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Jessica Mauricio

Environmental Toxicology master's student

Objective

My goal is to take the knowledge I have gained as, an Ecological Risk Assessor, a Natural Resource Trustee and a project manager to ensure that ecosystems and organisms are adequately protected and restored

Education

Aug 2015June 2017

Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology

Texas Tech: The Institute for Environmental and Human Health in Lubbock Texas

expected graduation Aug 2017

June 2016Aug 2016

Study Abroad in Vietnam and Cambodia

Texas Tech University and  University Scholar Leadership Symposium 

Representative for Texas Tech in Hanoi Vietnam

Jul 2002Aug 2007

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Saint Edward's University in Austin Texas

Work History

June 2015May 2017

Research Assistant/Graduate Student

Texas Tech University
  • Assist in determining the impact of perfluorinated compounds on terrestrial systems
  • Design and implement a research study to determine the impacts of 6 perfluorinated compounds on the house cricket
  • Presented research results at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in November 2016
  • Assist in screening surface water bodies for algal toxins
  • Focused on Analytical Chemistry
  • Analyze samples using  Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
    Dec 2013May 2015

    Ecological Risk Assessor

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Develop statewide industry standard Protective Concentration Level Tables for hazardous chemicals by coordinating with the Toxicology Division, Quality Assurance and Quality Control colleagues, and Risk 3T software developer
    • Review Screening Level Ecological Risk Assessments for scientific accuracy
    • Review program documents and provide clear and concise technical reviews
    • Calculate risk to ecological systems and receptors for various chemicals of concern through calculation review and literature inquiries
    • Develop and edit Remediation Division guidance documents
    • Coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies regarding ecological risk potential
    • Coordinate with responsible parties to ensure that risk assessment activities are adequate
    • Provide ecological assessment screening training to staff at the division level

    Dec 2012Dec 2013

    Natural Resource Trustee

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Coordinate with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas General Land Office, National Oceanic Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency as necessary in order to adequately assess impact to ecological resources and mitigate future damages to the environment through collaboration and/or legal recourse
    • Write technical reports for dissemination and review by the Trustees prior to being released to the public (i.e. Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment and a Draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan)
    • Calculate risk to ecological systems and receptors for various chemicals of concern through calculation review, literature inquiries, and site-specific data analysis
    • Provide technical analysis of documents for legal representatives of multiple agencies
    • Develop the statewide industry standard Protective Concentration Level Tables for hazardous chemicals by coordinating with the Toxicology Division, Quality Assurance and Quality Control colleagues, and Risk 3T developer
    Dec 2010Dec 2012

    Ecological Risk Assessor

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Review Screening Level Ecological Risk Assessments for scientific accuracy
    • Review program documents and provide clear and concise technical reviews
    • Calculate risk to ecological systems and receptors for various chemicals of concern through calculation review and literature inquiries
    • Develop and edit Remediation Division guidance documents
    • Coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies regarding ecological risk potential
    • Coordinate with responsible parties to ensure that risk assessment activities are adequate
    • Provide ecological assessment screening training to staff at the division level
    Nov 2009Nov 2010

    Ecological Risk Assessor/Natural Resource Trustee

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Mentored in the Texas Natural Resource Trustees Program by Trustees with 10+ years of experience in the Trustee Program. Education was provided by attending site meetings and participating in conference calls with multiple federal agencies, state agencies, and responsible parties
    • Mentored in the Ecological Risk Assessment Program by Risk Assessors with 20+ years of experience in the Ecological Risk Program. Education was provided through programmatic review of documents, site visits, and conference calls
    • Review program documents and provide clear and concise technical reviews
    • Provide response assessment to oil spills for use by multiple state agencies
    • Develop and edit guidance documents for the Remediation Division
    • Foster relationships with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas General Land Office, National Oceanic Administration, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency through open communication and collaboration efforts
    • Prioritize project management activities based on a 50% Trustee work and 50% Eco Risk work while meeting multiple deadlines
    • Provide notifications to the Natural Resource Trustees regarding ecological risk as legally mandated
    • Provide customer service in a prompt and professional manner for both internal and external customers
    Sep 2007Nov 2009

    Project Manager

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Manage and coordinate Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank, Voluntary Cleanup, Corrective Action, and Innocent Owner remediation projects under 30 TAC 350
    • Draft clear and concise correspondence to address the technical reviews of documents/reports
    • Provide timely customer service through conference calls, emails, and meetings
    • Inform supervisors of situations/events that could impact project deadlines
    • Provide assistance to the Department of Defense regarding land access issues for former defense ranges

    Skills

    • Familiar with using Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)
    • 7 years of project management experience
    • 4 years of ecological risk assessment/analysis experience
    • Was awarded the Remediation Division Employee of the Quarter in April 2012 for exceptional leadership, innovation, personal initiative, productivity, teamwork, communication skills, and technical expertise
    • Trained in Risk 3T software
    • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher
    • Ability to successfully coordinate interactions with multiple local, state, federal, and private agencies
    • Capable of adapting to change quickly and efficiently
    • Can manage multiple projects concurrently
    • Naturally inquisitive and eager to learn new information and tasks
    • Familiar with multiple natural resource legal codes

    Awards

    • TTU Heron Scholarship 2016
    • CH Foundation Fellowship 2016
    • CH Foundation Fellowship 2015
    • Recruitment Scholarship 2015
    • Awarded the Remediation Division Employee of the Quarter in April 2012 for exceptional leadership, innovation, personal initiative, productivity, teamwork, communication skills, and technical expertise
    • McNair Research Grant 2005
    • Dean's Scholarship 2004 
    • Private Donor Award 2004
    • Dean's Scholarship 2003
    • Private Donor Award 2003

    References

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