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Peter John Lasier

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2152

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Telephone: 706-546-2186

Fax: 706-546-2109

Email: plasier@usgs.gov 

Research Fishery Biologist

Primary Responsibilities: 

Evaluate the fate and effect of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems and develop procedures to identify and study aquatic-contaminant problems.  Design and conduct toxicological investigations for the purpose of identifying acute and chronic toxicity of inorganic and organic contaminants resulting from point and non-point sources.  Through a combination of laboratory and field assessments, identify environmental conditions that may harm fish and wildlife resources in the Southeast.  Conduct controlled bioassays to determine the effects of specific contaminants to aquatic organisms and relate these responses to toxicity observed in laboratory and field evaluations.

Education/Training: 
BS, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, 1982, Limnology, Fisheries Management, Biology
MS, The University of Georgia, 1987, Forest Resources
PhD, The University of Georgia, 1995, Forest Resources

Areas of Expertise/Interest:
Aquatic contaminants
Aquatic toxicity testing
Aquatic habitat assessment

Accomplishments/Awards/Achievements: 
USDOI Special Achievement Award (1988-1994)

Active Projects: 

Mixture effects of chloride, sulfate and bicarbonate on reproduction of    Ceriodaphnia dubia

Sediment Quality in Canals that Discharge into Biscayne Bay, Dade Co.      

Assessment of alternative substrates for culturing Lumbriculus variegatus

Selected Publications/Products: 

Lasier P.J., P.V. Winger and I.R. Hardin.  2006.  Effects of hardness and alkalinity in culture and test waters on reproduction of Ceriodaphnia dubia.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25:

Winger P.V., P.J. Lasier and T. Augspurger.  2005.  Potential impact of Dare County landfills on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.  Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 1:267-282.

Winger P.V., P.J. Lasier and K.J. Bogenrieder. 2005.  Combined use of rapid bioassay protocols and sediment quality triad to assess stream quality. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 100:267-295.
           
Lasier P.J., P.V. Winger, J.L. Shelton Jr. and K.J. Bogenrieder.  2004.  Sediment-quality assessment of the lower Oconee River.  Southeastern Naturalist. 3(1) 139-154.

Winger P.V and P.J. Lasier.  2004.  Sediment quality in freshwater impoundments at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.  Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 47 (3) 304-313.

Jackson B.P., P.V. Winger and P.J. Lasier.  2004. Atmospheric deposition of trace elements to Okefenokee Swamp, GA, estimated by elemental concentrations in dated peat core. Environmental Pollution 130:445-451.

 Lasier P.J. and P.V. Winger.  2000.  Toxicity of manganese to Ceriodaphnia dubia and Hyalella azteca. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 38:298-304.

Jackson B.P., P.J. Lasier, B.P. Miller and P.V. Winger.  2000.  Effects of calcium, magnesium, and sodium on alleviating cadmium toxicity to Hyalella azteca. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 64:279-286.

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