bakermc

Mary
Baker
bakermc@uw.edu
Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs; Branch Chief, Northwest/Great Lakes Region, NOAA OR&R Assessment and Restoration Division.

(Formerly Mary Baker Matta)

Education

1999.  PhD, Fisheries.  University of Washington, Seattle.  Reproductive and Early Life Stage Effects of Bioaccumulative Contaminants:  PCBs and Mercury.

1980.  B.S., Oceanography.  University of Washington, Seattle.

Work Experience

Branch Chief, Northwest/Great Lakes, Assessment and Restoration Division (March, 2006-Present): 

Coordinate activities within and outside of NOAA to resolve liability at waste sites and after oil spills.  Manage and oversee operations, provide strategic direction for regional activities, develop annual spending plans, milestones, and annual operating plan.  Develop and implement strategies to improve partnerships with key stakeholders such as states, tribes, and port authorities.  Supervise 6-10 employees and two contract employees.  Oversee contracts with environmental consulting firms.  Organized conference on Natural Resource Damage Assessment after oil spills in the Arctic (April, 2010).  Supervise projects on contaminant implications of climate change in Puget Sound.

Coastal Resource Coordinator Team Leader (February, 2005-March, 2006): 

Represented NOAA's natural resource trusteeship at hazardous waste sites, working with diverse partners to protect and restore marine, estuarine, and anadromous fish and supporting habitat.  Oversaw a team of 13 staff located in coastal EPA regions.  Conducted extensive training and outreach on environmental issues.  Represented NOAA’s trust interests at the Department of Energy Hanford nuclear facility.  Integrated fisheries, habitat, and other environmental concerns into marine transportation and port development projects.

Deputy Division Director, Coastal Protection and Restoration Division (2000-2005): 

Provided operational leadership for a $4 million program.  Set policies, planned and executed program activities, developed budget initiatives, established performance measures, including reporting on accomplishments and tracking budgets.  Developed and maintained partnerships with other Federal and state agencies, tribes, universities, industry, communities, and non-governmental organizations.  Served as NOAA’s representative to the Port of Bellingham to implement an interagency pilot project to revitalize Brownfields properties and restore habitat.  Represented NOAA on an interagency workgroup to implement the Estuary Restoration Act and developed monitoring guidelines for projects conducted under the Act.  Evaluated human health and environmental consequences of contaminant releases in three Central American countries after Hurricane Mitch. 

Technical Support Team Leader, NOAA (1993-1999): 

Led a team of 8 scientists to support NOAA and EPA staff on waste site cleanup and restoration.  Conducted evaluations of contaminant effects on aquatic biota at hazardous waste sites throughout the US.  Implemented laboratory research and field investigations on effects of PCBs, mercury, PAHs, and other toxins on fish reproduction at sites in Massachusetts, Georgia, Puget Sound, and elsewhere.  Served on 1998 Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee to EPA and ensured that proposed testing protocols would protect the environment, natural resources, and human health.  Mentored and trained 24 NOAA staff throughout the country. 

Environmental Scientist, NOAA (1991-1993): 

Provided technical support and advice to NOAA and EPA staff.  Improved ecological risk assessments at Superfund waste sites.  Conducted extensive training for NOAA staff and others on contaminants issues and habitat restoration.

 

Selected Teaching/Training Experience

Leschine, T; Pavia, B; and Baker, M.  2011.  Marine Pollution Management Issues.  University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs 514A (3 Credits).  Fall Quarter, 2011. 

Brody, E.; Baker, M.C.; and Breuski, S.  2009.  Climate Change Impacts in the Great Lakes Webinar, October 20 and 22, 2009 (two sessions for 50 students each).

Baker, M.C.; Kohl, K; Allen, D.  2006.  Natural Resource Damage Assessment for Ports.  American Association of Port Authorities Natural Resources Damages Workshop, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 8-9, 2006 (30 students).

