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Katherine Ellen von Stackelberg, Sc.D.

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Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MAScD06/2006Environmental Science and Risk Management
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MAScM06/1998Environmental Health and Health Policy and Management
Harvard College, Cambridge, MAAB06/1988cum laude General Studies

Dr. von Stackelberg has long worked at the intersection of science and policy, originally in assessing public health and ecological risks of exposure to environmental contaminants, which expanded to the role of natural systems, expressed as ecosystem services, in supporting well-being, and the subsequent valuation of those ecosystem services to support policy analyses around planetary health. She is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Environmental health and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Team Leader for the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants Group (Sunderland Lab) at Harvard University, and Director of Research Translation for the Harvard Superfund Research Program (MEMCARE). Her ScD dissertation was based on a contingent valuation survey to monetize the benefit associated with risk reductions to ecological receptors exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls in the environment. She has several risk assessment projects to interpret and map in vitro data to key events in adverse outcome pathways to evaluate specific regulatory health outcomes associated with exposure to per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS), heavy organics, mixtures of metals, and emerging contaminants associated with tire wear particles. Dr. von Stackelberg served as the technical lead in the development of a spatially-explicit, probabilistic bioaccumulation model to quantify contaminant uptake in aquatic organisms, and has developed several risk-based decision analytic frameworks to integrate and evaluate tradeoffs across management alternatives associated with reducing exposures to environmental contaminants. She is currently working with an international team to develop an ecosystem integrity index (EII; in review at a Frontiers journal) expressed as carbon-weighted hectares, that combines earth observation, machine learning, and confirmatory ground-level data and links to a monetized (or tokenized) valuation of biodiversity attributes. Dr. von Stackelberg teaches a course on “socio-ecological systems to support a regenerative future” that focuses on systems analysis, economic drivers of environmental degradation, and transformational systems approaches to support nature-positive decisions by individuals, companies, and governments. Dr. von Stackelberg served on US EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors, and a National Academies panel on coral reef resilience. She serves as frequent peer reviewer to the European Commission Horizon funding program, and was a peer reviewer to the US EPA on several ecosystem service assessment documents.

