About EPA

Joseph Ferrario, Director of EPA’s Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, 1978, University of New Orleans
  • Master of Science, Biology, 1986, University of New Orleans

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Areas of Specialization; Instrumentation Skills

  • Dioxin Analyses
  • Trace Organic Analysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • High and Low Resolution Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)

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Professional Experience

  • U.S. EPA Environmental Chemistry Laboratory,Stennis Space Center, April 1998 to present Branch Chief since October 2004
  • U.S.EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program.Served as a member of the Toxic Substances and Pesticides Subcommittee. 1990-1996. Authored chapter entitled “Toxic Chemicals and Pesticides in the Gulf of Mexico” In:The Environmental and Economic Status of The Gulf Of Mexico, 1990
  • Center for Bio-Organic Studies, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, January 1985 to February 1988.  Research Associate.
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, September 1986 to 1992.  Adjunct Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences; Research Associate, Chemistry Department.
  • Enviro-Health Systems, New Orleans, LA, May 1984 to September 1984.  Laboratory Supervisor
  • University of New Orleans. New Orleans, LA, November 1979 to April 1984. Research Associate for the Center for Bio-Organic Studies
  • Environmental Affairs Inc., New Orleans, LA, November 1982 to April 1984.  Private Consultant
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, 1980-1982.  Graduate Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences
  • National Space Technology Lab, 1978-1980.  Cooperative Education Student/Research Assistant

