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.
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: ####@mlml.calstate.edu, where #### is the email name you see listed
Data Management Team
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.
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.
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.
Susan provides expertise at MPSL-MLML in website management, technical writing, business rule documentation, laboratory training and reporting with an emphasis on toxicity and chemistry data. She has also been responsible for writing the SWAMP database management plan, loading toxicity data and confirming that basic QA/QC requirements are met, laboratory training and is the laboratory liaison for all SWAMP laboratories and a database liaison for Regional Board staff. Prior to joining MPSL in 2004, she worked for two years as an Analytical Chemist at ToxScan, Inc. in Watsonville, CA. Susan received her Master's Degree in Biology in 1996 from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, MA. She worked with Dr. Ivan Valiela and studied types of habitats in relation to exposure on the coastline of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Susan earned her B.A. in Biology in 1995 from Occidental College, Los Angeles.
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).
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.
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.
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
|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|
|Erin Maloney||Brad Hunt||Roslynn Dunn|
|Mark Gleason||Kate Thomas||Meghann McDonald|
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