Next‐Gen Tools for Chemical Management​: EcoToxChip

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Thursday, January 14, 2011
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

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Check out this video to watch the Next‐Gen Tools for Chemical Management​: EcoToxChip.

A Speaker Series

Toxicology and Societies:
The Impacts of Chemicals in our Lives

January 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. PST

Brought to you in partnership with Huxley's Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Institute and the WWU Alumni Association


Please join us for the next speaker in our series on Toxicology and Societies: The Impacts of Chemicals in our Lives. Dr. Markus Hecker, professor and Canada Research Chair in Predictive Aquatic Toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan, will talk about using the genes from organisms to tell us what a chemical is doing to them. Dr. Hecker will describe the science behind this approach and how this information is used to make decisions on how to regulate the chemicals we are exposed to.

Our vision in developing this series was to support a better understanding of something that affects all of us. There are over 300,000 chemicals being produced and used in almost everything we wear, eat, and drink. How can you ever hope to understand when and where you or your family might be at risk from some of these chemicals? The short answer is, you can’t know everything about all of these substances, but you can learn more about how toxicology (the study of toxic substances) affects you and your society.

This seminar series aims to help you better appreciate, understand, and evaluate the many ways that manufactured chemicals interact with all humans on Earth.

Markus Hecker

Dr. Markus Hecker


Markus Hecker is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Predictive Aquatic Toxicology, with 24 years of experience in conducting research in ecotoxicology and chemical hazard assessment. He is considered a global expert in environmental risk assessment, ecotoxicogenomics, hazard characterization of contaminants in native fishes and amphibians, and development of alternatives to live animal testing. Dr. Hecker is a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, and a visiting/guest professor at Xiamen University, China. He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Aquatic Toxicology and has been a member of the board of directors of the Society of Toxicology and Chemistry (North America) for the past three years. Learn more about Markus here.

Ruth Sofield


Ruth Sofield is a Professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry in the College of the Environment. She received her PhD and MS in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Ruth’s research group focuses on the effects of water and air pollution. Their current projects include the aquatic toxicity of microplastic and tire wear particles, and the use of moss as a biomonitoring tool for particulate matter. Ruth is a member of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel and the President of the Pacific Northwest Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Tracy Collier

Tracy Collier


Tracy Collier received his PhD in Fisheries Sciences from the University of Washington. He has worked for over 45 years as a toxicologist, with more than 35 of those years spent at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, where he served as the director of a science division that employed up to 100 people, covering several disciplines, including environmental toxicology, analytical chemistry, harmful algal blooms, and watershed processes. He has over 175 scientific publications, and currently is an affiliate faculty at Western.


Contact the WWU Alumni Association for this event. Feel free to call at 360.650.3353 or email at if you have any questions or comments.

WWU is an equal opportunity institution. There will be auto-captions available for this event. To request closed captions, please mark the request on the registration form. Advance notice of three days to one week is appreciated.