes Kim Quaranta
James Downing Nisse Golberg Heather Robinson  George Leonard
Jason Cope Jason Felton    

UCSC Students

Erin Maloney Brad Hunt Roslynn Dunn  

CSUMB Students

Mark Gleason Kate Thomas Meghann McDonald  

High School Students

Brian Stewart      

MLML Theses supported by MPSL

Smith, Don
Trace Metals in Mussels transplanted to San Francisco Bay.

Fairey, Rusty
Sampling and Analysis of Trace Metals in Sediment Interstitial Waters.

Moser, Doreen
Trace element and organochlorine compounds in harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi) along the Pacific coast.