THEO COLBORN, Ph.D. PRESIDENT
Dr. Colborn has served on numerous advisory panels, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the Ecosystem Health Committee of the International Joint Commission of the United States and Canada, the Science Management Committee of the Toxic Substances Research Initiative of Canada, the U.S. EPA Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee, and the EPA Endocrine Disruption Methods and Validation Subcommittee. She has published and lectured extensively on the transgenerational effects of toxic chemicals on the developing endocrine, immune, metabolic, and nervous systems in the womb and early childhood.
In 1985, Dr. Colborn received a Fellowship from the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress. She joined the Conservation Foundation in 1987 to provide scientific guidance for the 1990 book, Great Lakes, Great Legacy. She held a Chair for three years, starting in 1990, with the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and in 1993 was given a three-year Pew Fellows Award. She was the recipient of the 1997 Chatham College Rachel Carson Award, the 1999 Norwegian International Rachel Carson Prize, the 2000 International Blue Planet Prize, the 2003 Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry, Rachel Carson Award, the 2004 Center for Science in the Public Interest, Rachel Carson Award, and the Beyond Pesticides, 2006 Dragonfly Award.
More recent awards include The Swedish Goteborg Prize for the Environment and Sustainability, November 2008; the TIME Global Environmental Heroes Award, October 2007; the National Council on Science and the environment, Lifetime Achievement Award, February 2007; and the University of California San Francisco Medical School/Collaborative for Health and the Environment 2007 Summit Award: A Woman on the Forefront: Leadership and Integrity in Science, January 2007.
Dr. Colborn earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Zoology (distributed minors in epidemiology, toxicology, and water chemistry); an M.A. in Science at Western State College of Colorado (fresh-water ecology); and a B.S. in Pharmacy from Rutgers University, College of Pharmacy.
Colborn T, Schultz K, Herrick L, and Kwiatkowski C. 2012 (in press). An exploratory study of air quality near natural gas operations. Hum Ecol Risk Assess. Article
Vandenberg LN, Colborn T, Hayes TB, Heindel JJ, Jacobs DR Jr, Lee DH, Shioda T, Soto AM, Vom Saal FS, Welshons WV, Zoeller RT, Myers JP. 2012. Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Non-monotonic Dose Responses. Endocrine Reviews 33(3):378-455. Article
Colborn T, Kwiatkowski C, Schultz K, Bachran M. 2011. Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective. Human & Ecological Risk Assessment 17(5):1039-1056. Article
Myers JP, vom Saal FS, Akingbemi BT, Arizono K, Belcher S, Colborn T, Chahoud I, Crain DA , Farabollini F, Guillette LJ Jr, Hassold T, Ho SM, Hunt PA, Iguchi T, Jobling S, Kanno J, Laufer H, Marcus M, McLachlan JA, Nadal A, Oehlmann J, Olea N, Palanza P, Parmigiani S, Rubin BS, Schoenfelder G, Sonnenschein C, Soto AM, Talsness CE, Taylor JA, Vandenberg LN, Vandenbergh JG, Vogel S, Watson CS, Welshons WV, Zoeller RT. 2009. Re: Good laboratory practices and safety assessments. [Response to Becker et al Environmental Health Perspectives 117(11):A482-483. Environmental Health Perspectives 117(11):A483-484. Article
Myers JP, vom Saal FS, Akingbemi BT, Arizono K, Belcher S, Colborn T, Chahoud I, Crain DA , Farabollini F, Guilleffe LJ, Hassold T, Ho SM, Hunt PA, Iguchi T, Jobling S, Kanno J, Laufer H, Marcus M, Mclachlan JA, Nadal A, Oehlmann J, Olea N, Palanza P, Parmigiani S, Rubin BS, Schoenfelder G, Sonnenschein C, Soto AM, Taisness CE, Taylor JA, Vandenberg LN, Vandenbergh JG, Vogel S, Watson CS, Welshons WV, Zoeller RT. 2009. Why public health agencies cannot depend upon ‘Good Laboratory Practices’ as a criterion for selecting data: The case of bisphenol-A. Environmental Health Perspectives 117(3):309-315. Article
Colborn T, Carroll LE. 2007. Pesticides, sexual development, reproduction, and fertility: Current perspective and future direction. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. Article
Colborn T. 2006. A case for revisiting the safety of pesticides: A closer look at neurodevelopment. Environmental Health Perspectives 114(1):10–17. Article
Colborn T. 2004. Endocrine disruption overview: Are males at risk? In: Hypospadias and Genital Development, Baskin L (ed), Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, pp. 189–201.
