Robert Duff, MS

Affiliate Instructor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Affiliate Instructor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Rob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986. Rob's interest's moved from cancer research to toxicology and, in 1993, he received a Master of Science degree from the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. Rob's thesis was in the field of exposure assessment investigating the dermal uptake of contaminants from soil. Following his thesis work, Rob was employed by the State of New Hampshire in the Bureau of Health Risk Assessment with duties involving risk assessment, community education, grant writing and development of regulatory standards. After moving back to Washington in 1996, Rob did similar work as a toxicologist for the Washington State Department of Health eventually becoming Director of DOH's, Office of Environmental Health Assessments where he led a team of risk assessors, toxicologists, epidemiologists and health educators towards the goal of reducing human exposure to environmental contaminants. Rob currently manages the Environmental Assessment Program at the Washington State Department to Ecology. The Environmental Assessment Program provides critical monitoring and analytical capacity to measure toxics, nutrients and bacterial contamination in both marine and freshwater aquatic environments. Assessments of these data provided by program staff are the foundation for agency decision making to protect and enhance human health and the environment in Washington State.

Contact Information

Washington State Department of Ecology
Box: 43113
Governor's Policy Office
Olympia, WA 98504-
Tel: 360-902-0532

In the News


BS, Zoology, University of Massachusetts, 1986
MS, Toxicology, University of Washington, 1993


Children's Environmental Health Research Matters – Panel Facilitation - 2/28/12
Environment and Health Policy Meeting – DOH/Ecology and UW SPH – Coordinating on legislative and other policy issues - 11/30/11
ENVH 580 Seminar Series – Presentation – "Water Quality in Washington State – Staying Current for Clean Water" – 3/29/12
Careers in occupational and environmental health – Classroom discussion with students on career opportunities – 11/14/11
Environmental Sampling and Analysis – Presentation - 10/29/12
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