Valerie E. Raco-Rands helps maintain SCCWRP’s website, manage SCCWRP’s publications, and create graphics. She has worked in a wide variety of disciplines including chemistry, marine biology, and anthropogenic inputs. She has also worked in DNA barcoding. She was responsible for DNA sample tracking, sorting and sampling invertebrates for DNA analysis, and taking and processing specimen photos. She has participated in the creation of the 1994-2008 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 to 2003, 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.
She has also specialized in summarizing various anthropogenic inputs from large and small municipal wastewater facilities, power generating stations, oil platforms, 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.
She received a B.S. in marine biology from California State University, Long Beach in 1982 and a certificate in digital media arts from Orange Coast College in 2004. She joined SCCWRP in July 1979.
Certificate digital media arts, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. 2004
B.S., marine biology with distinction, California State University, Long Beach, 1982
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)