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Louise M Stevenson

Research Staff Member and Toxicology Lab PI

Dr. Stevenson is an environmental toxicologist interested in the impact of contaminants on aquatic organisms. Her research combines empirical and theoretical techniques to understand the impact of chemicals on individuals using suborganismal (e.g. genetic) information, explain the bioenergetic basis of individual-level effects, and predict population-level implications of exposure. She has studied the effects of nanomaterials (silver, zero-valent iron, copper, titanium dioxide, silica), PCBs, heavy metals, potential environmental remediation technology, coal ash, and other contaminants on freshwater organisms such as green algae, zooplankton (Daphnia), and fish (Atlantic killifish). Before joining ORNL, she was an Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences department at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH). She received her BA in Biology from Amherst College in 2009 and completed her PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016. Dr. Stevenson is active in the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC): she is on the Student Advisory Committee, Early Career Committee, has served on multiple regional chapter Boards of Directors, and the North America national meeting planning committee.

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