Beth Polidoro

ASU Professor Beth PolidoroBeth Polidoro

Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
School of Life Sciences

Senior Sustainability Scientist
Sustainability Scientists and Scholars

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My primary research interests are in risk assessment and applied toxicology within the context of marine and freshwater biodiversity conservation, human health and sustainable development. I am an assistant professor of Aquatic Conservation and Environmental Chemistry at ASU’s West campus and also serve as the Deputy Director of ASU’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. I am also Co-Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Marine Fishes Specialist Group.

I have a broad background in the marine, chemical and environmental sciences. Before coming to ASU in 2012, I was a senior research associate with IUCN, where I worked with scientists around the globe to quantify the impacts of anthropogenic threats on more than 20,000 marine species for inclusion on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Currently, my research supports various marine and freshwater conservation initiatives and risk assessments in the United States, Latin America, Africa and Oceania. My current research projects involve the development of ecological risk assessments for microplastics in aquatic environments, pollution vulnerability indices for marine biodiversity and new methodologies to assess marine biodiversity extinction risk across the globe. I also have a long-term monitoring project for pollutants in aquatic resources and recreationally-caught fishes in metro-Phoenix.

Research interests
Marine and freshwater toxicology
Ecological and public health risk assessment
Marine conservation biology
Endangered species recovery
Decision science