About Us

Our extensive knowledge in the areas of environmental chemistry and quality assurance oversight works to ensure our clients are provided with technically-sound data that will meet regulatory requirements, support project objectives and withstand legal scrutiny. We have provided these services in support of natural resource damage assessments (NRDA), remedial investigations (RI), risk assessments (RA), environmental studies, allocation for liability, and mapping activities.

EcoChem has proven experience in the evaluation of data derived from performance based methods (HRMS, LC/MS/MS, GC/MS/MS, DRC-ICP/MS) and specialty analytical methods for emerging contaminants (e.g., perfluorinated compounds, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products), radionuclides, and metals speciation. In addition to water, air, and soil, we have experience with tissue and marine sediment matrices.

 

ECOCHEM TEAM

EcoChem understands that important and costly decisions are based upon environmental data. Our chemists assist with the interpretation of analytical results and management of environmental data to support client objectives. We perform audits of environmental laboratories and field sampling activities. EcoChem provides an independent review of analytical data and works with project laboratories to obtain complete and accurate data deliverables. We are dedicated to optimizing the reliability, usability, defensibility, and accessibility of environmental data. EcoChem is performing chemometric analyses for source and pathway identification at contaminated sites.

CHRISTINE RANSOM
SENIOR PROJECT CHEMIST

B.S., Chemistry

Prior to joining EcoChem in 1999, Ms. Ransom spent ten years working in a number of environmental laboratories as an analyst and supervisor specializing in inorganic chemistry. As a Senior Project Chemist, Christine now manages a variety of high-profile projects according to stringent program requirements for municipal, state, and federal agencies. She has extensive experience reviewing complex Quality Assurance Projects Plans and verifying that the data generated during the course of an environmental investigation conforms to the demands of the project. From data review, verification, and validation, to establishing data usability, Christine helps our clients ensure their projects are successful.

JESSICA WINTER-STOLTZMAN
PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST

M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering

Working in the government and consulting fields, Ms. Winter-Stoltzman has provided technical analysis and strategic support for natural resource damage assessment and remedial liability allocation on a variety of cases across the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest regions, including major oil spills and large, complex sediment sites with numerous potentially responsible parties. Ms. Winter-Stoltzman has experience in all phases of the natural resource damage assessment process, including initial site research and data inventory, identifying potentially responsible parties, conducting preassessment screens, quantifying natural resource injuries using habitat equivalency analysis, and negotiating settlement with responsible parties leading to successful resolution of liability. Ms. Winter-Stoltzman also works on study design and implementation for remedial design at sediment sites.

MICHELA HERNANDEZ
SENIOR PROJECT CHEMIST

B.A., Chemistry

During the course of more than seven years of research and development related to specialized analytical methods for the determination of trace metals in complex matrices, Ms. Hernandez has presented her findings at a number of prestigious environmental conferences and been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Shortly after joining EcoChem in 2012, Michela leveraged her knowledge of environmental chemistry and began supporting the allocation process for natural resource damage liability due to chemical contamination at regional superfund sites. Thorough research, detailed documentation, and a transparent process allows Michela to facilitate settlements satisfactory to oversight agencies and potentially responsible parties alike.

ALISON BODKIN
PROJECT CHEMIST

B.S., Aerospace Engineering

Alison Bodkin has more than 15 years of experience in environmental quality assurance (QA) and chemistry. Her background as a Laboratory Manager and Quality Assurance Director provides her with a broad perspective to effectively communicate analytical and quality control issues to the laboratory and client. Ms. Bodkin is familiar with many agency quality assurance programs (eg., Navy CLEAN, NYSDEC, USAEC, AFCEE) and EPA Regional modifications to EPA Functional Guidelines for Organic/Inorganic Data Review. Alison has applied this knowledge to validation of both organic and inorganic methods, supporting environmental investigations with multiple data users or multiple agency oversight. Alison is supporting the allocation process for natural resource damage liability due to chemical contamination at regional superfund sites.

ERIC CLAYTON
PROJECT CHEMIST

B.A., Chemistry

Eric Clayton has over 20 years of experience in environmental chemistry and method development. His experience working in environmental laboratories includes analysis of varied matrices for inorganic contaminants using ICP, GFAA, ICP/MS and CVAA; conventional chemistry (i.e., cyanide turbidity, nitrate, chromium IV, and orthophosphate); and analysis of radioisotopes using ICP-MS, and ICP-OES. His laboratory experience also includes supervision, preparation of standard operating procedures, staff training, data review and data reporting. Eric’s current responsibilities include validation of inorganic (metals and conventional chemistry), organic (fuels, volatiles and semi-volatiles), and radioisotope data.

ELYSEBETH JOSHI
TECHNICAL SUPPORT

B.S., Botany

Elysebeth has more than 15 years with an environmental laboratory in a variety of positions including organic extractions, sample receiving, instrumental analysis for fuels and total petroleum hydrocarbons, and client services/project coordination. At EcoChem, Elysebeth coordinates project efforts and provides project support from the early stages of the data log-in process to the production final deliverable. She provides data entry and upload to Access and Excel; database quality control and verification; verification of electronic data deliverable (EDD) to hard-copy analytical results; and final deliverable preparation. Elysebeth also performs additional technical assistance to project teams including literature searches, bibliographic information management and project file maintenance.