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Selected Publications

  • M. Peden-Adams, J. Stuckey, K. Gaworecki, J. Berger-Ritchie, K. Bryant, P. Jodice, T. Scott, J. Ferrario, B. Guan, C. Vigo, J. S. Boone, W. D. McGuinn, J.. DeWitt, D. Keil, Developmental Toxicity in White Leghorn Chickens Following in ovo Exposure to Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), Reproductive Toxicology 27 (3-4):  307-318, 2009
  •  Marta Venier, Joseph Ferrario and Ronald A. Hites, Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins and Dibenzofurans in the Atmosphere Around the Great Lakes, Environ. Sci. Technol. 43(4):1036–1041,2009
  • M. Venier, J. Ferrario and R. A. Hites, Atmospheric Dioxin Concentrations From Around the Great Lakes: Preliminary Results From the Great Lakes Atmospheric Deposition Program, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 69, 323-326, 2007
  •  M. Lorber, J. Ferrario, C. Byrne, D. Winters, A Survey of Dioxin-Like Compounds in Dairy Feeds in the United States, J. Agric. Food Chem. 55(2): 386-95, 2007
  • J. Ferrario, C. Byrne, J. Schaum, Concentrations of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins in Processed Ball Clay from the United States, Chemosphere 67, 1816-1821, 2007
  • Joseph B. Ferrario, Christian J. Byrne, Valerie Bataille, Trevor White, Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins, -furans, and Co-planar PCBs in Livers of Moose (Alces alces) Consumed by New England Native Americans, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 67, 2005
  • Christian Byrne, Joseph Ferrario, Nondetects and Their Use in the Determination of Toxic Equivalences for Livers of the Moose (alces alces) from the Indian Township Zone, Maine, USA, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 67, 2005
  • Schuda, L., Schaum, J., Lorber, M., Ferrario, J., Sears, R., Evaluation of Dioxin in U.S. Cow’s Milk, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 66, 1952-1957, 2004
  • Byrne, C., Ferrario, J., The Development of a Quality Assurance Project Plan for the USEPA Expos Initiative Program, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 66, 1639-1644, 2004
  • Lorber, M., Ferrario, J., Byrne, C., Green, C. Cyrus, A., A Study to Evaluate the Levels of Dioxin-like Compounds in Dairy Feeds in the UN, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 66, 532-536, 2004
  • Cleverly, D., Winters, D., Ferrario, J., et al, Atmospheric Measurements of CDDS, CDFS and Coplanar PCBs in Rural and Remote of the United States in the Year 2001 from the National Dioxin Air Monitoring Network (NDAMN), Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 66, 2193-2198, 2004
  • Ferrario J. B., Byrne, C., Schaum, J., An Assessment of Dioxin Levels in Processed Ball Clay from the United States, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 66:1610-1615, 2004
  • C. Byrne, J. Ferrario, Bioaccumulation Factors and Intake of the 2, 3, 7, 8 -Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins in the Domestic Chicken (Gallus domesticus), Organohalogen Compounds, 64: 411-414. 2003
  • Cleverly, D. H., Ferrario, J., et al, Urban Air Transect Study to Investigate Urban Areas as Sources of PCDD/Fs to the Environment, Organohalogen Compounds , Vol. 61, 2003
  • J. Schaum, L Schuda, C. Wu, D. Winters, R. Sears, J. Ferrario, K Andrews, A National Survey of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) Pollutants in the United States Milk Supply,  Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology (2003)
  • Gibbs, Jennifer, Ferrario, J., et al, Ambient Air Sampling for Dioxins, Furans, and Coplanar PCBs in an urban Industrialized Corridor in Calcasieu Louisiana, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 61, 2003
  • Ferrario, J., et al, Chlorinated Dioxins and Furans from Kelp and Copper Sulfate:  Initial Investigations of Dioxin Formation in Mineral Feed Supplements, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 63, 2003
  • Ferrario, J. B., Byrne, C., Dibenzo-p-Dioxins in the Environment from Ceramics and Pottery Produced from Ball Clay Mined in the United States, Chemosphere, 46/9-10, 1297-1301, April 2002.
  • Cleverly, D. H., Ferrario, J., et al, The National Dioxin Monitoring Network.  Measurements of CDDs, CDFs, and Coplanar PCBs at 18 Rural, 8 National Parks, and 2 Suburban Areas of the U.S.:  Results from the Year 2000, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 56, 2002
  • Ferrario, J., et al, Analyses of Animal- and Plant-Derived Feed Ingredients for Dioxin-like Compounds, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 57, 2002
  • Lorber, M., Ferrario, J., et al, Evidence of Feed Contamination Due to Sample Handling and Preparation During a Mass Balance Study of Dioxins in Lactating Cows in Background Conditions, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 57, 2002
  • Byrne, C., Ferrario, J., et al, Average Method Blank Quantities of Dioxin-like Congeners and Their Relationship to the Detection Limit of the NDAMN, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 59, 2002
  • Riggs, K., Ferrario, J., et al, Quality Assurance Considerations for an Ambient Dioxin Monitoring Network, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 59, 2002
  • Jacobs, M., Ferrario, J.B. et al, Investigations of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins/Furans and Selected Coplanar Biphenlys in Scottish Farmed Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar). Chemosphere, Vol. 47, 183-191, 2002
  • Ferrario, J. B., et al, U.S. EPA’s National Dioxin Air Monitoring Network: Analytical Issues, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 50, 2001
  • Cleverly D., and Ferrario J. B. et al, The National Dioxin Air Monitoring Network (NDAM): Measurements of CDD/Fs and Coplanar PCBs at 15 Rural and 6 National Park Areas of the U. S. June 1998 - December 1999, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 51, 2001
  • Ferrario, J. B., Byrne, C., The Concentration and Distribution of the 2,3,7,8,- Dibenzo-p-Dioxins/Furans in Chickens, Chemosphere, Vol. 40, 2000
  • Ferrario, J. B. Byrne C., Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins in the Environmental from Ceramics and Pottery Produced from Ball Clay, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 46, 268-271, 2000