Baker, M.C and Thur, S.  2005.  Injury Assessment and Damage Assessment.  Course for NOAA and EPA employees.  Seattle, August, 2005.  (30 students)

Matta, M.B.  1996.  Why Superfund is Such a Great Law.  Western Washington University Huxley College seminar series, Bellingham, Washington, October 23, 1996 (20 students). 

 

Graduate Student Advising

Jennifer Johnson, 2009. Salmon Restoration: Adapting to Climate Change. University of Washington, Marine Affairs (MS).

Jessica Winter, 2008. Analyzing a model of sediment transport in the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site: Implications for remediation and restoration. Carnegie Mellon University, Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS).

 

Selected Presentations

Loe, V.; Baker, M.C.; and Sweeney, K.  2012.  Using compelling graphics to communicate ocean science.  2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting.  20-24 February, 2012.  Salt Lake City, Utah. Sponsored by The Oceanography Society, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the American Geophysical Union.

Neely, R.; Shorr, B.; Baker, M.C.  2011.  NOAA OR&R Assessment & Restoration Division, Climate Assessment and Proactive Response Initiative. PNW chapter meeting of SETAC, April 14-15, 2011, Vancouver, WA. 

Haddad, R.; Baker, M.C.; and Merten, A.A.  2010.  Evolving Baseline Conditions as a Function of Climate Change:  Implications for Natural Resource Damage Assessments.  Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program (AMOP) 33rd AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada June 8 -10, 2010.

Shorr, B.; Field, L.J.; Baker, M.C.; and Neely, R.  2008.  Portland Harbor Superfund Site:  Integrating Spatially Explicit Weighted Lines of Evidence for Benthic Risk Evaluation.  Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting, Tampa Bay, Florida, November 20, 2008. 

Baker, M.C.; Lauenstein, G.G.; Sharman, G.; Schwab, D.; and Goeks, T.  2007.  Ecological Monitoring and Reporting:  Integrated NOAA Information and Indicators to Support Decision Making for the Great Lakes Region.  Great Lakes Regional Data Exchange Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 29, 2007.

Baker, M.C.  2006.  Resolving Natural Resource Liability:  Suggestions for Ports.  American Association of Port Authorities Natural Resources Damages Workshop, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 8-9, 2006.

Baker, M.C.; Jacobi, M.; Cosentino-Manning, N.; Schaeffer, K.; Woodbury, D.; and Neander, D.  2005.  Project Impact Evaluation System and Charting Contaminated Sediment Sites.  National Harbor Safety Committee Conference, Long Beach, California, April, 2005.

Baker, M.C.; Holst, D.; Ache, B.; Neely, R.; McKeeby, R.; Walker, K.; and Henderson, M.  2004.  Portfields:  Incorporating Habitat Restoration into Port Revitalization. Profitable Sustainability: The future of Business.  Seattle, Washington, September 26-29, 2004.

Baker, M.C.  2004.  Throwing Good Money After Bad:  Restoration Out of Context.  Panel presentation.  Restore America’s Estuaries 2nd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Seattle, Washington, September 12-15, 2004.

Baker, M.C.; Holst, D.; Ache, B.; Neely, R.; McKeeby, R.; Walker, K.; and Henderson, M.  2004.  Portfields:  Incorporating Habitat Restoration into Port Revitalization.  Restore America’s Estuaries 2nd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Seattle, Washington, September 12-15, 2004.

Baker, M.C. and McKinnie, D.E.  2003.  Implications of Severe Storms for Sediment Contamination:  Hurricane Mitch.  Second International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, Venice, Italy, September 30-October 3, 2003.   

Baker, M.C. and Allee, R.  2003.  NOAA’s Habitat Restoration Program:  New Directions.  Restore America’s Estuaries Inaugural National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Baltimore, Maryland, April 13-16, 2003.

Baker, M.C.; Jacobi, M.; Mulvey, B.; Cosentino-Manning, N.; and Gavette, C.  2003.   Information Tools to Support Environmentally Sound Port Development.  13th Biennial Coastal Zone Conference, Baltimore Maryland, July 13-17, 2003.

