J. Burger


  • Editorial Board

    Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

  • Dr. Joanna Burger is Distinguished Professor of Biology, a Professor in the School of Public Health, and a member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Rutgers University.  Her main research interests are in the interactions between the biotic world and humans, including behavior and ecology of birds, ecological risk,  risk from contaminants in fish and shellfish to humans and other biota, understanding fishing, fish consumption, risk assessment and risk management of mercury and other contaminants in fish, using fish, birds and other organisms as indicators of human and ecological health and well-being, food chain accumulation, and ways to mitigate the effects of people on species and ecosystems.  She has studied populations, habitat use and contaminants in birds of Barnegat Bay, Nj for over 40 years. She has conducted research on fishing, fishing consumption and risk in New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Puerto Rico.  She led a biological expedition to the Aleutians of Alaska to determine if the food chain (invertebrates, shellfish, fish, birds) was safe, both to the organisms themselves, to the food chain, and to humans.  Her work is collaborative with local people, Native Americans, local governments, and EPA.  She is particularly interested in environmental justice, and presented several talks at EPA meetings and Fish Forums, including one on environmental justice.  She has also been involved with assessing heavy metals and radionuclides for several Department of Energy Sites, including developing biomonitoring plans to protect human health and the environment.  Much of her work is in collaboration with Dr. Michael Gochfeld.  She has published several books and over 500 papers in refereed journals, many on fishing, fish consumption, risk, and risk management.  She has served on several local and national committees, including for the National Academy of Sciences, EPA, NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  She received the Brewster Medal for ornithology.  She has a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Risk Analysis, and is a Fellow in the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Ornithology Union.

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