Guest Speakers



Keynote Speaker | Opening Ceremony | Grand Ballroom

Ed Begley Jr.Ed Begley Jr.

As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself. In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr. Environmental lawyer and long-time friend, Bobby Kennedy, Jr. has said “Ed has a greater sense of social obligation than anyone I know. He’s like a West Coast cadet who gets up every morning and says ‘reporting for duty.’”

Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He still serves on those boards, as well as the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth, among many others.

His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Baykeeper.


Daily Plenary Speaker | 13:10–13:50 | Grand Ballroom

Jerry SchubelJerry R. Schubel

Jerry R. Schubel has been President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2002.He is President and CEO Emeritus of the New England Aquarium, and from 1974–1994 was Dean of Stony Brook University’s Marine Sciences Research Center. For three of those years he served as the university’s provost. Schubel is Distinguished Service Professor emeritus. Prior to 1974, Schubel was an adjunct professor, research scientist and Associate Director of The Johns Hopkins University's Chesapeake Bay Institute.

Schubel has worked throughout his professional life at the interfaces of sciencemanagement-policy on issues dealing with the ocean. He has published more than 225 scientific papers and has written extensively for general audiences. He wrote a monthly column on the environment for Long Beach Magazine. He is a member of NOAA Science Advisory Board and is a member of the Science Advisory Panel for California’s Ocean Protection Council. He chaired the National Sea Grant Review Panel; the National Research Council’s Marine Board; and the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP), the only Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) body advising federal agencies with ocean mandates. He has served on numerous National Research Council (NRC) committees, is a former member of USEPA’s Science Advisory Board, the Census of Marine Life U.S. National Committee and the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee.

At the Aquarium of the Pacific, he created the Aquatic Forum that brings together scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders to explore alternative ways of dealing with some of California’s important, complex, and often controversial environmental issues. He also directs the Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Research Institute. Dr. Schubel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College, Michigan; a Masters degree from Harvard University; and a Ph.D. in oceanography from John Hopkins University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1998.



Women in SETAC Luncheon (ticket required) | 11:50–13:00

Personal and Societal Perceptions of Women in Positions of Authority

Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson, Oregon State University

Kim Anderson studied chemistry and geology at Boise State University and University of Oregon and has a PhD in Chemistry from Washington State University.  Anderson has work experience in both the academic and private sectors, including as a well-site geologist in Texas; the only woman in a predominantly male environment in the early 1980’s. Soon after achieving her doctorate, Anderson became the Chief Chemist at the Analytical Sciences Laboratory, University of Idaho, helping to grow the full service contract lab operating under Good Laboratory Practice with broad analytical capabilities.  Concurrently, she performed research and taught as an Assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Toxicology at University of Idaho.  Currently, Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University (OSU) as well as the Director of the Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship Program. She is also a Center Investigator at the Environmental Health Sciences Center at OSU. Her research is focused on the field of environmental forensic chemistry which involves the application of chemical concepts to the interpretation, distribution, speciation and bioavailability of chemicals in the environment. She has developed novel sampling tools and is the holder of a number of patents. Her research takes place at many field sites in several eco-system compartments, including the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in Oregon, in four states in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting passive air samples at Native American reservations in Oregon and Washington, as well as a number of agriculture and aquaculture systems in Western Africa.  Anderson strives to develop collaborative opportunities across research disciplines and cultures while providing a technical resource to assist in environmental stewardship and agricultural quality. Although significant strides have been made, a gender gap remains especially in leadership roles.  Anderson is interested in how these remaining challenges can be overcome.


Mary Reiley

Mary Reiley, USEPA

Mary Reiley is the Research Coordinator for USEPA’s Office of Water and a lead in coordination of the Office of Water’s Nutrient Program. Mary works closely with Agency leadership, her counter parts in the Office of Research and Development, and the broader research community to design a collaborative research program that will inform water policy, guidance, and decision making to achieve the goals of the Agency’s environmental statutes. For the Nutrient Program, Mary’s expertise is also being used to co-lead a multi-office effort to design a Roadmap that will integrate USEPA’s reactive nitrogen and co-pollutant science and policy to more effectively address the impacts of over enrichment in US waters.  Earlier in her career, Mary’s leadership promoted similar integrating efforts including:  aligning effects assessment and risk assessment processes between CWA and FIFRA water protection efforts, drafting Agency peer review policies and information quality guidelines, developing contaminated sediment assessment measures, among others.   Mary is serving her second term on the Agency’s Risk Assessment Forum and is currently co-leading a technical panel to enhance the use of ecological risk assessment information in Agency decision making.  Prior to her current assignments Mary was the Acting Associate Director for Ecology in the Office of Science and Technology, Program Manager/Team Leader of the Aquatic Life Program, and Team Leader for the Contaminated Sediment Research Program. Before her investment in research and science policy coordination, she worked in USEPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) enforcement program within the Office of Water.  Mary has been with USEPA’s Office of Water for 28 years and has a Masters in Environmental Biology. Outside of USEPA, Mary is in her second tour as a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s Board of Directors.  Mary has chaired, been a steering committee member and participant in several SETAC Pellston Workshops and been a steering committee member for the SETAC North America Metals Advisory Group.


