Dr. Fran Solomon is an environmental biologist with a bachelor's degree in biology and minor in chemistry from the University of Rochester (Rochester, New York), and a Master's degree in environmental health and Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington (Seattle). She has more than 25 years of professional experience in environmental agencies, addressing the biological impacts of toxic water pollutants, pollution prevention and control, and protection and restoration of salmon habitat.
Dr. Solomon is passionate about bringing her work experience and knowledge to the classroom. She taught "Impacts of Metals on Aquatic Ecosystems and Human Health" at the University of British Columbia (UBC), has developed an online version for EduMine, and enjoys teaching the short course "Metal Mining Discharges – Impacts and Controls" through EduMine and the UBC Mining Studies Institute. She has also taught short courses on "Impacts of Metals and Toxic Organic Chemicals on Aquatic Ecosystems and Human Health" to environmental professionals in British Columbia, Yukon, Washington State, and Alaska. Dr. Solomon currently teaches environmental science at The Evergreen State College, Tacoma campus and Western Washington University. She has taught environmental science at Northwest University in Xi'an, China and University of Washington Tacoma, and has lectured at three universities in Japan. Since 2006, she has lectured for international summer programs at the University of Washington (Seattle) on the topic of water quality and salmon in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Solomon is a Past-President and current member of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Washington State chapter of the American Water Resources Association. She is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Coastal Watershed Institute, and is a Past-President and long-time Board member of the Seattle chapter of the Association for Women in Science. Outside of professional and mentoring activities, she is an enthusiastic hiker, bicyclist, and international traveler.