Gary A. Buchanan, Ph.D.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Dr. Buchanan is the Director for the Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), where he directs multidisciplinary environmental research and science-based technical support, and is responsible for the coordination and administration of the NJDEP Science Advisory Board.  He recently oversaw the completion of ten ecological research projects as part of the Comprehensive Action Plan for Barnegat Bay.  He 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.