Anne Fairbrother

Anne Fairbrother, Exponent

Anne Fairbrother is a Principal Scientist and Director of the Bellevue, WA office of Exponent. Fairbrother has more than 30 years of experience in wildlife toxicology and disease, risk assessment, and regulatory science in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She has conducted CERLCA-based risk assessments at mines in tropical, desert, mountain, and prairie ecosystems and has assessed risks to fish and wildlife at sites contaminated with organic chemicals, including DDT, PCBs, dioxins, and petroleum hydrocarbons. She is highly qualified and knowledgeable about metal bioavailability and bioaccumulation in both aquatic and terrestrial food webs. Fairbrother spent 13 years as a research scientist at USEPA and wrote Agency guidance for human health and ecological risk assessment of metals. She also has written ecological risk assessment guidance documents for CalEPA and British Columbia Ministry of Environment, and contributed to the development of ecologically-based soil standards for the protection of plants and wildlife for both the U.S. and Canada. She served on the USEPA’s science advisory panels for endocrine disruptors and pesticide testing guidelines. Fairbrother lead research programs in population and organism effects of environmental stressors to birds, small mammals, and amphibians. She developed protocols for testing nontarget avian effects of biopesticides, studied immunotoxic and endocrine activity of chemicals in wildlife, and led research into the ecological risks of bioengineered crops and manufactured nanomaterials. Fairbrother has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and serves on numerous scientific boards, expert panels, and editorial boards in support of scientific and regulatory issues.

Daily Plenary Speaker | 13:10–13:50 | Grand Ballroom

William Adams

William J. Adams

William J. Adams is currently General Manager for Rio Tinto and manages all of the company’s global remediation programs.  He was previously Director of Product Stewardship at Rio Tinto and also Director of Environmental Science for six years at Kennecott Utah Copper, Salt Lake City, Utah. Adams' responsibilities include managing site remedial programs, environmental research, ecological risk assessments and interface with regulators on science-based issues.  Recent research interests include developing ecotoxicology risk assessment methods for metals, site-specific methodologies for water quality criteria for metals, and development of an alternative strategy for metals to replace the existing PBT (persistent, toxicity and bioaccumulation) approach. Adams has published more than 100 times, including several books and several papers on methods for assessing sediments, water and tissue concentrations. He was instrumental in developing the science supporting equilibrium partitioning theory (EqP) for non-polar organic substances. He also has published several papers in the area of water quality assessments. Adams was a member of the USEPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) for 10 years and a member of the USEPA Superfund National Advisory Committee for Environmental Policy and Technology.


Daily Plenary Speaker | 13:10–13:50 | Grand Ballroom

Charles FishmanCharles Fishman

Charles Fishman is one of America's most celebrated investigative journalists, specializing in business innovation and social responsibility. Currently an award-winning senior writer at Fast Company, he has reported, with striking authority, on everything from Wal-Mart to the new water economy.

Fishman's latest book, The Big Thirst, examines how water resources will come to define this century. The Washington Post praised Fishman's skillful writing and research saying, "investigative journalism is rarely as entertaining as it is informative, but Fishman manages both feats." Fishman's message will redefine how you look at water, our most essential but in many ways misunderstood resource. You'll see it as more than just what we drink, appreciate its vital role in the business sector, understand constraints in the developing world, and leave with a hopeful vision of how current wasteful ways can be curbed through ingenuity and conscientious stewardship.

In his previous book, The Wal-Mart Effect—a bestseller, a catch phrase, and an Economist Book of the Year—Fishman gives us the definitive look at how Wal-Mart has become, without precedent, the most powerful and influential company in the history of the world. The stats are staggering, Fishman's writing is balanced and crisp, and the lessons for other companies are enormous. With one goal—to save its customers money—Wal-Mart, Fishman tells us, has changed the practices of its suppliers, the economic life of cities, the economies of the countries from which it buys its goods, and the buying habits of consumers—excellent take-home information for anyone in the business world.