Gary A. Buchanan, Ph.D.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Dr. Buchanan is the Director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health where he oversees multidisciplinary research and science-based technical support for the Department’s programs.  He is also responsible for the coordination and administration of the NJDEP Science Advisory Board, which provides the NJDEP Commissioner with independent peer review and advice on scientific and technical issues.  He has conducted numerous field, laboratory and research projects involving aquatic and marine ecology, natural resources, water quality, ecotoxicology, risk assessment, and hazardous waste site investigations.  He has managed technical groups that have conducted environmental, ecological and ecotoxicological investigations at sites across the United States.  He recently was co-editor of the Journal of Coastal Research’s Special Issue #78 detailing the comprehensive assessment of Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor, NJ.  He has degrees in biology and environmental science and worked for NJDEP for the past two decades.  Prior to that, he worked for Princeton Aqua Science, IT Corporation and Roy F. Weston, Inc.  Gary and his family live in Hunterdon County, NJ, and he enjoys all things aquatic including boating, swimming and fishing, as well as golf and spending time in the outdoors.

Gary has B.S. and M.A. degrees in biology and a Ph.D. in environmental science with a focus on aquatic ecology, marine/estuarine ecology, and ecotoxicology.  With more than 30 years of experience, he has conducted a variety of field, laboratory and research projects involving water quality, natural resources, ecology, ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment, and Superfund/hazardous waste site investigations.  He has managed technical groups which have conducted numerous ecological and environmental investigations at sites across the United States.  He has been a member of SETAC since 1988 and a Board member of the HDC-SETAC since 2014.

Statement on Suitability for the Board:  I believe my diverse experience with environmental toxicology and chemistry, as well as extensive experience in the Chapter’s geographic area and its numerous environmental issues make me an ideal candidate to continue serving on the Board.  I will bring that knowledge and my management experience to support the HDC Board in continuing its successful efforts in promoting research, scientific interactions, spreading the latest science information and assisting with the Chapter’s meetings and forums to the benefit of its members and the public.  The past three years as a HDC Board member have been rewarding and I look forward to serving the Chapter members.