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Katherine von Stackelberg

Katherine von Stackelberg  Sc.M., Sc.D
Research Scientist, Nature, Health and the Built Environment
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Dr. Katherine von Stackelberg is a Research Scientist at the Harvard Center for Global Health and the Environment and an affiliate at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. She is also co-leader of the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants Group at Harvard University and a Principal at NEK Associates LTD.  For the past several years, she has served as Leader of the Research Translation Core of a Superfund Research Program grant at Harvard University.  

Dr. von Stackelberg has nearly 30 years experience designing and implementing human health and ecological risk assessments, focused on integrated, risk-based modeling approaches to support sustainable environmental decision making. She has published on the use of uncertainty analysis in decision making, bioaccumulation modeling, and use of decision analytic approaches to integrate ecosystem services and risk assessment for more effective decision making.

Dr. von Stackelberg is the Area Editor for Ecological Risk Assessment for the journal Risk Analysis and serves on the editorial boards of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis, and is a frequent peer reviewer for several additional journals. She served on the Board of Scientific Counselors at the U.S. EPA for six years and was Chair for the last three. She led the effort to explore the use of decision analytic tools and methods to support environmental decision making within the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development.

She is a member of the Scientific Advisors on Risk Assessment for the European Commission in Brussels, and serves on several technical committees of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), including complex sites, contaminated sediments, and risk assessment. 

Dr. von Stackelberg was elected Treasurer for the Society for Risk Analysis, and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), where she also serves on the Global Science Committee (Chair from 2012-2015) and on the steering committee for the Ecosystem Services Advisory Group. She has served on several U.S. EPA funding and grant program peer review panels. She was an invited participant to a recent SETAC Pellston workshop on ecosystem services, and a National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Sciences (NIMBios) workshop on population modeling in ecological risk assessment. 

Dr. von Stackelberg received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, and a Sc.M. and Sc.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Science and Risk Management.  During the past two years her research has been funded by: U.S. EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP).