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.