Colborn T. 2004. Neurodevelopment and endocrine disruption. Environmental Health Perspectives 112(9):944–949. Article
Vom Saal F, Palanza P, Colborn T, Parmigiani S. 2003. Exposure to very low doses of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) during fetal life permanently alters brain development and behavior in animals and humans. In: Proceedings of the International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, 27th Session, Erice, Sicily, 18–26 August 2002, Ragiani RC (ed), World Scientific Publishers, Singapore, pp. 293–308.
Colborn T, Smolen MJ. 2002. Cetaceans and contaminants. In: Toxicology of Marine Mammals, Bossert G, Vos J, Fournier M (eds), Taylor and Francis, UK, pp. 291–332.
Colborn T, Carson L. 2002. Autism and the Environment: Is the environment harming our children? Autism Advocate 35 (3):21–24.
Derocher A, Wiig O, Larsen TS, Colborn T, Wolkers H, Schlabach M. 2002. Contaminants in Svalbard polar bear samples archived since 1967 and possible population level effects. Science of the Total Environment 301(1-3):163–174. Abstract
Colborn T. 2002. A call for inner space research: Assuring the integrity of future generations. In: A Better Future for the Planet Earth, Vol. II, Lectures by the Winners of the Blue Planet Prize, Asahi Glass Foundation, Tokyo, pp. 167–187.
Brucker-Davis F, Thayer K, Colborn T, Fenichel P. 2002. Perchlorate: Low dose exposure and susceptible populations. Thyroid 12(8):739. Full version (pdf)
Colborn T. 2002. Clues from wildlife to create an assay for thyroid system disruption. Environmental Health Perspectives 110(Suppl. 3):363–367. Article
Bauer, R, Colborn T, Palanza P, Parmigiani S, vom Saal F (eds). 2002. Special Issue: Endocrine Disruptors. Environmental Health Perspectives 110(Suppl. 3). Preface by T. Colborn. Articles
Colborn T. 2001. Say no to toxic hitch-hikers. Ecosystem Health 7(4):192–194. Link to full version (pdf, html)
Baskin LS, Himes K, Colborn T. 2001. Hypospadias and endocrine disruption: Is there a connection? Environmental Health Perspectives 109(11):1175–1183. Article
Colborn T. 2000. Peace. In: Architects of Peace, Collopy M, Gardner J (eds), New World Library, Novato, CA, 1 p.
Colborn T, Thayer K. 2000. Aquatic Ecosystems: Harbingers of endocrine disruption. Ecological Applications 10(4):949–957. Abstract (full article requires subscription)
Fournier M, Degas V, Colborn T, Omara FO, Denizeau F, Potworski EF, Brousseau P. 2000. Immunosuppression in mice fed on diets containing beluga whale blubber from the St. Lawrence Estuary and Arctic populations. Toxicology Letters 112-113:311–317. Abstract (full article requires subscription)
DeVito M, Biegel L, Brouwer A, Brown S, Brucker-Davis F, Cheek Oliver Cheek, A, Christensen R, Colborn T, et al. 1999. Screening methods for thyroid hormone disruptors. Environmental Health Perspectives 107(5):401–415.
Colborn T, Short P, Gilbertson M (eds). 1999. Special Issue: Health Effects of Contemporary-Use Pesticides: The Wildlife/Human Connection. Toxicology and Industrial Health 15(1-2):1–275.
Short P, Colborn T. 1999. Pesticide use in the US and policy implications: A focus on herbicides. Toxicology and Industrial Health 15(1-2):240–275.
Colborn T. 1998. Endocrine disruption from environmental toxicants. In: Rom WN (ed) Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 3rd Edition. Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia, pp. 807–815.
Ankley G, Colborn T, Mihaich E, Stahl R, Tillitt D, et al. 1998. Overview of a workshop on screening methods for detecting potential (anti-) estrogenic/androgenic chemicals in wildlife. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 17(1):68–87. Abstract; full article requires subscription/purchase.
