National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 1986-1999. National Status and Trends Mussel Watch Program. Ongoing program monitoring trace element trends in estuarine sediment and oysters from the U.S. coast including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Since Dec., 1994 TERL has been the sole trace element analytical laboratory for the entire NS&T Mussel Watch Program.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1991-present TERL is one of the few contract laboratories for the analysis of trace elements, AVS and other parameters in various animal and plant tissues, sediment and water provided by Service field crews. More than 1,000 samples per year are typically analyzed for the FWS in this on-going project.
U.S. Department of the Navy. 1995-97. TERL was selected as an analytical laboratory for a high visibility study of yellow fat disease in heron populations nesting on Navy lands in San Diego. The levels of 13 elements were determined in liver tissues from healthy and diseased individuals.
Ecological Planning and Toxicology/ Parametrix. 1995. TERL is participating in a large environmental assessment study in Utah. To date, more than 400 samples have been analyzed for 6 metals (As, Cd, Cu, Pb, Se, Zn, MDL’s < 0.2 ppm dry wt.) with comprehensive laboratory QA. The samples have been a diverse array of biological matrices including fish, insects, rodents, invertebrates, eggs and livers.
NOAA Sediment Toxicity Study. 1995-1996. TERL is participating in a study to correlate observed sediment toxicity with the levels of 16 trace elements and AVS in large sample sets from both freshwater (Saline Lake) and saltwater (Biscayne Bay) environments.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/ Ecosystems Research Institute. 1993-Present. San Juan River Study. A multi-phase environmental monitoring study of biota from this river system. TERL has analyzed over 500 samples from this study so far.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1990-1995. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Virginia) and Galveston Bay and Casco Bay National Estuary Programs (1991-92): Separate projects monitoring trace element levels in marine sediments and living resources.
Minerals Management Service. 1992-1995. Gulf of Mexico Offshore Operations Monitoring Experiment (GOOMEX). A large program (TERL budget $660,000) to evaluate the sublethal responses of biota exposed to contaminants released from offshore petroleum operations. TERL has participated in numerous other MMS projects.