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VCU departmental affiliation:
Center for Environmental Studies, Research associate professor

External affiliation:
Environmental Stewardship Concepts, (private consulting firm)

Ph.D. (Biology) University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1980
M.A. (Biology) The College of William and Mary, 1977
B.S. (Biology) The College of William and Mary, 1972

Courses taught at VCU:
• ENVS 601 Survey of Environmental Studies
• ENVS 550 Ecological Risk Assessment
• ENVS 670 Pollution Physiology

Research interests:
•Ecological and human health risk assessment
• Contaminated site assessment and remediation
• Endocrine disruptors
• Effects of low oxygen conditions on estuarine and coastal waters
• Manage federal fisheries

Recent publications/abstracts/presentations:

deFur, P.L., N. Pinsker, L WiIliams, A. Zamora-Duran, L. and D.N Rader. Isaac. 2010.  Ecosystem impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. Abs. Poster presentation at the 2010 Annual meeting of the Soc for Environ Toxicol and Chemistry., Portland OR Nov 7-11, 2010.

A. Hart, S. Ferson, J. Shaw, G. W. Suter II, P. F. Chapman, P. L. de Fur, W. Heger, and P. D. Jones. 2010. "Problem Formulation for Probabilistic Ecological Risk Assessments."Chapter 2, In: W. J. Warren-Hicks and A. Hart eds. Application of Uncertainty Analysis to Ecological Risks of Pesticides. Central Science Laboratory, Defras and Hutton, York, UK. 228 pages.

deFur, P.L. and K. Newman. 2008. Vunerability in Cumulative Ecological Risk Assessment. Abs. Poster at the SETAC World Conference, Sydney Australia.

deFur, P.L. et al. 2007. Vulnerability as a function of individual and group resources in cumulative risk assessment.  Environ. Health Perspect.  115 (5): 817-824.           


Member, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Member, NRC/NAS Committee on Uranium Mining in Virginia

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