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Affiliation: 
Terra Mentis Environmental Consulting
Title: 
President
Expertise: 
Environmental Risk Assessment, Jungian Psychology

Biography

Stephen Foster is President of an environmental consulting company in Boulder, Colorado, with a specialty practice in human health and ecological risk assessment. He has over 23 years of professional experience in the development of cleanup goals and risk assessments for the Federal and State Governments. He is the primary author of over 90 human health and ecological multi-pathway or multi-chemical risk assessments under CERCLA, RCRA, and State led programs, and air quality projects. He has worked internationally on large mining waste and air quality projects for the World Bank. Stephen has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Imperial College, London, England, and Post-doctoral Fellowships at the University of Wisconsin and Harvard in toxicology and cancer research, respectively. In addition, he has an M.A. in psychology from Regis University, Denver, and is a Training Candidate in the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Over the past 20-years Stephen has developed an interest in society's ability to externalize waste onto the environment with the associated psychological split that disavows the consequences. Why does this split occur, why does it persist and what is required before it can be recognized and rectified? However, individuals in society view nature and the environment, the recipient of externalized waste, as rejuvenating, and an object of beauty. Further, the developing world has sees coal, oil and externalization as the model for development of a successful industrial society, but there are consequences to continued externalization. These consequences are not but local, but global. Stephen grew up in a small rural village in Sussex, England. During these early years he developed a special relationship with nature. The south of England is bathed by warm sea currents that give rise to mild seasonal cycles, winter gales and moderate summers with long days. This beautiful rural setting is in danger and he hopes that interdisciplinary conferences like this will lead to a deeper collective dialog and subsequent change on environmental issues.