J. Kevin Summers

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Kevin Summers is a Senior Research Ecologist at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf Ecosystem Measurement and Modeling Division. At present, he is working with colleagues in the Sustainable and Healthy Communities Program to develop an index of community resilience to natural hazards, an index of human well-being that can be related to changes in ecosystem, social and economic services, and a community sustainability tool for communities with populations less than 40,000. He leads research efforts for indicator and indices development. Dr. Summers is a systems ecologist and began his career at the EPA in 1989 and has worked in various programs and capacities. This includes leading the National Coastal Assessment in collaboration with the Office of Water culminating in the award-winning National Coastal Condition Report series (four volumes between 2001 and 2012), which integrates water quality, sediment quality, habitat and biological data to assess the ecosystem condition of the estuaries of the United States. He was the acting National Program Director for Ecology for the EPA between 2004 and 2006. He has authored approximately 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports and has received many awards for technical accomplishments from the EPA and outside the agency. Dr. Summers holds a BA in Zoology and Psychology, an MA in Ecology and PhD in Systems Ecology/Biology.

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Water Quality – Science, Assessments and Policy examines many of the scientific issues; national, regional and local assessment practices and results; and national policy issues related to water quality. Chapters focus on three areas: water quality parameters, water quality treatments, and water quality assessments. This book provides a basic understanding of water quality issues and practical examples of their solution.

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