FORT scientist David Walters led research on contaminant bioaccumulation that just won a Level 1 Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA) from the Environmental Protection Agency, the highest research award given out by EPA (only 3 of over 100 applicants won a Level 1 for 2011). Level I awards are given to those who have accomplished scientific or technological work of exceptionally high quality. Awarded research is of national significance or has high impact on a broad area of science/technology, and is recognizable as a major scientific/technological achievement within its field of study. Walters began the research with his associates while still employed at the EPA and finished it after coming to the USGS. The research, “Identifying Mechanisms of Contaminant Bioaccumulation and Developing Indicators of Ecosystem Recovery,” was published as three peer-reviewed articles in Environmental Science and Technology (2) and Ecological Applications (1).
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