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Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Staff

Teri L. Conner

Title: Research Physical Scientist

EPA Division: Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division

EPA Branch: Environmental Characterization and Apportionment Branch

Narrative:
Teri’s early career consisted of work in a variety of areas related to the study of air quality: trace element analysis of atmospheric particles by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), modeling and evaluation of visibility impairment by fine particle pollutants, ambient and source monitoring techniques, chemical evaporation and dispersion modeling. Her early work at the USEPA focused on source apportionment of particulate matter and VOC’s and receptor model evaluation. Upon the acquisition of two new SEM/EDX (scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray analysis) instruments, Teri redirected her work to focus on the chemical and physical characterization of individual particles by SEM/EDX, both as laboratory manager and principal investigator.

Teri now runs the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) laboratory, where she evaluates and troubleshoots XRF instruments, performs analyses of air particulate samples for EPA laboratories and stakeholders, and approaches for evaluating and reporting data quality.

Teri also participates in NERL-sponsored or endorsed education and outreach activities. These activities raise the environmental awareness of the public and provide environmental awareness and training for future generations, in the process showcasing the EPA as a potential future employer. The activities are as varied as the audiences to which they are directed, and range from leading environmentally-related activities at local elementary schools to giving air quality lectures for high school environmental science classes.

Education/Training:

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Washington University in Saint Louis, 1985
  • M.A., Chemistry, Washington University in Saint Louis, 1983
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Maryland, 1980

Professional Experience:

  • Research Physical Scientist, USEPA, RTP, NC 1990-present
  • Engineering Research Fellowship, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, Bedford, MA 1988-1989
  • Staff Scientist, Radian Corporation, Austin, TX 1987-1988
  • National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship, USEPA, RTP, NC 1986-1987
  • Postdoctoral appointment, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1985-1986

Select Awards and Honors:

  • USEPA Silver Medal – Awarded to NERL’s PM Exposure Analysis Team for ground-breaking analyses associated with understanding factors that influence personal exposures to PM of ambient origin
  • Five USEPA Bronze Medals – Awarded for participation in projects ranging from the Puget Sound Air Toxics Deposition project to the World Trade Center Dust Screening Method Study Team

Select Publications:

  • Williams, R., Brook, R., Bard, R., Conner, T., Shin, H., Burnett, R., 2011, Impact of personal and ambient-level exposures to nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter on cardiovascular function, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 1-21.
  • Rosati, J. A, Bern, A. M., Willis, R. D., Blanchard, F. T., Conner, T. L. Kahn, H. D., Friedman, D., 2008, Multi-laboratory testing of a screening method for world trade center (WTC) collapse dust, Science of the Total Environment, 390, 514-519.

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:
Teri L. Conner
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: 919-541-3157
Email: conner.teri@epa.gov

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