Colborn T, Smolen MJ, Rolland R. 1998. Environmental neurotoxic effects: The search for new protocols in functional teratology. Toxicology and Industrial Health 14 (1-2):9–23.
Colborn T, vom Saal FS, Short P (eds). 1998. Environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals: Neural, endocrine, and behavior effects. Toxicology and Industrial Health 14(1-2):1–365.
Colborn T. 1998. Building scientific consensus on endocrine disruptors. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 17(1):1–2.
Ludwig JP, Summer CL, Auman HJ, Gauger V, Bromley D, Giesy JP, Rolland R, Colborn T. 1997. The roles of organochlorine contaminants and fisheries bycatch in recent population changes of Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses in the North Pacific Ocean. In: Albatross Biology and Conservation, Robinson G, Gales R (eds), Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, pp. 225–238.
Auman HJ, Ludwig JP, Giesy JP, Colborn T. 1997. Plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatross chicks on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, in 1994 and 1995. In: Albatross Biology and Conservation, Robinson G, Gales R (eds), Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, pp. 239–244.
Colborn T. 1997 Dec. Screening and testing chemicals for prenatal exposures and effects. The Risk Advisory, American Chemical Society, Washington DC.
Colborn T, Smolen MJ. 1997. Endocrine disruption: Hidden threats to wildlife. Endangered Species Update 14(9-10):6–10.
Jones PD, Hannah DJ, Buckland SJ, Day PJ, Leathem SV, Porter LJ, Auman HJ, Sanderson TJ, Summer C, Ludwig JP, Colborn T, Giesy JP. 1996. Persistent synthetic chlorinated hydrocarbons in albatross tissue samples from Midway Atoll. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 15(10):1793–1800.
Auman HJ, Colborn T, Froese KL, et al. 1996. PCBS, DDE, and TCDD-EQ in two species of Albatross on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, North Pacific Ocean. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 16(3):498–504.
Colborn T, de Fur PL. 1996. Endocrine disruptors: Opening Pandora's box, SETAC News 16(4):10–11.
Colborn T. 1996. From Silent Spring (1962) to Wingspread (1991). Comments on Toxicology 4(4-5):319–328.
Colborn T, Dumanoski D, Myers JP. 1996. Our Stolen Future. Dutton, New York, NY, 306 pp.
Colborn T. 1996. The Great Lakes: A model for global concern. In: Interconnections Between Human and Ecosystem Health, Di Guillo RT, Monosson E (eds), Chapman & Hall Publishers, London, pp. 86–102.
Colborn T, Smolen MJ. 1996. An epidemiological analysis of persistent organochlorine contaminants in cetaceans. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 146:91–172.
Colborn T. 1995. Environmental estrogens: Health implications for humans and wildlife. Environmental Health Perspectives 103( Suppl. 7):135–136.
Colborn T. 1995. Pesticides — How research has succeeded and failed in transforming policy: Endocrinological effects in wildlife. Environmental Health Perspectives 103(Suppl. 6):81–85. Abstract
Colborn T, Gilbertson M, Rolland RM (eds). 1995. Wildlife Development. Environmentally-induced alterations in development: A focus on wildlife. Environmental Health Perspectives 103(Suppl. 4).
Colborn T. 1994. The wildlife/human connection: Modernizing risk decisions. Environmental Health Perspectives 102(Suppl. 12):55–59. Abstract
Colborn T. 1994/5. Chlorine: Dispelling seeds of doubt and disaster, In: Environment Strategy America, Reilly W (ed), pp 60–61.
Colborn T, Soto A, vom Saal F. 1993. Developmental effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in wildlife and humans. Environmental Health Perspectives 101(5):378–384. Abstract
Colborn T. 1992. Co-author: Health effects section of the EPA Great Waters Report to Congress, authorized under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
Clement C, Colborn T (eds). 1992. Chemically-Induced Alterations in Sexual and Functional Development: The wildlife/human connection. Advances in Modern Toxicology Volume XXI, Princeton Scientific Publishing Inc. Princeton, NJ, 403 pp. ISBN: 0-911131-35-3.
