Expertise: Environmental Toxicology & Pollinator Risk Assessment
As a member of our Ecological Risk Assessment team, Annie assists clients with technical and regulatory planning and strategic support for risk and conservation decision making related to agriculture, pesticides, and endangered species issues.
Annie has spent more than 6 years working in environmental toxicology, pesticide regulation, and pollinator risk assessment. She has worked in a contract research laboratory and in pollinator safety for an agrochemical company where she conducted Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) effect studies with non-target arthropods and non-target plants and assisted in GLP field residue trials to comply with FIFRA. Annie has 8 years of research, conservation, and product stewardship experience working with honey bees, bumble bees and monarch butterflies. Annie has authored numerous publications and made presentations at various industry trade associations.
Ph.D., Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
B.S., Zoology, Minor in Chemistry, University of Wyoming.
Expertise: Agricultural Economics
With a background in production agriculture and working lands conservation, Leah applies economic principles to risk and conservation decision-making to support agrochemical product development, assessment, and defense. She also provides applied economics research support through collaboration on federal grants and other projects. Her skills support pesticide benefit assessments and endangered species assessments.
Leah previously worked for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and the USDA Agricultural Research Service as an agricultural economist for 15 years. She has worked in both the Federal conservation program and agricultural research arenas conducting applied economic research on conservation production systems, cover crops, and herbicide-resistant weed management, and preparing cost-benefit analyses for Federal conservation programs as part of the rulemaking process.
Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Auburn University.
M.S., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University.
B.A., Economics, The University of the South.
Expertise: Endangered Species
Ashlea offers technical and regulatory planning and strategic support for risk and conservation decision-making related to agriculture, pesticides, and endangered species issues.
Ashlea enjoys finding workable solutions that support end users and promote environmental stewardship by integrating sound science with management decisions. Over the past 20 years she has acted as Visiting Scientist at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research conducting research on the efficacy of vector control products and Research Assistant at the Texas A&M Extension Agency helping growers find solutions to plant disease transmission in vineyards. She serves as Technical Consultant to the FIFRA Endangered Species Task Force (FESTF) providing endangered species and pesticide data analysis and agency interaction support for regulatory decisions under the US FIFRA and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
M.S., Entomology, University of Queensland.
B.A., Physical Anthropology, Southwestern University.