Dr. Yoko Masue-Slowey has over 17 years of academic and professional experience analyzing, predicting, interpreting, and synthesizing complex data sets aimed at understanding the distribution, fate, and transport of natural and synthetic chemical compounds in complex natural and engineered systems. She has supported environmental investigations and risk management in a wide variety of industrial settings, including agricultural land; steel mills; coal mines, zinc, and lead mines; coal ash impoundments; coal-fired power plants; landfills; natural gas production facilities; manufactured gas plants; and refineries. She has experience in variety of cases including Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), international arbitration, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) cost allocation, insurance coverage, and registration of agricultural chemicals.
Dr. Masue-Slowey applies wide-ranging knowledge of environmental chemistry, chemical source identification, environmental partitioning and forensics, soil science and mineralogy of soil and sediment, and industrial archeology to assess risks and uncertainties associated with complex environmental issues.
Dr. Masue-Slowey’s approach in managing environmental risks and uncertainties involves close communications with stakeholders and holistic analysis of relevant site-specific conditions to determine the risk factors driving the fate and transport of chemical constituents.
Prior to her professional career in environmental consulting, Dr. Masue-Slowey was a researcher and instructor at Stanford University. She designed experiments to investigate factors impacting the fate and transport of arsenic in soils and the sequestration of arsenic in wastewater treatment sludge. As a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellow, she investigated the climate implications of organic carbon stability in Hawaiian soils.
Dr. Masue-Slowey is fluent in English and Japanese.