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  1. von Stackelberg K, Williams PRD, Sánchez-Triana E. A Systematic Framework for Collecting Site-Specific Sampling and Survey Data to Support Analyses of Health Impacts from Land-Based Pollution in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 04 28; 18(9). PMID: 33924797.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
  2. Williams PRD, von Stackelberg K, Guerra Lopez MG, Sanchez-Triana E. Risk Analysis Approaches to Evaluating Health Impacts from Land-Based Pollution in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Risk Anal. 2021 11; 41(11):1971-1986. PMID: 33565672.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  3. von Stackelberg K, Williams PRD. Evolving Science and Practice of Risk Assessment. Risk Anal. 2021 04; 41(4):571-583. PMID: 33295028; PMCID: PMC8257268.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  4. Mitchell CJ, Lawrence E, Chu VR, Harris MJ, Landis WG, von Stackelberg KE, Stark JD. Integrating Metapopulation Dynamics into a Bayesian Network Relative Risk Model: Assessing Risk of Pesticides to Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in an Ecological Context. Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2021 Jan; 17(1):95-109. PMID: 33064347.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  5. McQueen AD, Lotufo GR, Pickard SW, Lenox AM, Moore DW, von Stackelberg K, Suedel BC. Evaluation of dredged sediment for aquatic placement: interpreting contaminant bioaccumulation. Environ Monit Assess. 2020 Apr 10; 192(5):277. PMID: 32274592.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
  6. Landis WG, Chu VR, Graham SE, Harris MJ, Markiewicz AJ, Mitchell CJ, von Stackelberg KE, Stark JD. Integration of Chlorpyrifos Acetylcholinesterase Inhibition, Water Temperature, and Dissolved Oxygen Concentration into a Regional Scale Multiple Stressor Risk Assessment Estimating Risk to Chinook Salmon. Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2020 Jan; 16(1):28-42. PMID: 31379044.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  7. von Stackelberg K. Ecosystem Resilience on Human Terms. Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2018 Sep; 14(5):598-600. PMID: 30489029.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  8. von Stackelberg K, Li M, Sunderland E. Results of a national survey of high-frequency fish consumers in the United States. Environ Res. 2017 10; 158:126-136. PMID: 28623747.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  9. von Stackelberg K, Williams MA, Clough J, Johnson MS. Spatially explicit bioaccumulation modeling in aquatic environments: Results from 2 demonstration sites. Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2017 Nov; 13(6):1023-1037. PMID: 28294524.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
  10. Munns WR, Poulsen V, Gala WR, Marshall SJ, Rea AW, Sorensen MT, von Stackelberg K. Ecosystem services in risk assessment and management. Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2017 Jan; 13(1):62-73. PMID: 27464004.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
  11. von Stackelberg K, Guzy E, Chu T, Claus Henn B. Exposure to Mixtures of Metals and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes: A Multidisciplinary Review Using an Adverse Outcome Pathway Framework. Risk Anal. 2015 Jun; 35(6):971-1016. PMID: 26096925; PMCID: PMC5108657.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  12. von Stackelberg KE. Decision analytic strategies for integrating ecosystem services and risk assessment. Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2013 Apr; 9(2):260-8. PMID: 23307317.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  13. von Stackelberg K. A Systematic Review of Carcinogenic Outcomes and Potential Mechanisms from Exposure to 2,4-D and MCPA in the Environment. J Toxicol. 2013; 2013:371610. PMID: 23533401.
    Citations: 9     
  14. von Stackelberg K, Buonocore J, Bhave PV, Schwartz JA. Public health impacts of secondary particulate formation from aromatic hydrocarbons in gasoline. Environ Health. 2013 Feb 20; 12:19. PMID: 23425393.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  15. Levy JI, Buonocore JJ, von Stackelberg K. Evaluation of the public health impacts of traffic congestion: a health risk assessment. Environ Health. 2010 Oct 27; 9:65. PMID: 20979626.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  16. von Stackelberg, K and Hammitt, J. Use of contingent valuation to elicit willingness-to-pay for the benefits of developmental health risk reductions. Environmental and Resource Economics. 2009; 1(43):45-61.
  17. von Stackelberg K, Vorhees D, Moore D, Cura J, Bridges T. Evaluation of sources of uncertainty in risk assessments conducted for the US Army using a case study approach. Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2008 Jan; 4(1):41-60. PMID: 18260207.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  18. von Stackelberg K, Nelson M, Southworth B, Bridges T. An evaluation of risk drivers from a sample of risk assessments conducted for the US Army. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. 2007; 5(13):1053-1077.
  19. Goyal A, Small MJ, von Stackelberg K, Burmistrov D, Jones N. Estimation of fugitive lead emission rates from secondary lead facilities using hierarchical Bayesian models. Environ Sci Technol. 2005 Jul 01; 39(13):4929-37. PMID: 16053094.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
  20. von Stackelberg KE, Burmistrov D, Vorhees DJ, Bridges TS, Linkov I. Importance of uncertainty and variability to predicted risks from trophic transfer of PCBs in dredged sediments. Risk Anal. 2002 Jun; 22(3):499-512. PMID: 12088229.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  21. von Stackelberg K, Burmistrov D, Linkov I, Cura J, Bridges TS. The use of spatial modeling in an aquatic food web to estimate exposure and risk. Sci Total Environ. 2002 Apr 08; 288(1-2):97-110. PMID: 12013551.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  22. von SK, Menzie CA. A cautionary note on the use of species presence and absence data in deriving sediment criteria. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2002 Feb; 21(2):466-72. PMID: 11833815.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
  23. von Stackelberg K, Menzie C. A cautionary note on the use of species presence and absence data in deriving sediment quality criteria. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 2002; 2(21):466-472.
  24. von Stackelberg K, Burmistrov D, Vorhees DJ, Bridges TS, Linkov I. Importance of uncertainty and variability to predicted risks from trophic transfer of PCBs in dredged sediments. Risk Analysis. 2002; 3(22):499-512.
  25. Linkov I, von Stackelberg KE, Burmistrov D, Bridges TS. Uncertainty and variability in risk from trophic transfer of contaminants in dredged sediments. Sci Total Environ. 2001 Jul 02; 274(1-3):255-69. PMID: 11453301.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
  26. Burmaster DE, von Stackelberg KE. A discussion of the U.S. EPA methodology for determining Water Quality Standards (WQS). Qual Assur. 1992 Jun; 1(3):192-206. PMID: 1344674.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsPHPublic Health
  27. Burmaster DE, von Stackelberg K. Using Monte Carlo simulations in public health risk assessments: estimating and presenting full distributions of risk. J Expo Anal Environ Epidemiol. 1991 Oct; 1(4):491-512. PMID: 1824330.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
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