Colborn T. 1991. Nontraditional evaluation of risk from fish contaminants. In: Proceedings of a Symposium on Issues in Seafood Safety, Ahmed F (ed), Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, pp. 95–122.
Colborn T. 1991. Epidemiology of Great Lakes bald eagles. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 33:395–453.
Colborn T. 1991. Global implications of Great Lakes wildlife research. Journal of International Environmental Affairs 3(1):3–25.
Colborn T. 1991. Environmental degradation and health care costs. Book review of Health and the Global Environment, Ross Hume Hall RH (ed), Chemical and Engineering News 69(50):25–26.
Colborn T, Duda A, Gilbertson M. 1991. IJC fosters use of forensic approach to identify ecosystem effects of persistent toxic substances. Focus on International Joint Commission Activities 16(2):7–10.
Colborn T, Myers JP. 1991. Blundering questions, weak answers lead to poor pesticide policies and rebuttal: Immense unknowns characterize the assessment of pesticide risks. News Forum, Chemical and Engineering News (1991 Jan 7):40–43.
Colborn T, Davidson A, Green SN, Hodge RA, Jackson CL, Liroff RA (eds). 1990. Great Lakes: Great Legacy? The Conservation Foundation and The Institute for Research on Public Policy, Washington, DC.
Colborn T. 1990. The wildlife connection: wetlands and toxicology. National Wetlands Newsletter 12(5):17–18.
Colborn T, Liroff RA. 1990. Toxics in the Great Lakes. EPA Journal 16(6):5–8.
Colborn T. 1990. Innovative approaches for evaluating human health in the Great Lakes Basin using wildlife toxicology and ecology. Report to the Health Effects Committee of the Science Advisory Board, International Joint Commission.
Colborn T. 1989. The high price of progress. Book review: High Tech Holocaust, J. Bellini (ed) Chemical and Engineering News 67(44):65–68.
Colborn T. 1989. The impacts of Great Lakes toxic chemicals on human health. A Working Paper Report to the Environmental Health Directorate, Canada.
Colborn T, Chudnoff J, Friedman RM, Harrison K, Milford JB, Rapoport RD, Szabo NB (eds). 1989. Catching our Breath: Next Steps for Reducing Urban Ozone. Congress of the United States, Office of Technology Assessment, 238 pp.
Colborn T. 1989. Background Paper — An overview of toxic substances and their effects in the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. Report to Health Effects Committee, Science Advisory Board, International Joint Commission.
Colborn T. 1988. The use of toxicity equivalency as a complement to biomonitoring and wildlife research in the Great Lakes. Report to Environmental Results Branch, Office of Policy, Management, Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Environmental Policy Agency.
Colborn T. 1988. The Great Lakes toxics working paper. Environmental Interpretation Division, Environment Canada.
Barnard W, Colborn T, Ham, J. Johnson P, Pauli D. 1988. Using desalination technologies for water treatment. Congress of the United States, Office of Technology Assessment.
Blackwelder B, Colborn T, Harding B. 1987. Alternatives to traditional water management in the United States. Ambio 16(1):32–37.
Colborn T. 1987. Pteronarcys californica Newport: Mortality and cadmium accumulation at three stations on the Gunnison River, Gunnison County, Colorado. In: Heavy Metals in the Environment, Vol. 2, Lindberg SE, Hutchinson TC (eds), 3 pp.
Colborn T. 1986. The use of the stonefly, Pteronarcys californica Newport, as a measure of biologically available cadmium in a high altitude river system, Colorado, USA. Water Quality Bulletin, World Health Organization 11(3):141–147.
Colborn T. 1985. The use of the stonefly, Pteronarcys californica Newport, as a measure of bioavailable cadmium in a high-altitude river system, Gunnison County,Colorado. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Wisconsin, Department of Zoology.
Colborn T. 1982. Measurements of low levels of molybdenum in the environment using aquatic insects. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 29:422–428.
Colborn T. 1982. Aquatic insects as measures of trace element presence in water, cadmium and molybdenum. In: Aquatic Toxicology and Hazard Assessment, Pearson JB, Foster RB, Bishop WE (eds). ASTM, STP 766, pp. 316–325.
Colborn T. 1981. Aquatic insects as measures of trace element presence: cadmium and molybdenum. Master’s Thesis, Western State College of Colorado.