Esther C. Peters, Ph.D.Invertebrate Pathology ConsultantTetra Tech, Inc.Dr. Peters is a Principal Scientist and serves as quality assurance manager of Tetra Tech's Fairfax, Virginia, office.She is an aquatic toxicologist and pathobiologist, completing her Ph.D. in biological oceanography at the University of Rhode Island in 1984.Her expertise includes research on comparative histopathology and the effects of xenobiotics and other environmental stressors on a variety of invertebrates and fishes in both field and laboratory studies, not only carcinogenesis but also the relationships between adverse environmental conditions and diseases caused by pathogens and parasites.She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC (1985 to 1986), and completed a National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Training Fellowship with the National Cancer Institute in the RTLA (1987 to 1991).She
has been teaching "Diseases of Corals and Other Reef Organisms" at Mote Marine Laboratory's facility in the Florida Keys since 1997.Dr. Peters
has contributed chapters on diseases of marine organisms to four books and is an author or co-author on more than 25 peer-reviewed publications.She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Fisheries Society-Fish Health Section, National Shellfisheries Association, International Society for Reef Studies, National Society for Histotechnology, and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.