Dr. Beatrice Hernout is a Post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Environmental Toxicology and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University (TTU). She is currently working on the effects of marine pollutants in endangered marine species. Her research focuses on the effects of chemical contaminants in the environment to evaluate and better characterize the potential risks of organisms to contaminants, particularly in wildlife species. She received her M.S. in Ecology and Ethology from the University of Saint-Etienne, France. With her background in ecology, she has a particular interest in wildlife conservation and management, and developing an ecological relevant risk assessment to better understand the effects of pollutants in wildlife species. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental sciences from the University of York in England, where she worked as a Marie Curie Early Career Fellow of the Marie Curie CREAM Initial Training Network ‘Mechanistic Effect Models for Ecological Risk Assessment of Chemicals’. The CREAM network involved partners from academia, industry and regulatory authorities from many European countries. She has focused on understanding the risks of soil-associated metals on the bat populations in England and Wales during her Ph.D. studies, under the supervision of Prof. Alistair Boxall. After received her Ph.D., Dr. Hernout moved to the USA to work as a post-doctoral research associate in the Wildlife Toxicology laboratory at TTU. Her project focused on the assessment of the impacts of the parasitism on the northern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) and scaled quail (Callipepla squamata) at a population level. In 2016, she integrated Dr. Céline Godard-Codding Laboratory, in which she is focusing on the effects on petroleum products in marine vertebrates, using biomolecular approaches.
Wildlife toxicology; bioaccumulation; biomarkers.