Rebecca Countway is one of the pillars of the risk assessment team, having been with McDaniel Lambert since 2004 as an environmental scientist. Altogether she boasts a seventeen-year career as environmental chemist and risk assessor, with over twelve years of experience assisting governments, businesses and communities in identifying, evaluating, and reducing environmental and public health risks. At McDaniel Lambert, Becky has participated in all aspects of the risk assessment process, including multi-media sampling designs, evaluating the nature and extent of contamination, modeling chemical fate and transport processes, assessing the potential impacts to human and ecological receptors, and communicating the findings to stakeholders.
Becky has managed and supported dozens of human health and ecological assessment projects involving petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, PAHs, PCBs, pesticides, and metals. As the resident environmental detective, she investigates the sources and ages of hydrocarbons in the environment using forensic geochemistry techniques.Beckywas fortunate to travel to more than a dozen National Parks to interview rangers, small business owners, and park visitors to assess the environmental and economic impacts of regulations restricting snowmobile and personal watercraft access.
Becky earned her MS in Marine Science from The College of William and Mary's School of Marine Science (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Chemistry from Kenyon College (Ohio).
Becky has authored published papers on the fate contaminants in the environment. While "cruising" the mid-Atlantic as an oceanographic research technician and chief scientist, she filtered thousands of gallons of sea water - frequently while battling 10-foot seas. She was the captain of 4-time collegiate national championship swimming team, and her English professor was stunned to learn she was a science major.