Mark A. Shepherd, Ph.D., QEP

Department Chair Earth and Environmental Sciences

Associate Professor Environmental Science and Technology

Alpacas and lamas in Cuzco, Peru

Mark Shepherd Journal

Conservation Photography on Instagram

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER – Omaha, Nebraska

  • Ph.D., Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Toxicology, May 2015
  • Dissertation: Community, Environmental & Occupational Health Risks Associated with Electrical Power Generation

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY – Waco, Texas

  • MES, Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Minor, Biology
  • Master’s Thesis: The Relationship between Ozone and Nitrogen Oxide Concentration in the Atmosphere over El Paso, Texas

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY – Waco, Texas

  • BA, Political Science, August
  • BA, French, August

 

CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP); Air Pollution Control Specialty (Certificate Number 10060027) – Issued by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (10/17/2006).

Board Eligible Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology

ASSOCIATIONS, HONORS, AND ACTIVITIES

  • Editor, Journal of Marine Science, Research and Technology (2016 – to present)
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

 

PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCE

XBIOTECH USA, INC. – Austin, Texas (March 1, 2016 – Present)

8201 East Riverside Drive, Bldg 4, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78744

Senior Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Responsible for environmental and occupational health & safety (EH&S), permitting and sustainability-related functions for manufacturing and research facilities.

WCM ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS – Austin, Texas (September 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016)

Director, Technical Services

  • Phase I environmental site assessments
  • Air and wastewater permitting

TOPAZ POWER MANAGEMENT, LLC – Austin, Texas

Vice President Environmental Health and Safety (October 2010 – August 31, 2015)

  • Responsible for environmental and occupational health & safety (EH&S), permitting and sustainability-related functions at a 10 gas-fired power plants, 3 coal-fired power plants and one biomass-fired (wood) power plant.

PRAIRIE STATE GENERATING COMPANY, LLC – Marissa, Illinois

Corporate Director of Environmental Health and Safety (February 2009 – September 2010)

  • Responsible for all environmental and occupational health & safety (EH&S) and sustainability-related functions at a 1600 MW mine-mouth power plant; reporting directly to the President/CEO.
  • Directing feasibility studies including CO2 sequestration and a 600 acre, 4 million ton per year coal combustion waste landfill.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN – Lincoln, Nebraska

Assistant Director for Occupational Health and Safety (September 1, 2005 – February 6, 2009)

  • Developing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive occupational health, industrial hygiene, safety and life safety program at a large research university and extension centers throughout the state.
  • Overseeing the university Biosafety Officer and Biosafety program and managing biosafety staff support for BSL 1-3 and select agent use facilities.
  • Providing guidance to and serving as a member on the Chancellor’s University Health and Safety Committee, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and various departmental and divisional safety committees.

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. – Newark, New Jersey; Fort Collins, Colorado

Environmental, Health and Safety Manager (October 15, 2002 – August 22, 2005)

  • Developing environmental health policies, standards and guidance documents for 1,100 acre brewery and research agricultural center ~ 1,000 employees and contractors.
  • Environmental compliance for 4.5 million gallon per day Biological Energy Recovery wastewater plant.

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC. – Richardson, Texas and Juarez, Mexico

Principal Environmental, Health and Safety Coordinator (September 2000 – October 11, 2002)

  • Managed environmental health and safety programs at semiconductor manufacturing plants in Texas and Mexico and a research facility in Minnesota.

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

Shepherd, MA. Shea, P. Labay, A. Rautiainen, R. Achutan, C. (2016) Operational, water quality and temporal factors affecting impingement of fish and shellfish at a Texas coastal power plant.  Global Ecology and Conservation: 5, 48-57. doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2015.11.006

Shepherd, M. A., Haynatzki, G., Rautiainen, R., & Achutan, C. (2015). Estimates of community exposure and health risk to sulfur dioxide from power plant emissions using short-term mobile and stationary ambient air monitoring. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association65(10), 1239-1246. doi:10.1080/10962247.2015.1077174

 

 AUTHORED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH REPORTS

  • Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium Generated during the Arc Welding Stainless Steel – September 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Xylene in the Aerosol Can Crushing Operation – August 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Mold Particles and Spores Resulting from Past Water Incursions in A Nebraska Meat Packing Plant – April 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Ammonia Generated in the Refrigeration Process – April 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Sodium Hypochlorite (as chlorine) Generated in the Equipment Sanitation Process -April 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium Generated during Stainless Steel Arc Welding – April 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Hydrogen Sulfide Generated in the Wastewater Treatment Process – April 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Methyl Ethyl Ketone Generated during the Maintenance, Operation, and Calibration of Video Jet Labeling Equipment – April 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Noise in Production Areas at in a Nebraska Meat Packing Plant – March and April 2008
  • Occupational Exposure to Airborne Arsenic in the Microautomation Process – March 2002
  • Occupational Exposure to Silica (Cristobalite, Quartz, Tridymite) in the Semiconductor Wet Saw Process – June 2002
  • Occupational Exposure to Hydrofluoric, Nitric, Phosphoric and Sulfuric Acid in the Wet Etch Operations – June 2001
  • Occupational Exposure to X-Rays from the Scanning Electron Microscope Station – April 2001
  • Occupational Exposure to Aluminum, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Nickel, Palladium, Platinum and Tin in the Sputtering Process – April 2001
  • Occupational Exposure to Radio Frequency (Non-Ionizing) Radiation in the Sputtering Process – April 2001
  • Occupational Exposure to Xylene; N-Butyl Acetate; 1,2,4-Trichorobenzene; Isopropyl Alcohol and Acetone in the Diaphragm Etch Process – April 2001
  • Occupational Exposure to Aluminum Oxide during the Bead Blasting Process – March 2001
  • Occupational Exposure to Arsenic in the Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition Process – December 2000
  • Occupational Exposure to Lead in Semiconductor Glassing Area – April 2000
  • Occupational Exposure to Nickel in the Nickel Plating Process – March 2000
  • Occupational Exposure to Lead in Semiconductor Glass Make and Reflow Solder Areas – April 2000
  • Occupational Exposure to Lead in Semiconductor E-Glass Area- March 2000, March 1999
  • Occupational Exposure to Xylene, Ethyl Benzene and Total Hydrocarbons in Semiconductor Photolithography Area – March and February 2000
  • Occupational Exposure to Hydrofluoric, Nitric and Sulfuric Acid in Semiconductor E-glass 6th Mask and Wet Chemistry Areas – June 1999
  • Biological Monitoring for Blood lead Concentration in the E-Glass Contact Area – March 1999 (Biological Monitoring Study)