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EA and SETAC Present the 2011 Jeff Black Award to Celina Gauthier, Graduate Student at the University of Houston Clear Lake

Hunt Valley, Maryland (12 December 2011)—EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA), a leading provider of multidisciplinary environmental services, and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) recently announced that Celina Gauthier, a graduate student at the University of Houston Clear Lake, is the recipient of the 14th annual Jeff Black Award, given in memory of Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Black, a long-time EA employee.

“Jeff epitomized EA’s heritage in applied ecology and aquatic toxicology,” explained William (Bill) Goodfellow, EA Vice President/Senior Scientist and member of the SETAC World Council. “He was a charter and avid member of SETAC, and led EA’s aquatic sciences practice for many years, until his passing in January 1998. Soon after, EA collaborated with SETAC North America to establish the Jeff Black Award in remembrance of Jeff’s strong combination of scientific expertise and mentorship of young professionals, which made him unique and highly valued in the early years of ecotoxicology research.”

From left to right: Bill Goodfellow, EA Vice President and member of the SETAC World Council; Celina Gauthier, Jeff Black Award recipient for 2011; Peggy Derrick, EA Senior Scientist

From left to right:
Bill Goodfellow, EA Vice President and member
of the SETAC World Council
Celina Gauthier, Jeff Black Award recipient for 2011
Peggy Derrick, EA Senior Scientist

Photo source: Katharine Kimball Photography

The award was presented on 13 November 2011, during the opening ceremony of the SETAC North America Annual Meeting, held in Boston, Massachusetts. It is designed to acknowledge the accomplishments of young professionals who are enrolled as Master’s level students in an environmental science or engineering program.

In presenting the award, Peggy Derrick, Senior Scientist and Manager of EA’s Mid-Atlantic Water and Natural Resources operations, said, “Ms. Gauthier is most deserving of this recognition because of her strong research and academic accomplishments, her organizational and leadership capabilities, and her tireless capacity to work at the local level for positive change.” Ms. Gauthier is currently working toward dual Master of Science degrees in both Environmental Science (Biology) and Environmental Management at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Her goal is to become an environmental advocate working to improve conditions within her community, and her current academic research focuses on biomarkers of stress in submerged aquatic vegetation communities to evaluate the potential causes of seagrass decline in Galveston Bay.

In addition to her field, laboratory, teaching, and course work, Ms. Gauthier has served as the University’s SETAC student chapter president and treasurer, and also contributes to her local community by participating in outreach and service events to communicate about and improve the Galveston Bay ecosystem.

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