WELCOME TO AQUA-Science
AQUA-Science, located in Davis, CA, was established in 1985, and provides aquatic toxicity testing, TIE expertise, research and consulting, and designs/builds aquatic testing systems.
AQUATIC TOXICITY TESTING
AQUA-Science is ELAP-certified to conduct toxicity tests using a variety of freshwater, estuarine and marine organisms. During the last 30+ years, we have completed well over 8,000 toxicity tests for numerous clients in California and the US, in support for:
• NPDES Compliance Testing
• Stormwater Monitoring
• Agricultural Discharge
• Groundwater Monitoring
• Industry discharges (e.g., steel mills, oil refineries)
The staff of aquatic toxicologists has over 50 years of combined experience in conducting aquatic bioassays. In addition, AQUA-Science has been instrumental in developing and publishing new test methods and procedures in many areas of aquatic toxicology. AQUA-Science has over 3,000 ft2 of laboratory facilities for conducting bioassays and TIE studies, and is available 7 days a week to respond to client needs.
Toxicity Identification Evaluation (TIE) Experience
AQUA-Science has extensive experience in the conduct of Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III TIE procedures to identify the cause(s) of toxicity in many types of aqueous matrices including municipal effluent, industrial and refinery effluent, landfill leachate, surface waters, and stormwater. AQUA-Science is nationally recognized as having extensive experience in conducting cost effective and state-of-the-art TRE/TIEs, and for development of novel, cutting edge TIE procedures for identification of the chemical causes of toxicity with freshwater, estuarine, and marine test organisms. Examples of these new procedures include Phase I and II TIE methods for organophosphate and pyrethroid insecticides, use of antibody and enzymatic procedures for identification of non-polar organic toxicity, and for development of TIE procedures for algae and phytoplankton. Many of the TIEs have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
AQUATIC TESTING EQUIPMENT
For over 30 years, AQUA-Science has provided temperature-controlled test systems for clients that are required to conduct effluent flow-through toxicity testing. This unit controls flow-rate, water temperature, lighting intensity and photoperiod intensity for both effluent and control water, and a temperature-controlled water bath for reference toxicant tests. The frame is constructed of powder-painted steel square tubing, and a transparent acrylic hood enclosure provides full visibility of the test organisms during the test. The unit is self-contained and movable on industrial casters. Please contact us for specifications.
Jeffrey L. Miller, Ph.D., DABT | AQUA-Science President and Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Miller is the founder of AQUA-Science, an environmental toxicology consulting and testing firm located in Davis, CA. For the past 35 years, Dr. Miller has designed and conducted numerous water-related environmental studies to determine the effects of municipal effluents, surface waters and storm water on a wide variety of freshwater, estuarine and marine organisms. Dr. Miller is a nationally recognized expert on the application of Phase I, II and III TIE procedures to identify aquatic toxicity due to heavy metals, pesticides, ammonia, surfactants and industrial chemicals. Dr. Miller has developed and published many innovative TIE approaches, including chemical toxicity fingerprinting, methods to assess the interactive effects of pesticides, and application of TIE methods to West Coast aquatic species. Dr. Miller is the co-inventor of a patented antibody-mediated chemical-specific process for identification of toxicity due to organophosphate and pyrethroid insecticides in aqueous matrices. Dr. Miller has developed and taught advanced TIE workshops at local and national scientific meetings. He is a charter member of SETAC and serves on the National SETAC TRE/TIE Expert Panel. Dr. Miller was selected as a member of the California State Water Quality Control Board/USEPA WET Training Panel and authored the WET regulatory guidance for USEPA Region 9. He is a Board Certified Toxicologist (DABT) and has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and case studies in the area of environmental toxicology.