Matt Zwiernik

Matt Zwiernik

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Retired Faculty
Department of Animal Science


BS, Michigan State University, 1989, biology and biochemistry
PhD, Michigan State University, environmental toxicology

Past Affiliations

Assistant professor at the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine

Adjunct assistant professor of Zoology in the College of Natural Science


Environmental toxicology, both screening level and baseline ecological risk assessment approaches including the identification of contaminants and receptors of concern, site-specific data collection and analysis, derivation of toxicity reference values, risk characterization, and development of risk based clean up levels. Specializations included investigations utilizing top avian species including the great horned owl, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, kingfisher, wood duck, tree swallow, house wren, eastern bluebird and American robin. Additional expertise included applied environmental microbiology, identification and evaluation of intrinsic bioremediation, fate and transport modeling, geochemical and biogeochemical processes and molecular biology.