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MOLLY ELIZABETH SHUMAN GOODIER: ECOLOGY & TOXICOLOGY

Molly Elizabeth Shuman Goodier is a biologist and ecotoxicologist, a discipline that combines ecology and toxicology to study the effects of toxic pollutants on the environment. She earned her doctorate at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, has an affinity for amphibians and a weakness for chocolate.

Shuman Goodier is inspired by partnerships that cross disciplines and borders to reduce impacts to freshwater wildlife through sustainable management of agricultural systems. For her dissertation research, she explored the ecosystem benefits provided by rice field amphibians, including their utility as indicators of endocrine (hormone) disruption.

Through a series of experiments and surveys, she examined how exposure to rice pesticides affects amphibians at multiple scales and spanning physiology, behavior, and ecology. She conducted this fieldwork in Laguna, Philippines as part of a research collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), headquartered in the Philippines.

Shuman Goodier currently works as a biologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. She has held research positions in wildlife and conservation biology with the U.S. National Park Service, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the University of Colorado.