Matta, M.B.; Fritz, A.T.; and Schulz, W.  2001.  Assessment, remediation, and restoration of a PCB contaminated stream. First International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, Venice, Italy, October 10-12, 2001. 

Matta, M.B.; Fritz, A.; and Hahn, S.  2001.  Decision Making for Contaminated Sediments:  A Natural Resource Trustee Perspective.  Congressional roundtable discussion on Contaminated sediments:  Risks and remedies, National Environmental Policy Institute, Washington, D.C., June 20, 2001.

Matta, M.B.; Cairncross, C.; Linse, J.; Peronard, P.; Francendese, L.; and Kocan, R.M.  1998.  Early Life Stage Effects of PCBs or Mercury on Fundulus heteroclitus.  Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Charlotte, North Carolina, 15-19 November, 1998.

Fritz, A.T.; Lindsay, J.A.; and Matta, M.B.  1997.  A Conceptual Approach to Assessing Risk at Offshore Waste Sites.  Presented at:  Reducing the uncertainties of ecological risk assessment at deeper water haz-rad waste sites through the application of advanced technologies, NOAA, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, February 4-7, 1997.

Matta, M.B.; Cairncross, C.; and Kocan, R.M.  1996.  Effects of PCBs on Sex Determination in Trout.  Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 17th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 17-21, 1996. 

Otis, L. and Matta, M.B.  1995.  Possible Sex Change in Fish at a Superfund Site.  National Association of Remedial Project Managers Conference, USEPA, San Francisco, California, June, 1995.

Buchman, M. and Matta, M.B.  1994.  The Use of the Hazard Quotient in Ecological Risk Assessment.  Sixth annual Superfund Environmental Evaluation Workshop, USEPA, Boston, Massachusetts, April 27, 1994.

Matta, M.B.; MacDonald, D.M.; Knight, P.; Fritz, A.T.; and Sturgeon, R.  1993.  The Use of Sediment Toxicity Testing to Develop Remedial Criteria for the DuPont Newport Superfund Site:  Newport, Delaware.  Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 14th Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, November 14-18, 1993. 

Matta, M.B.; Fritz, A.T.; Beckvar, N.; Finkelstein, K.; Wehner, D.; and Downing, J.  1992.  Wetland Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites in Coastal States:  A Natural Resource Trustee Perspective.  Fourth Annual Superfund Environmental Evaluation Workshop, San Antonio, Texas, February 25-27, 1992.

Matta, M. B.; Fritz, A.T.; Beckvar, N.; Finkelstein, K.; and Wehner, D. 1991.  Wetland Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites in Coastal States:  A Natural Resource Trustee Perspective.   Coastal Wetland Ecology and Management Symosium, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 3-7, 1991.

Mearns, A.J.; Buchman, M.F.; and Matta, M.B.  1984.  DDT and PCBs in California Current Ecosystems:  A Decade After Source Control.  Conference of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CALCOFI), Idyllwild, California, October 30-November 1, 1984. 

 

Publications

Keast, J.A. and Baker, M.C. In Preparation.  Fish Assemblages of Small North American Temperate Lakes:  Feeding and other Factors Controlling Production.

Tillitt, D.E., Calfee, R.D., Little, E., Ingersoll, C., Gale, R., Baker, M.C. In Preparation.  Effects of PCBs and Dioxin on Early Life Stages of Endangered Lake Sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens.  Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Logerwell, E.A. and Baker, M.C.  2011.  Conceptual Model of Oil Exposure and Effects in the Alaskan Arctic.  Proceedings of Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program (AMOP) 34rd AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, Banff, Alberta, Canada October 4-6, 2011.

Matta, M.B.; McKinnie, D.; Barraza, J.E.; and Sericano, J.  2002.  Hurricane Mitch Reconstruction/Gulf of Fonseca:  Contaminant Survey and Assessment.  NOAA/NOS/OR&R, Seattle, WA. 52 pp.

Matta, M.B.; Linse, J.; Cairncross, C.; Francendese, L.; and Kocan, R.M.  2001.  Reproductive and transgenerational effects of methylmercury or Aroclor 1268 on Fundulus heteroclitus.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  20:327-335.

