The Science Advisory Committee will help ensure that future data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting is sound, rigorous, and meets the necessary standards for acceptance by DEQ.

Committee Members:

AnneAnne Allison – Anne Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University (‘98).  She went on to earn a M.S. (‘02) and Ph.D. (’06) in biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Virginia.  Dr. Allison conducted postdoctoral research both at the University of Virginia and at the University of California Berkeley before working as an assistant professor at Mary Baldwin College.  There she taught cell biology and genetics and ran her own research program for four years.  To reach a broader range of students, she became an associate professor at PVCC.  Dr. Allison gets students excited about biology through hands-on research projects.  In 2015, she and a team of three students placed as winners of the National Science Foundation Community College Innovation Challenge for their work on protist surveys in the Rivanna River watershed.

John-MurphyJohn Murphy – John received a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in 2001, graduating Magna cum laude. He founded StreamWatch in 2002 and served as the Executive Director until 2011. He served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for several years. He is currently the Science Advisor for StreamWatch, providing technical guidance, data and project analyses, and working with staff on all projects.


Brian Richter

Brian Richter –Brian Richter has been a global leader in water science and conservation for more than 25 years.  He is the Chief Scientist for the Global Water Program of The Nature Conservancy, an international conservation organization, where he promotes sustainable water use and management with governments, corporations, and local communities.  He is also the President of Sustainable Waters, a global water education organization.  Brian has consulted on more than 120 water projects worldwide.  He serves as a water advisor to some of the world’s largest corporations, investment banks, and the United Nations, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions.  He also teaches a course on Water Sustainability at the University of Virginia.

ami_riscassiAmi Riscassi – Ami Riscassi received a B.S. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University in 1996. She worked in Yosemite National Park before returning to graduate school the following year at the University of Virginia (UVA) where she received an M.S. in Environmental Engineering (1999). Ami returned to UVA for her PhD in Environmental Sciences (2006-2011) followed by 3-yrs as a post-doctoral research assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2011-2014). In both PhD and post-doc positions, her research focused on the controls of mercury mobilization from the watershed to the stream ecosystem. Once again, Ami returned to UVA in 2014 as Projects Coordinator for the Shenandoah Watershed Study-Virginia Trout Stream Sensitivity Study where she intends to spend her remaining career focused on answering fundamental questions related to watershed hydrology and contaminant transport to facilitate informed decisions on pollution regulation and strategies to keep our water resources healthy.

Todd_ScanlonTodd M. Scanlon – Todd Scanlon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University. His areas of research interest include watershed hydrology, land-atmosphere interaction, and vegetation dynamics. He is currently the director of the Shenandoah Watershed Study and Virginia Trout Stream Sensitivity Study, long-running research and stream monitoring programs in Shenandoah National Park and the surrounding national forests. Todd received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Jeff-smlJeff Sitler
– For the past thirty years, Mr. Sitler has been employed as an environmental scientist at the University of Virginia. He is the President and founder of Jeffrey A. Sitler Environmental Services, Inc. (JAS), a Virginia Corporation he started in 1995 and continues to manage today.  JAS provides independent environmental consultations and services to a wide range of clients including manufacturing industry, banks, petroleum industry, municipal governments, law firms and individuals.  With JAS, Mr. Sitler has provided environmental expertise on projects including numerous investigations of releases from petroleum storage tanks, numerous Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, environmental permitting, water quality sampling, water supply development, SPCC Plan development, and environmental training.