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Eric R. Waits

My principal research interests lie in environmental genetics, molecular toxicology, and functional genomics. Current research includes: genome-wide surveys for genetic determinants of susceptibility to environmental contaminants in small fish models; population genetic studies to elucidate the role population processes play in mediating chemical exposures for keystone aquatic species in urban and agricultural landscapes; and investigating the utility of phylogenetic diversity metrics for predicting attainment of ecosystem services in a mountaintop removal valley fill operation case study. Ultimately, this research aims to incorporate the inherent capacity of individuals, populations, and communities to respond to environmental perturbation and reduce uncertainty when assessing risk of anthropogenic activity and environmental pollution.

Biographical Information

Name: Eric R. Waits
Title: Research Biologist

Contact Info:

Ecological Exposure Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Environmental Protection Agency
26 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (MD579)
Cincinnati, OH 45268

Phone: 513-569-7301


  • Ph.D. Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology, 2010, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health
  • M.S. Biology, 1999, University of Cincinnati, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Ecology and Evolution
  • B.S. Biology, 1994, University of Cincinnati, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Professional Experience

  • Biologist, USEPA, ORD/NERL, 2001 to Present
  • Molecular Ecologist, Sobran, Inc., 2000 to 2001
  • Research Associate, Proctor and Gamble, Molecular Biology and Protein Core, 1999 to 2000

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2007 Bronze Medal - Award for Outstanding Leadership in Collaborative Problem Solving given to the Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs), Hormones, and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEs) in the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River Study Team.
  • 2011 NERL Special Achievement Award – For Quality Assurance

Publications and Presentations

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