Advanced Material Risk Assessment

ERDC’s innovative approaches in ecological risk assessment support risk-informed management decisions that are timely, realistic, and economical while maintaining protective practices for human health and the environment.

Risk assessment connects the dots between basic research knowledge, publications and real world decisions. Lines-of-Evidence (LOE) are integrated within the context of a Weight-of-Evidence (WOE) approach to evaluate the potential for adverse impacts to environmental receptors and resources.

Problem Formulation
  • Stressor/Receptor ID
  • Fate and Transport/Exposure
  • Conceptual Site Model (CSM)/Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)
  • Stakeholder identification: NAVPAL
  • Business considerations: NanoInsure
Data Collection & Analysis
Hazard Characterization & Management
  • Hazard characterization hazard for specific advanced materials and nano-enabled technology
  • Refine estimates using supplemental information
  • Risk management and remedial decision making
  • Risk communication


  • Screening, Refined Screening and Baseline Ecological Risk Assessments (SLERAs, RSLERAs and BERAs)
  • Site-Specific Field Work Plans (WPs), Sampling and Analysis Plans (SAPS), and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) incorporating innovative or site-specific parameters
  • Lines-of-Evidence (LOEs)/Weight-of-Evidence (WOE) Evaluations
  • Risk management
  • Risk communication


  • M.S. Soil and Water Science, University of Florida; Gainesville, FL
  • B.S. Biology, William Carey College; Hattiesburg, MS
  • B.S. Chemistry, William Carey College; Hattiesburg, MS

Research Interests

  • Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Dredged Sediment Characterization
  • Implementation of Engineering With Nature (EWN) Principles and Nature-based Solutions (NbS)

Michelle Bourne

Research Physical Scientist


  • Ph.D. Physical Organic Photochemistry of Azoxysubstituted Aromatics, University of Guelph; Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • B.Sc. Honors Chemistry, McMaster University; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Research Interests

  • Human and Ecological Risk Assessment
  • RAD and Nanomaterial Site Investigations
  • Dredged Material Evaluation
  • Risk Management
  • Risk Communication

Cheryl R. Montgomery, PhD

Research Biologist