Keynote Speakers


Nancy Denslow

Opening Ceremony
Panzacola F/G

ProfessorUniversity of Florida
Talk topic: The -omics Revolution: Targeting Molecular Initiating Events in Ecotoxicology

Nancy Denslow is a professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences and the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology at the University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Denslow has focused on reproductive toxicology and the effect of endocrine disruptors in non-model species such as largemouth bass, fathead minnow, among others. For largemouth bass, she has developed estrogen receptor reporter assays for all three estrogen receptors to determine the molecular effects of environmental xenoestrogens. In addition, she has pioneered the use of transcriptomics technologies for non-model species, adapting skills used for assessing toxicant effects on human health. She was awarded the University of Florida 2007 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence and the 2014 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, and she was named the 2009–2011 University of Florida Research Professor.

Denslow has served on the Blue Ribbon Scientific Advisory Panel for the California State Water Control Board (2009–2014), was an ad hoc member of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) panel for USEPA (2004 and 2009), and has been an invited short course instructor for the biennial course “Environmental Immunotoxicology and Reproductive Toxicology” at the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand (2002–2014). Denslow was a founder of two startup biotechnology companies: EcoArray, which commercialized microarrays for non-model fish species, and Banyan Biomarkers, Inc., a company which specializes in developing diagnostic assays for traumatic brain injuries in humans. She is currently a board member of Banyan Biomarkers, Inc.

Her work has been funded by several federal agencies including NIH, NSF, USGS and USEPA. Denslow has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and is an inventor on four patents relating to protein factors, biomarkers for endocrine disruption and proteomics methodologies. She is a member of SETAC, the Society of Toxicology, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Board of Directors, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities.


Daniel Fagin

4:30–5:15 p.m.
Panzacola F3, F4, G2

Environmental Journalist
Environmental JournalistNew York University
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes frequently about environmental science, Daniel Fagin is also a science journalism professor at New York University. His best-selling book, “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation“, was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, as well as the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Academies Science Book Award and the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, among other honors.

Before joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Fagin was the environmental writer at Newsday for 15 years, during which time he was twice a principal member of reporting teams that were Pulitzer finalists. He has also won both of the best-known science journalism prizes in the United States, the Science  Journalism Award of  the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers. At NYU, Fagin is a Professor of Journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and the Director of the masters-level Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP).

He lives on Long Island with his wife, the legal journalist Alison Frankel. They have two grown daughters and a surfeit of cats.

Additional to his presentation on Monday afternoon, there will be a book signing during the poster social. (You can pre-order the book and pick it up at the SETAC Store before the book signing.)


Jenny Stauber

4:30–5:15 p.m.
Panzacola F3, F4, G2

CSIRO Land and Water
CSIRO Land and WaterChief Research Scientist
Contaminants in Aquatic Ecosystems: New Tools to Help Answer Old (and New) Questions

Jenny Stauber is a Chief Research Scientist at the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research, CSIRO Land and Water, in Sydney, Australia. She has 35 years of research experience and more than 300 scientific and technical papers in the fields of aquatic ecotoxicology and human toxicology. From 2008 to 2014, Stauber was Deputy Chief of CSIRO Land and Water. In 2015, she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Stauber has chaired and served as expert ecotoxicologist on several World Health Organisation review boards, together with the New South Wales EPA Board and a large number of advisory panels to the Australian government on areas as diverse as contaminants, uranium mining, coal seam gas, hazardous waste, acid sulphate soils, chemicals risk assessment and water quality guidelines. She is a member of Australia’s Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development and also chairs the Victorian EPA Science Advisory Panel overseeing the revision of water quality objectives.


David Schindler

4:30–5:15 p.m.
Panzacola F3, F4, G2

Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology
Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of EcologyUniversity of Alberta
Schindler began his career as an assistant professor at Trent University from 1966–1968.  In 1968, he was the founding director of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in northwestern Ontario, where ecosystem-scale experiments with a variety of pollutants and long-term monitoring of lakes and streams have taken place for more than 40 years.

His seminal work on eutrophication has been used to establish ecological management policies around the world. Schindler spent many hours explaining his research on phosphorous to policymakers, which resulted in the removal of phosphates from laundry detergents and improvements in sewage treatment. Recently, his work on the effects of oil sand mining on the Athabasca River, and its tributaries has prompted upgraded monitoring at both the provincial and federal levels. These accomplishments alone are laudable, but Schindler has also spent much of his time working with Aboriginal Canadians for the protection of their aquatic resources.

He has been the Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta since 1989. Schindler’s science aims to underpin environmental policy and has earned him numerous national and international awards, including the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal, the First Stockholm Water Prize, the Volvo Environmental Prize and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Schindler is the 2016 SETAC Rachael Carson Award recipient. The award is bestowed only once every four years at the SETAC World Congress and was initiated on the 25th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring.