Sediment Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study/Pre-Design Investigation
Environmental Forensics – Sediment and Upland Contaminant Fingerprinting, Delineation, and Apportionment
Cost Allocation and Litigation Support for Remedial Action and Natural Resources Damages
PhD, Biology, Dartmouth College
MS, Biology, University of Mississippi
BS, Natural Resources, Cornell University
Dr. Chiavelli is an environmental scientist with eighteen years of consulting experience in contaminated site investigation and remediation, predominantly at sediment sites. In addition to management and investigation of contaminated sites, Dr. Chiavelli is an expert in environmental forensics. She has led forensic source evaluations of chemical contamination at sites throughout the United States and Canada, including expert litigation support. Her forensics projects include sediment, soil, and groundwater contaminant source evaluations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), petroleum hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins/furans, pesticides, and metals. She has taught environmental forensics courses for the Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) and the Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional (LSP) programs, with qualifying continuing education credit for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Her approach to environmental forensic investigation focuses on robust, site-specific, and quantitative chemical fingerprinting tools for source identification, delineation, and apportionment. Dr. Chiavelli applies the same rigorous approach necessary for environmental forensic investigation to all aspects of contaminated site investigation and remediation.
Quadrini, J.D., W. Ku, J.P. Connolly, D.A. Chiavelli, and P.H. Israelsson, 2015. “Fingerprinting 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin Contamination Within the Lower Passaic River.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 34(7):1485–1498.
Byard, J.L., S.C. Paulsen, R.S. Tjeerdema, and D. Chiavelli, 2014. “DDT, Chlordane, Toxaphene and PCB Residues in Newport Bay and Watershed: Assessment of Hazard to Wildlife and Human Health.” Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 235:49–168.
CIESM 2004. “Executive Summary.” In Novel Chemical Contaminants and Pathogens in Coastal Waters. Editor, N.S. Fisher; Chiavelli one of 13 authors. CIESM Workshop Monograph No. 26, 2004.
Chiavelli, D.A., K.L. Cottingham, and R.K. Taylor, 2004. “Linking the Ecology, Epidemiology and Pathogenicity of Vibrio cholerae: A Molecular Genetic Approach.” Novel Chemical Contaminants and Pathogens in Coastal Waters. Editor, N.S. Fisher. CIESM Workshop Monograph No. 26.
Cottingham, K.L., D.A. Chiavelli, and R.K. Taylor, 2003. “Environmental Microbe and Human Pathogen: The Ecology and Microbiology of Vibrio cholerae.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 1(2):80–86.
Threlkeld, S.T., D.A. Chiavelli, and R.L. Willey, 1993. “The Organization of Zooplankton Epibiont Communities.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 8(9): 317-321.
Chiavelli, D.A., E.L. Mills, and S.T. Threlkeld. 1993. “Host preference, seasonality, and community interactions of zooplankton epibionts.” Limnology and Oceanography 38(3): 574-583.