VALERIE E. RACO-RANDS – Research Technician


EDUCATION:

Certificate Digital Media Arts, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. 2004

B.S., Marine Biology with distinction, California State University, Long Beach, 1982

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Raco-Rands’ current main job is to help maintain SCCWRP’s website, manage SCCWRP’s publications, and create graphics.

Raco-Rands also has worked in DNA barcoding. She was responsible for DNA sample tracking, sorting and sampling invertebrates for DNA analysis, and taking and processing specimen photos. Raco-Rands has participated in the creation of the past four Southern California Bight Regional Monitoring Program trawl reports by summarizing and performing data analysis of fish and invertebrate communities. She has also designed and played a major part in creating a southern California historical fish trawl database dating from 1954, helped to create a demersal fish biointegrity index for assessing pollution impacts on the southern California shelf, and participated in a study to describe the relationship of changes in southern California fish populations to trends in environmental variables.

Raco-Rands also summarized input from the large and small municipal wastewater facilities, power generating stations, and oil platforms into the Southern California Bight. In the past, she specialized in summarizing various anthropogenic inputs from additional sources such as stormwater runoff and hazardous material spills into the Southern California Bight. She also designed and helped create a centralized 30-year database of the large POTW effluent mass emissions. She also has conducted SCCWRP's MicrotoxR bioassay program which has included analysis of municipal wastewater, treatment plant effluents, storm water surface runoff, marine sediment interstitial water, produced water from oil drilling, and oil tanker ballast water. She has performed abalone bioassays and has assisted with other bioassays such as sea urchin fertilization, echinochrome assays, and amphipod growth experiments.

As an Assistant Research Technician, she has participated in clean technique dissections of various fish and invertebrates for chlorinated and trace metal analyses, performed trace metals digestions, and trace organic base-neutral and acid extractions.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Research Technician, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA. 1983-Present

Assistant Research Technician, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. El Segundo and Long Beach, CA. 1979-1982

Research Assistant, California State University, Long Beach. Long Beach, CA. 1979-1980

Marine Technician, Marine Biological Consultants. Costa Mesa, CA. 1978-1979

Research Technician, Occidental College. Los Angeles, CA. 1978

HONORS AND AWARDS:

Dean's Honor List, California State University, Long Beach (1976-1977)

Presidents Honor List, California State University, Long Beach (1977-1978)

PUBLICATIONS:

Schiff, K., S. Weisberg, and V. Raco-Rands. 2002. Inventory of ocean monitoring in the Southern California Bight. Environmental Management 29:871-876.

TECHNICAL REPORTS:

Allen, M.J., R.W. Smith, E.T. Jarvis, V. Raco-Rands, B. Bernstein, and K. Herbinson. 2004. Temporal trends in southern California coastal fish populations relative to 30-year trends in oceanic conditions. pp. 264-285 in: S.B. Weisberg and D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Biennial Report 2003-2004. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., E.T. Jarvis, and V. Raco-Rands. 2003. Comparison of population trends and recurrent groups of demersal fishes in the Southern California Bight and in Orange County Sanitation District Surveys (Preliminary, December 9, 2003). Prepared for Orange County Sanitation District. Fountain Valley, CA.

Allen, M.J., R.W. Smith, E.T. Jarvis, V. Raco-Rands, B.B. Bernstein, and K.T. Herbinson. 2003. Temporal trends in southern California nearshore fish populations relative to environmental influences. California State Coastal Conservancy (CSCC) Proposition 12 Grant Program, SMBRP Grant Agreement No. 01-088. Prepared for the CSCC and Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. Oakland and Los Angeles, CA.

Allen, M.J., A.K. Groce, D. Diener, J. Brown, S.A. Steinert, G. Deets, J.A. Noblet, S.L. Moore, D. Diehl, E.T. Jarvis, V. Raco-Rands, C. Thomas, Y. Ralph, R. Gartman, D. Cadien, S.B. Weisberg, and T. Mikel. 2002. Southern California Bight 1998 Regional Monitoring Program: Vol. V. Demersal Fishes and Megabenthic Invertebrates. Technical Report 380. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Allen, M.J., R.W. Smith, and V. Raco-Rands. 2001. Development of Biointegrity Indices for Marine Demersal Fish and Megabenthic Invertebrate Assemblages of Southern California. Technical Report 469. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. and A. Steinberger. 2001. Characteristics of effluents from large municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1997. pp. 28-44 in: S.B. Weisberg and D. Elmore (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1999-2000. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. 1999. Characteristics of effluents from large municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1996. pp. 2-17 in: S.B. Weisberg and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1997-98. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. 1999. Characteristics of effluents from non-power industrial facilities in 1995. pp. 18-30 in: S.B. Weisberg and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1997-98. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. 1997. Characteristics of effluents from large municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1995. pp. 3-16 in: S.B. Weisberg, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1996. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. 1997. Characteristics of effluents from small municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1995. pp. 17-31 in: S.B. Weisberg, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1996. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. 1997. Characteristics of effluents from power generating stations in 1995. pp. 32-43 in: S.B. Weisberg, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1996. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. 1996. Characteristics of effluents from large municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1994. pp. 10-20 in: M.J. Allen, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1994-95. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. 1996. Characteristics of effluents from small municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1994. pp. 21-28 in: M.J. Allen, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1994-95. Westminster, CA.

Raco-Rands, V.E. 1996. Characteristics of effluents from power generating stations in 1994. pp. 29-36 in: M.J. Allen, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1994-95. Westminster, CA.

Raco, V.E. and M.J. Allen. 1995. Characteristics of effluents from large municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1993. pp. 9-17 in: J.N. Cross, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1993-94. Westminster, CA.

Raco, V.E. 1995. Characteristics of effluents from small municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1993. pp. 18-2417 in: J.N. Cross, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1993-94. Westminster, CA.

Raco, V.E. 1994. Characteristics of effluents from large municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1992. pp. 10-1917 in: J.N. Cross, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1992-93. Westminster, CA.

Raco, V.E. 1994. Estimated discharges from offshore oil platforms in the Southern California bight in 1990. pp. 20-34. 1917 in: J.N. Cross, C. Francisco, and D. Hallock (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1992-93. Westminster, CA.

Raco, V.E. 1992. Characteristics of effluents from large municipal wastewater treatment facilities in 1990 and 1991. pp. 8-18 in: J.N. Cross and C. Francisco (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1990-91 and 1991-1992. Long Beach, CA.

Raco, V.E. 1992. Hazardous spills in the Southern California Bight. pp. 29-38 in: J.N. Cross and C. Francisco (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1990-91 and 1991-1992. Long Beach, CA.

Raco, V.E. 1990. Toxicity of surface runoff in Southern California. pp. 83-87 in: J.N. Cross and D.M. Wiley (eds.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1989-90. Long Beach, CA.

Raco, V.E. 1989. Toxicity of surface runoff in Los Angeles County. pp. 66-71 in: P.M. Konrad (ed.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Annual Report 1988-89. Long Beach, CA.

Cross, J.N., V.E. Raco, and D.W. Diehl. 1984. Fish reproduction around outfalls. pp. 211-227 in: W. Bascom (ed.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Biennial Report 1983-1984. Long Beach, CA.

Brown, D.A., E.M. Perkins, K.D. Jenkins, P.S. Oshida, S.M. Bay, J.F. Alfafara, and V.E. Raco. 1982. Seasonal changes in mussels. pp. 179-192 in: W. Bascom (ed.), Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Biennial Report 1981-1982. Long Beach, CA.