- Harmful algal blooms
- Data analysis
- Seafood Safety
Nancy joined Washington Sea Grant in spring of 2019 as a research analyst. Her position supports both the Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) and the SoundToxins programs. For the ORHAB program, she prepares and performs Scanning Electron Microscope image analysis and chemical testing. As the SoundToxins program coordinator, she works with volunteers to provide weekly monitoring of Puget Sound sites, prepares and analyzes data, and communicates SoundToxins information to managers, participants and the public. SoundToxins strives to minimize negative health and socioeconomic impacts caused by toxic harmful algal blooms (HABs) through research, early detection and monitoring.
Before joining WSG, she assisted on developing an okadaic acid and ciguatoxin detection method for a novel detection instrument developed at the Furlong Laboratory at the University of Washington. This exposure to HABs-related work led her to further her passion and career as a laboratory analyst at the Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, Food and Drug Administration in Alabama. There she was primarily involved with improving an existing ciguatoxin in finfish extraction and LC-MS/MS detection method with the hope to also transfer this improved method to a large-scale extraction to generate standards.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington.