Ellie Wenger is a Research Technician in the Toxicology Department at SCCWRP. She specializes in using cell-based assays to detect harmful contaminants in aquatic environments. Her research focuses on assessing the potential of utilizing bioassays along with chemical composition analysis to monitor water quality.
She received her M.S. from California State University, Long Beach in microbiology and her B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Northern Colorado. She joined SCCWRP in 2018.
M.S., microbiology, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, 2018
B.S., ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, 2013
Research Technician, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA. 2018-present
Laboratory Assistant, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority. Costa Mesa, CA. 2018
Biology Lab Instructor, Chapman University. 2016-present
Graduate Lab Tech, California State University Long Beach. 2015-2018
Biology Lab Instructor California State University Long Beach. 2014-2018
Graduate Student Researcher, California State University Long Beach. 2014-2015
Laboratory Assistant, University of Northern Colorado Biology Department. Greeley, Colorado. 2012-2013
Laboratory Assistant, University of Northern Colorado Biology Department. Greeley, Colorado. 2011-2013
Honors and Awards
CSU Graduate Research Summer Fellowship, 2016
Society of Wetland Scientist Graduate Student Grant, 2016
Reish Award, 2016
LA Rod and Reel Club Graduate Scholarship, 2016
Southern California Academy of Sciences, 2016
Southern California Tuna Club Graduate Scholarship, 2015, 2016
COAST Graduate Student Fellowship, 2015
Denver Scholarship, 2009-2013
Selected Presentations and Conference Proceedings
2019. Sothern California Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting – Poster: Sensing the freely dissolved concentration of PCBs in San Diego Bay using low density polyethylene passive samplers. San Diego, California.
2017. Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting– Presentation: The impacts of sea level rise on decomposer communities in California salt marshes. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2017. California State University Research Competition – Presentation: The impacts of sea level rise on decomposer communities in California salt marshes– 1st place winner. Long Beach, California.
2016. Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting– Poster: The impacts of sea level rise on decomposer communities in California salt marshes. Monterey, California.
2013. University of Northern Colorado. Student Research Day – Poster: Male Mate Choice and the Avoidance of Inbreeding Depression in the Marine Copepod Tigriopus californicus (Harpacticoida, Copepoda). University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado.