Huxley grad student develops a risk assessment model for policy makers

The thesis research of recent Huxley master's degree graduate Eleanor Hines, funded by the Bullitt Foundation, was designed to help regional and local policy makers achieve Puget Sound restoration goals. 

Working in Huxley's Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Hines developed an Ecological Risk Assessment Model to examine the potential effectiveness of low-impact development as a management tool in the Puyallup River watershed. 

She presented the research at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America conference in November 2012 and at SETAC's Pacific Northwest chapter annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C. in April 2012. 

This fall, she will travel to South Africa to work with scholars on setting resource quality objectives for the Upper and Lower Vaal and Olifants watersheds. Hines will also apply her risk assessment expertise and tools developed in the Puyallup River watershed study to these south African catchments.