Cherry Point Forum Speaker Bios

John Incardona
Dr. John Incardona is a Research Toxicologist with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle and leads the Ecotoxicology Program’s Conservation Medicine Group. John has a BS with Honors in Biology from Indiana University (1987), and a PhD in Genetics (1995) and MD degree (1996) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He did a fellowship in Birth Defects at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, and post-doctoral research in developmental biology in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington, working on natural compounds that affect vertebrate development. Scuba diving in Washington’s Puget Sound rekindled his love for fish, and led him to apply his biomedical training to marine conservation biology in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the NWFSC in 2002 to study the effects of pollution on fish health, with an emphasis on fish early life history stages. His group’s studies have ranged from the effects of stormwater runoff and non-point source pollution in streams and nearshore areas of Puget Sound to oil spill impacts on fish in San Francisco Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.



Julie Masura
Julie is a Senior Lecturer of Science and Mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. At Urban Waters, she oversees a research program centered on marine microplastics while conducting additional paleooceanographic studies along the Pacific coast. Initially studying harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound and estuarine processes in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds on the west coast of Vancouver Island, her field work expanded to assessing concentrations of microplastics in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Julie involves several students in her research work as well as partners with many environmental education groups throughout the region.

Julie will be presenting on Microplastics in the Puget Sound


Helen Berry
Helen Berry is a marine ecologist at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Her current research focuses on status and trends in kelp, seagrass and other macrovegetation in greater Puget Sound. She works for DNR’s Nearshore Habitat Program, which provides information on the condition of nearshore vegetated habitats to the PS Partnership, the Governor’s Results WA initiative, and other organizations.



Eleanor Hines
Eleanor Hines is the lead scientist at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and is staff support for the Fidalgo Bay and Cherry Point Aquatic Reserves Citizen Stewardship Committees. Her background is in environmental toxicology and regional risk assessment modeling from Huxley College. She continuous to lead citizen science projects with the Aquatic Reserve committees as well as the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee and the Surfrider Foundation.

Eleanor will be presenting on regional and local findings from government and volunteer monitoring work on floating kelp.


Ian Miller
A skilled science communicator and media spokesperson as well as a trained scientist, Dr. Ian Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles and the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks. Ian works with coastal communities and public agencies on the Olympic Peninsula to strengthen their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunamis, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and other hazards associated with climate change.

Ian will be presenting on Sea Level Rise in Washington State