- Shellfish toxins
- Seafood safety
- Harmful algal blooms
- Water quality
Teri engages stakeholders in a variety of issues including shellfish safety and aquaculture and harmful algal bloom research and monitoring. You can find her out on the tides and in the hatcheries providing technical assistance to aquaculture producers. Her most infamous topic of outreach for water quality is the operation and maintenance of on-site sewage systems. She is the Manager for SoundToxins, a diverse partnership of aquaculture businesses, environmental learning centers, Native tribes and Puget Sound volunteers working together to minimize the human health impacts of toxic shellfish through research, early detection and monitoring.
Prior to joining Washington Sea Grant, Teri worked as a fisheries biologist for the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on the control of invasive aquatic plants and salmon habitat issues. In the early 90’s, she worked with the Alaska Sea Grant Program determining the carrying capacity of shellfish aquaculture operations in Southeast Alaska. She has also worked as a biologist and chemist in the University of Washington School of Fisheries, aquaculture/genetics unit, studying salmon, trout, tilapia, sturgeon, clams and oysters. Teri holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington.