James Meador, PhD, MS

Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Dr. James Meador is an environmental toxicologist with NOAA Fisheries in Seattle. He earned a Ph.D. in aquatic toxicology from the University of Washington and has more than 30 years' experience in the field. Jim's research interests are fairly broad and include exposure assessment and characterization of toxic effects for metals, PAHs, tributyltin, PCBs, and contaminants of emerging concern. Currently his research is focused on metabolic disruption and using tissue residues as the dose metric for toxicity assessment.

Contact Information

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fish Health Program
Seattle, WA 98112-

Research Interests

  • Aquatic toxicology, exposure assessment, metabolic disruptors, tissue-residue toxicity, contaminants of emerging concern, PAHs, metals, organotins, PCBs.

Teaching interests

Aquatic toxicology, ecotoxicology, toxic exposure assessment, responses by aquatic organisms to toxicants.


PhD, Aquatic Toxicology, University of Washington, 1988
MS, Physiological Ecology, San Diego State University, 1981
BS, Zoology, Humboldt State University, 1975


Co-PI on grant "Integrated Biomonitoring for Emerging Contaminants". Studies in Puget Sound, WA to assess physiological and genomic responses to pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other chemicals of emerging concern. Funded by the WA Dept. of Ecology. 2013-2015.
International partner on a grant to study the effects of PAHs on polar cod. Jasmine Nahrgang, Principal Investigator. University of Tromsø, Norway. 2012 – 2015.
On-going studies of metabolic disruptors in fish.
Using the tissue residue approach for toxicity assessment to delineate environmental quality standards.

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