Welcome to Nautilus Environmental, an environmental consulting firm focused on providing high quality environmental toxicology services and properly interpreted scientific data within a framework of integrity. Our team of environmental scientists offers expertise in the fields of environmental toxicology, chemistry, biology, and ecology. Nautilus has developed a renowned program that applies innovative methodologies to address a variety of toxicological issues. At the core of the business are our accredited environmental toxicology laboratories, each offering a full range of toxicity testing services. Please explore our site or contact us to learn more about how we can assist you. Nautilus Environmental is a certified woman-owned small business.
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- Consulting firm
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- Internationally (various countries)
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Nautilus actively participates in a variety of efforts aimed at exchanging information with regulators, municipal, federal, and industrial clients, academic and consulting colleagues, and students in our field. These efforts facilitate the professional development of our staff and allow us to stay at the forefront of our field offering our clients the latest technical, regulatory, and political developments. A few recent examples of these activities include:
- Toxicity testing/TIE seminars - by invitation of the Regional Water Quality Control Board - San Diego (2002) and Palm Desert (2003) Regions
- California Water Environmental Association courses for professional educational credits - 2003 (General Toxicity testing/ TIE), 2005 (TIE/Ion Imbalance)
- Co-instructor with Steve Bay (SCCWRP) - Toxicity Testing Training Course for Educators - SCAS (2003)
- Annual guest lecture at San Diego State University for graduate 'Topics in Toxicology' course. Annually since (1998)
- Graduate Topics in Toxicology laboratory class offered annually on-site at Nautilus
- TIE presentation for San Diego Municipal stormwater co-permittees and interested parties (2003)
- Industrial Environmental Association. Invited to represent IEA on San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board Bacterial TMDL Committee (2004)
- Industrial Environmental Association. Contracted to advise IEA on technical issues during their participation on State Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Committee (2002)
- In addition to these examples, Nautilus personnel also regularly present scientific findings of interest and address various regulatory issues at professional conferences at both a local and national level. At the 3000-person national conference of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in 2004, Nautilus presented 7 platform and poster presentations.
Nautilus follows a comprehensive Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) program encompassing all testing and routine laboratory procedures. The laboratories are designed to provide controlled studies on marine, freshwater, and terrestrial organisms using standards based on “Good Laboratory Practices”. QA is defined as a definite plan for laboratory operations, which specifies standard procedures that ensure production of legally defensible data. The basic requirements of a QA program are to recognize possible errors, understand the measurement system used, and develop techniques and plans to minimize errors. Our QA program is designed: 1) to ensure that all tests are performed in accordance with applicable guidelines and regulations; and 2) to increase test performance and precision. The program is broken down into several systems, which are monitored by the QA Officer. These systems include: 1) Management of Change (MOC); 2) Corrective Action Records (CAR); 3) Equipment and Facility Maintenance; 4) Data Generation and Handling (Review, Analysis, Reporting, and Storage); 5) Technical Staff Training; 6) Laboratory Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Development; and 7) Reference Manual Development.
QC is a system established to control possible errors. It helps to provide quality work that is satisfactory, dependable, and economical. It consists of the use of a series of procedures that must be followed. QC problems leading to poor condition of test animals, inadequate test procedures, or other symptoms may necessitate repeat testing, or lead to incorrect over- or under-estimations of toxicity, or improperly identified causative toxicants. QC practices address all activities that affect the final quality of the toxicity test data including: sample/material handling, water quality and test conditions, source and condition of test organisms, condition of equipment, instrument calibration and maintenance, measurement of test precision, record keeping, problem identification and corrective actions, data evaluation, and personnel training. All data generated by the laboratory is monitored for completeness and accuracy at the end of each day and at the end of each individual test period. The detail of record keeping and the general and statistical evaluation of test data are closely monitored to ensure generation of the highest quality data.
The California laboratory holds accreditation in the States of California (Department of Health Services, Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program), and Washington (Department of Ecology). The Washington laboratory is accredited in the State of Washington. Current accreditation certificates are maintained onsite at each laboratory, and copies are available to clients upon request.
Our laboratory in British Columbia is accredited by the Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories to ISO 17025 standards. In addition, our laboratory is accredited by CAEAL to conduct a number of acute and chronic tests. Copies of our CAEAL certificate and accredited tests are available upon request.