Bruce Duncan

Affiliate Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
As Regional Science Liaison to EPA’s Office of Research and Development, I work with senior management in ORD’s Six National Program Offices, which include Human Health Risk Assessment, Chemical Safety for Sustainability (green chemistry, LCA, high throughput, comp tox, AOPs, etc.), Sustainable and Healthy Communities, Air/Climate/Energy, Homeland Security, and Safe and Sustainable Water Resources. My duties include: present cross-regional needs to the program’s research planning process at annual meetings and at Board of Scientific Counselors reviews; coordinate with senior science advisors in EPA’s HQ Offices; participate on CSS and SHC Coordination and Planning Teams/meetings; plan and host science tools café (July 2015). I am a member of EPA Risk Assessment Forum – and Ecological Oversight Committee – Review documents; participate on subgroups developing guidance documents. In our region, I manage the RARE program (Regional Applied Research Effort – funded by ORD). I am a regional representative to the National Toxics Program Workgroup. I sit on the EPA Human Research Ethics Council. I also participate on EPA’s Cumulative Risk Assessment Workgroup (including case study of a multicriteria decision tool applied to mountain top mining), EPA’s Citizen Science Community of Practice (advocate for use of citizen science tools and approaches wherever possible in R10 science undertakings). I help support our Region 10 Science Steering Council by helping run the Council and supporting the Executive Team members leading the Council. As Office of Environmental Assessment Tribal Specialist I meet monthly with specialists from other R10 Offices to share Tribal work, assist the regional and national Tribal Programs. I also review EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans for Tribal needs our Office can assist with. I also provide input to and review EPA STAR grant RFAs; attend/assist with workshops such as – Incorporating the principles of sustainability into watershed restoration (floodplain restoration). Other areas of involvement are: Seafood waste discharge enforcement – provide assistance to Office of Regional Counsel and Office of Water and Watersheds on designing and evaluating permittee-led assessment and monitoring of benthic and water-column impacts from seafood waste piles in Alaskan waters; Coeur d’Alene basin-wide monitoring plan – provide assistance to Office of Environmental Cleanup on the CdA site, for sequencing monitoring related to remediation for water, sediment, soil, and biota. 

Contact Information

Seattle, WA 98101-3140
Tel: 206-553-0218

Research Interests

  • Human and Ecological Risk Assessment including: Bioavailability, Cumulative Risk,
    Citizen Science, Community Values, Non-Chemical Stressors, & Tribal Health Risk

Teaching interests

Human and Ecological Risk Assessment; Ecotoxicology; Ground water/surface water risk assessment; Passive Samplers


PhD, Biology, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 1984


Arsenic uptake in bivalve Mya arenaria – testing exposure from water and sediment to clams planted in the Lower Duwamish Waterway.
Potential exposure to a variety of contaminants in daycare centers – a follow-up study supporting the Indian Health Service
Citizen science and exposure potential from diesel particulates to children at bus stops in an EJ community
Potential exposures from burning material contaminated with methyl bromide
Selected Publications


2016 - * EPA’s Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool: A Trial with Community Partners. The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice. 12(2):1-12.
2011 - ** In situ biomonitoring of caged, juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the Lower Duwamish Waterway Marine Pollution Bulletin. 62(11):2520-2532.
2011 - **Assessment of Risks to Ground-Feeding Songbirds from Lead in the Coeur D’alene Basin, Idaho. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 7(4): 596–611.
2007 - *Case study of contaminated groundwater discharge: How in-situ tools link an evolving conceptual site model with management decisions. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 3 (2): 279–289.
2005 – Interactions among risk assessors, decision makers, and stakeholders at the regional scale: The importance of connecting landscape-level endpoints with management decisions. In: Landis, W.G. (Ed.) Regional scale ecological risk assessment: using the relative risk model. CRC Press; Boca Raton, FL, 37-52.
2000 - *Risk assessments which integrate human health and ecological concerns. J. Haz. Materials 78: 1-17.



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