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Jessica Meiller

Professorial Lecturer
Department of Environmental Science

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Dept. of Environmental Science
  • Jesse Meiller is an marine ecologist and environmental toxicologist. Jesse received her PhD from the University of Maryland in the Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Sciences (MEES) program after doing her undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University. She received and held an AAAS fellowship in Environmental Science Policy at the EPA. Following her fellowship, and while still at the EPA, she provided expertise in aquatic and invertebrate biology and toxicology as well as on science policy and regulatory issues. Jesse represented the US on several Expert Groups for the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She is currently interested in educational outreach and communication initiatives of scientific principles and data into real-life applications for a variety of audiences.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Marine Ecology, University of Maryland
    BA, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

  • CAS - Environmental Science
  • Beeghly - 108
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Partnerships & Affiliations


  • Spring 2016

    • ENVS-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Environmental Toxicology
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests


    Fish & Invertebrate Ecotoxicology

  • Endocrine Disruption

    Environmental Science Policy (national, international)

  • Environmental and experiential education

    Communication of scientific principles or findings to general public


Grants and Sponsored Research

    Meiller, JC.  2012.  Online course development for Living in the Environment (ENVS 250).  Funded by Center for Teaching, Resource and Learning, American University.


    Meiller, JC and J Dillow.  2003.  Escape from D.C.: Retracing a path of the Underground Railroad.  Educational and residential programs for middle school students from Washington D.C. Funded by the Clarke-Winchcole Foundation.

  • Meiller, JC.  2003.  Environmental Education Outreach program for elementary school students from Southwest Washington D.C. public schools.  Funded by River Park Friends.

    Meiller, JC, J Dillow, K Walser, J Skelton.  2003.  Educational six-week summer program.  Funded by D.C. Children and Youth Investment and Trust Corporation.

  • Meiller, JC, J Dillow.  2003.  Shad and herring raise and release education and restoration program in the Anacostia and Potomac River watersheds in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Anacostia Watershed Society and the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.  Funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

    Meiller, JC and BP Bradley.  1999.  Proteome variability in oysters under metal stress. Thesis research project funded by Maryland Sea Grant (NOAA), 24 month funding.


Professional Presentations

    ·       Meiller, JC.  2014.  “Exposure, Dose, and Response”.  Invited guest lecturer on toxicology for Public Health students in Environmental Health course, American University in Washington, DC.


    ·       Meiller, JC, D Hunter, and B Atzili.  2014.  “Case studies: an approach to teaching”.  Led workshop on teaching with case studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels to teaching professionals at the 25th Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning, American University in Washington, DC.


    ·       Meiller, JC. 2013, 2014.  “Environmental Toxicology: Pesticides & Endocrine Disruption”.  Recurring invited guest lecturer for Masters of Science in Sustainability Management Program, KOGOD School of Business, American University in Washington, DC.


    ·       Meiller, JC. 2012.  “Environmental Health & Toxicology: A Look at Bisphenol A & Mercury”.  Invited guest lecturer for Masters of Science in Sustainability Management Program, KOGOD School of Business, American University in Washington, DC.


    ·       Meiller, JC. 2011.  “Mercury and Human Health”.  Invited guest lecturer for Masters of Science in Sustainability Management Program, KOGOD School of Business, American University in Washington, DC.


    ·       2008. “Workshop on Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment”, Environment Directorate Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Technology (ENV/JM/ MONO(2008)10).  OECD Environment Health and Safety Publications, Series on Testing and Assessment, Paris, No. 88.


    ·       Meiller, JC.  2005.  Scientific Expert and Communications Representative for US EPA at 78th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) 29-31 October 2005 in Washington, DC.


    Meiller, JC.  2006.  “US EPA EDSP Tiered Approach, Assay Validation, Chemical Selection, and Procedures for Implementation”.  3nd U.S.- Japan Bilateral Collaboration Meeting, 15-16 November 2006 in Kushiro, Japan.


    Meiller, JC.  2005.  “Endocrine Disruption in Invertebrates: History, Regulation and Future Research” Session Chair at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) World Congress, 26th Annual Meeting 13-17 November 2005 in Baltimore, MD.

  • Meiller, JC.  2005.  Mysid two-generation testing plans and chemicals.  2nd U.S.- Japan Bilateral Collaboration Meeting, 14-15 June 2005 in Honolulu, HI.

    Meiller, JC.  2005.  Endpoints appropriate for the evaluation of endocrine disruption in aquatic invertebrates.  Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe 15th Annual Meeting, 22-26 May 2005 in Lille, France.


    Meiller, JC, and LW Touart.  2004.  Considerations in designing a screening program relevant to endocrine disruption in invertebrates.  Poster presentation at 4th Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) World Congress, 25st Annual Meeting 14-18 November 2004 in Portland, Oregon.

  • Meiller, JC. 2003. Environmental Education and Scientific Research.  Invited presentation at Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute with Rutgers University, March 3, 2003.

    Meiller, JC and BP Bradley.  2001.  Field validation of specific protein indicators of metal stress in the oyster, Crassostrea virginica.  Poster presentation at European Marine Biology Symposium 17-22 September, 2001 in Menorca, Spain.


    Meiller, JC and BP Bradley.  2001.  Zinc concentration effect at the organismal, cellular and subcellular levels in the Eastern Oyster.  Poster presentation at Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms (PRIMO) 11th International Symposium 10-13 July 2001 in Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom.


Selected Publications

  • Tan S, Meiller J, and Mahaffey K.  2009.  The endocrine effects of mercury on humans and wildlife.  Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 39(3):228-269.

    Mahaffey KR, Tan S, Grim C, Meiller J, and Bergfelt D.2009.  Endocrine Active Environmental Chemicals:  Broadening the Scope. In: Environmental Toxicants: Human Exposures and their Health Effects. Third Edition. M. Lippmann (ed). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: New Jersey; 661-701.


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

·       U.S Environmental Protection Agency Silver Medal for Superior Service, 2009

“For exceptional leadership and scientific contributions towards the development, validation, and regulatory acceptance of the Tier 1 Screening Battery for EPA’s Endocrine Disruptors Screening Program”

·       U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA) (Level III), 2010

·       Ann S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award, 2014

Center for Teaching, Research and Learning, American University

Award recipients: Kiho Kim, Sara Lombardi, Stephen MacAvoy, and Jesse Meiller        

Environmental Science Policy Fellow, 2003-2004, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at US EPA