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Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Staff

Erik M. Andersen

Title: Research Physical Scientist

EPA Division: Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division

EPA Branch: Exposure Measurements and Analysis Branch

Erik is actively involved in A Pilot Study to Estimate Human Exposures to Pyrethroids Using an Exposure Reconstruction Approach’ (the Ex-R Study), and Perfluorinated Compounds (PFC’s) in water, serum and dust. He is the lead author in the development of the Creatinine and Specific Gravity Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for previously unused methods and their use in analyzing field samples, and engaged in all field work and lab work involved with the Ex-R research project.

Erik acted as quality assurance manager regarding Ex-R data sets and quality assurance control regarding NEAR Road data sets. He engaged in all laboratory work involving Perfluorinated Compounds (PFC’s), including water, serum, tissue, and dust analysis using multiple forms of mass spectrometry. Erik is currently developing several papers regarding the use of a new Creatinine assay method developed for the Ex-R study as well as co-author on multiple PFC papers that are currently in development.


  • M. S., M. PH., Environmental Sciences and Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
  • B. S., Biology, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006
  • Naval Officer Training Course, Newport, Rhode Island, 2008
  • Naval Advanced Leadership Development Program, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 2005
  • Radiological Control Technician Qualification School, Portsmouth, Virginia, 2003
  • Naval Primary Leadership Development Program, Bangor, Washington, 2003
  • Naval Submarine Force Quality Assurance Inspector, Bangor, Washington, 2002
  • Naval Shipboard Security Engagement Weapons, Bangor, Washington, 2002
  • High Pressure Air Compressor (Worthington) Advanced Maintenance, San Diego, California, 2000
  • Naval First Line Leadership Development Program, Coronado, California, 2000
  • Naval Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Technician School, Goose Creek, South Carolina, 1999
  • Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator School, Mechanical, Goose Creek, South Carolina, 1999
  • Naval Nuclear Power School, Enlisted, Orlando, Florida, 1998
  • Naval Nuclear Machinist's Mate, Class A School, Orlando, Florida, 1998
  • Naval Recruit Training, Enlisted, Great Lakes, Illinois, 1997

Professional Experience:

  • Research Physical Scientist, USEPA, ORD, NERL-HEASD-EMAB, RTP, NC 2010-present
  • Lead Radiation Controls Specialist, Sharon Harris Nuclear Plant, New Hill, NC November 2009-May 2010
  • Executive Officer, Naval Operational Support Center, Raleigh, NC November 2008-October 2009
  • Research Assistant, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission- Biovir Project, August 2006-May 2008
  • Radiological Controls Technician, United States Navy, Pearl Harbor, HI August 2003-July 2006
  • Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Plant Supervisor-Engineering Laboratory Technician, United States Navy USS Houston SSN-713, November 1999-April 2003

Professional Societies and Affiliations:

  • American Federal Government Employees (AFGE) #3347

Select Awards and Honors:

  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Navy Good Conduct Medal (3)
  • Navy Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Flag Letter of Commendation (4)
  • Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Submarine Insignia (Enlisted)

Select Presentations:

  • Improved Recovery of Multiple Microbial Indicator Organisms from Source and Treated Drinking Waters by Optimized Hydraulic Modification to Hollow-fiber Ultrafilters. Poster presentation at 2008 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Boston, MA.

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:
Erik M. Andersen
Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
US EPA Office of Research and Development
109 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-3853
Email: andersen.erik@epa.gov

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