  • Ferrario,J. B., Byrne C., Summary of Evidence for the Possible Natural Formation of Dioxin in Mined Clay Products, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 46, 23-36, 2000
  • Jacobs, M., Ferrario, J. B., Byrne, C., Investigations of PCDDs, PCDFs, and Selected Co-planar PCBs in Scottish Farmed Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar), Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 47, 338-341, 2000
  • Winter, D., Ferrario, J. B., et al, A Study of the Mass Balance of Dioxins and Furans in Lactating Cows in Background Conditions. Part 1: Study Design and Analysis of Feed, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 46, 534-537, 2000
  • Lorber, M., Ferrario, J.B., et al, A Study of the Mass Balance of Dioxins and Furans in Lactating Cows in Background Conditions. Part 2:  Mass Balance and Biomagnification Factors, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 46, 326-329, 2000
  • Cleverly, D.,  Ferrario, J. B., et al, The National Dioxin Air Monitoring Network (NDAMN), First Year of Atmospheric Measurements of CDDs, CDFs, and Dioxin-like PCBs in Rural and Agricultural Areas of the United States, June 1998-June 1999, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 45, 23-26, 2000
  • Fries, G., Ferrario J., et al, The Formation of Hepta- and Octa-Dioxins in Feces of Cows Fed Petachlorophenol Treated Wood, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 45,1-4, 2000
  • Ferrario, J. B., Byrne C., Cleverly, D., 2,3,7,8-Dibenzo-p-Dioxins in Mined Clay Products from the United States:  Evidence for Possible Natural Origin, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 34, #21, 4524-4532, 2000.
  • Ferrario, J. B., McDaniel, D., Byrne, C. The Isomer Distribution and Congener Profile of Poly- chlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins (PCDDs) in Ball Clay from the Mississippi Embayment (Sledge, MS), Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 40, 95-99, 1999
  • Holcomb, J., Ferrario, J. B., Byrne, C., Analyses of Mined Clay Products for the PCDDs/PCDFs: A Comparison of High- Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRGC/HRMS) and Quadrupole Ion Storage Mass Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (QISMS/MS), Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 40, 1999
  • Cleverly, D.  Ferrario, J. B. et al. A Study of the Diurnal and Nocturnal Measurement of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins (CDDs) and Polychlorinated Furans (CDFs) in Ambient Air, Organohalogen Compounds, 1999
  • Ferrario, J. B., et al, Analytical Method and Results from the Analyses of USEPA Historical Samples Food Samples for Dibenzo-p-Dioxins/Furans/Coplanar PCBs, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 35, 29-32, 1998
  • Winters, D. Ferrario, J. B., Trends in Dioxin and PCB Concentrations in Meat Samples from Several Decades of the 20th Century, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 38, 75-78, 1998
  • Lorber, M., Ferrario, J., A National Survey of Dioxin-Like Compounds in the United States Milk Supply, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 38, 125-129, 1998
  • Lorber, M., Ferrario, J., et al, A Statistical survey of Dioxin-like Compounds in the United States Pork Fat, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 32, 238-244, 1997
  • Ferrario, J. B., et al, A Statistical Survey of Dioxin-like compounds in United States Poultry, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 34, 251, 1997
  • Lorber, M., Feil, V., Winters, D., Ferrario J., Distribution of Dioxins, Furans, and Coplanar PCBs in Different fat Matrices in Cattle, Organohalogen compounds, Vol. 34,327-334, 1997
  • Ferrario, J. B., Byrne, C., Dupuy, Jr. A.E., Background Contamination by Coplanar Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in         Trace Level High Resolution Gas Chromatography/ High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS/HRGC) Analytical Procedures, Chemosphere, Vol. 34-11, 2451-2465, 1997
  • Winters, D., Ferrario, J.B., et al, Coplanar Polychlorinated Biphenyls in a National Sample of Beef in the United States: Preliminary Results, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 28, 350-352, 1996
  • Ferrario, J. B., Byrne C., Dupuy, Jr. A. E., Coplanar Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Background Contamination In Trace Level Analytical Procedures, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 28, 123-127, 1996
  • Ferrario, J. B., et al,  Determination of the 2,3,7,8-Chlorine -Substituted Dibenzo-p-Dioxins/Furans at the Parts per Trillion Level in the United States Beef Fat Using High-Resolution Gas Chromatography/High Resolution Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 68-4, 647-652, 1996
  • Winters, D., Ferrario, J., et al, A Statistical Survey of Dioxin-like Compounds in United States Beef:  A Progress Report, Chemosphere, Vol. 32, 469-478, 1996
  • Ferrario, J. B., et al,  Problems Associated with the Determination of 2,3,7,8, Chlorine- substituted Dioxins and Furans at the Parts per Trillion level in United States Beef Fat, Organohalogen Compounds, Vol. 23,1995
  • Ferrario, J. B., DeLeon, I. R., and Peuler, E. A., Bioaccumulation of Chemical Markers as a Means for the Field Detection and Verification of Organophosphorous Warfare Agents, Environmental Science and Technology,  Vol. 28, 1893-1897, 1994           
  • Ferrario, J. B., Toxic Chemicals and Pesticides in the Gulf of Mexico, The Environmental and Economic Status of The Gulf Of Mexico, pp. 29-38, 1990
  • DeLeon, I. R., Ferrario, J. B., Byrne ,C. J., Bioaccumulation of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons by the Clam,  Rangia Cuneata, in the Vicinity of a Creosote Spill, Bulletin of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, Vol. 41, 872-879, 1988
  • Ferrario, J. B., et al, Volatile Organic Pollutants in Biota and Sediments of Lake Pontchartrain, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination  and Toxicology, Vol. 34, 246-255, 1985
  • Ferrario, J. B., et al., Evidence for Toxic Anthropogenic Chemicals in Human Thrombogenic Coronary Plaques, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Vol. 14, 529-534, 1985

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