Nadine Hackshaw (left in the photo)
Area(s) of expertise:
Litigation support and Microbial analysis as it relates to remediation
About Me in 140 Characters:
I live with my wife and my puppy in St. Paul. I have a BA in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Engineering.
Favorite Thing About Being an environmental liability management Practitioner:
Learning. Litigation was not my thing in school but I get to learn a bunch about how technology is being used in remediation and the legal process, all while spending a lot of time with our founder, Bob Karls, and remediation practice leader, Scott Recker, which is great. I’ve been able to learn a lot from them.
What insights do you have on the future of your practice area?
There is going to be more need for litigation support in the future, especially considering the impacts and legal implications of PFAS. There is already a lot of discussion over how to implement regulations for PFAS, where we draw the line, and how companies will actually enforce the changes in practice.
What is the most interesting project you’ve ever worked on?
A microbial data project - it was a throwback to my degree, and I was given the project in the first month I worked at Antea Group. I really enjoy getting to put the puzzle pieces together with microbiology because, of course, you can’t observe a microbe. Or as my advisor said, “Biologists are out in the savannah watching lions chase down their prey and eat it. But we can’t see the microbes.” Most people don’t find microbes interesting but we rely on them for cleaning our water and making food. Getting to appreciate them with my work is very rewarding.
If someone at a party asks what you do, how do you respond?
I don’t talk a whole lot about work because of the sensitive nature of litigation support. I typically just explain that I work at an EHS consulting firm. In a lot of my circles, people also work in the environmental field, so they just gloss over it.
What subject areas/services are you interested in exploring at Antea Group?
Sustainability. I haven’t dealt with a whole lot of sustainability but on a personal and professional level, it interests me. We, as people, need to be more sustainable and seeing how we help other companies or clients achieve that is fascinating.
What was your first job?
I was a pharmacy technician.
Is there something unique that people might not know about you? (hobbies, hidden talents, etc.)
I’m always telling people (and they’re always surprised) that I have an identical twin (96.4% identical). We are part of the U of M Twin Studies – so every time you read their research, we’re a data point!
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