Aguirre, A.; DeMaster, D.; Matta, M.B.; and Reif, J.  1999.  Case Study: Contaminants in California Sea Lions off Southern California.  In:  Marine Mammals and Persistent Ocean Contaminants:  Proceedings of the Marine Mammal Commission Workshop Keystone, Colorado, 12-15 October 1998.

Matta, M.B.; Cairncross, C.; and Kocan, R.M.  1998.  Possible effects of polychlorinated biphenyls on sex determination in rainbow trout.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  17:26-29.

Matta, M.B.; Cairncross, C.; and Kocan, R.M.  1997.  Effect of a polychlorinated biphenyl metabolite on early life stage survival of two species of trout.  Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.  59:146-151.

Kocan, R.M.; Matta, M.B.; and Salazar, S.M.  1996.  Toxicity of weathered coal tar for shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) embryos and larvae.  Arch. Contam. Toxicol. 31:161-165.

Garman, G.; Knight, P.; Matta, M.B.; Perkowski, B.; Hammermeister, T.; Severn, C.; Stewart, K.; McGee, J.; and Hielscher, A.  1996.  The NOAA Christina River Watershed Project.  In Bigford, T.E. and Boyles, R.H. (eds): Proceedings of The 15th International Conference of the Coastal Society, July 14-17, 1996, Seattle, WA. pp. 23-27.

Matta, M.B.; Beaverson, C.; and Cora, C.  1996.  Remedy selection and monitoring:  A local success story.  In Bigford, T.E. and Boyles, R.H. (eds): Proceedings of The 15th International Conference of the Coastal Society, July 14-17, 1996, Seattle, WA. pp. 28-33.

Kocan, R.M. and Matta, M.B.  1994.  A Laboratory Evaluation of Connecticut River Coal Tar Toxicity to Shortnose Sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) Embryos and Larvae.  Proceedings of the 21st Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop,  October 3-5, 1994,  Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Matta, M.B.  1993.  The Use of Toxicity Testing in Ecological Risk Assessment.  BTAG Forum.  EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.  Publication 9200.5-325I.  3(2):3.

Matta, M.B. and Field, L.J.  1993.  PCB and Dioxin Cleanup Levels Established.  BTAG Forum.  EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.  Publication 9200.5-325I.  3(1):4.

Matta, M.B.; Lindsay, J.; Field, L.J.; and Garman, G.  1993.  Evaluating Remedial Alternatives for Coastal Wetlands in New Bedford Harbor.  In:  Magoon, O.T.; Wilson, W.S.; Converse, H.; and Tobin, L.T. (eds).  Coastal Zone '93:  Proceedings of the eighth symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management, July 19-23, 1993.  New Orleans, Louisiana. Pages 987-1001.

MacDonald, D. M.; Matta, M.B.; Field, L.J.; Cairncross, C.; and Munn, M.D. 1992. The Coastal Resource Coordinator’s Bioassessment Manual. Report No. HAZMAT 93-1. Seattle: Hazardous Materials Response and Assessment Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Matta, M. B.; Fritz, A. T.; Beckvar, N.; and Wehner, D. 1992. Wetland issues at hazardous waste sites in coastal states: a natural resource trustee perspective. OPDIN Update 2(4), April 1992.  USEPA.

Fritz, A.T. and Matta, M.B.  1992.  News from NOAA:  Concerns for Wetland Habitat.  BTAG Forum.  USEPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.  Publication 9200.5-325I.  2(2):6.

Mearns, A.J.; Matta, M.B.; Shigenaka, G.; MacDonald, D.M.; Buchman, M.; Harris,H.; Golas, J.; and Lauenstein, G.  1991.  Contaminant trends in the Southern California Bight:  Inventory and Assessment.  NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS ORCA 62.  Seattle, Washington. 

Copping, A.E. and Matta, M.B.  1991.  Puget Sound Update.  Second Annual Report of the Puget Sound Ambient Monitoring Program.  Puget Sound Water Quality Authority.  Olympia, Washington.  99 pages.