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Ernest Antonio

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Mr. Antonio is a Senior Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy. He specializes in the environmental exposure pathway dose assessments, radiation dosimetry, and human & ecological health risk assessment. His technical background is in health physics with focus on environmental health physics.

Research Interests

  • Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Assessment (NEPA Analysis)
  • Biota Dose Assessment

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Health Physics/Radioecology, Colorado State University, 1992
  • B.S., Biology, New Mexico Highlands University, 1988

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Core Team Member of the DOE’s Biota Dose Assessment Committee
  • Plenary Member of the National Health Physics Society
  • Member of HPS Environmental Radiation Section
  • Plenary Member of the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society
  • Plenary Member American Indian Science & Engineering Society -Columbia River Professional Chapter

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Team Performance Award - Hanford Solid Waste EIS, June 2003
  • Outstanding Performance Award - PNNL / DOE 300 Area Study - 2002
  • Outstanding Performance Award - Elk Relocation Project, May 2000
  • Outstanding Performance Award - Hanford Site NEPA Characterization Report - 2001
  • Outstanding Team Performance Award - Surface Environmental Surveillance Project, March 1997
  • Award of Excellence - Technical Contributor for Medical Isotopes Production Project: Molybdenum-99 and Related Isotopes Environmental Impact Statement, January 1997
  • Outstanding Team Performance Award - Dosimetry Services, April 1996
  • Diversity Citation - "Caught In The Act", November 1996

PNNL Publications









  • Antonio EJ, BL Tiller, SL Domotor, and KA Higley. 2005. "The U.S. Department of Energy's Regulatory and Evaluation Framework for Demonstrating Radiation Protection of the Environment: Implementation at the Hanford Site." In International Conference on Protection of the Environment from the Effects of Ionizing Radiation, pp. 175-192.  International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria. 


  • Elliott DB, MJ Scott, EJ Antonio, and K Rhoads. 2004. Hanford Area 2000 PopulationPNNL-14428, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 


  • Antonio EJ, TM Poston, BL Tiller, and GW Patton. 2003. "Application of RAD-BCG calculator to Hanford's 300 area shoreline characterization dataset." Chapter IAEA-CSP-17 in Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on the Protection of the Environment from Ionising Radiation (SPEIR 3) held in Darwin, Australia, 22-26 July 2002 (IAEA-CSP-17), pp. 309-316.  International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria. 
  • Higley KA, SL Domotor, EJ Antonio, and D Kocher. 2003. "Derivation of a Screening Methodology for Evaluating Radiation Dose to Aquatic and Terrestrial Biota." Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 66(1-2):41-59. 
  • Higley KA, SL Domotor, and EJ Antonio. 2003. "A Kinetic-Allometric Approach to Predicting Tissue Radionuclide Concentrations for Biota." Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 66(1-2):61-74. 
  • Higley KA, SL Domotor, and EJ Antonio. 2003. "A Probabilistic Approach to Obtaining Limiting Estimates of Radionuclide Concentrations in Biota." Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 66(1-2):75-87. 
  • Patton GW, SP Van Verst, BL Tiller, EJ Antonio, and TM Poston. 2003. Survey of Radiological and Chemical Contaminants in the Near-Shore Environment at the Hanford Site 300 AreaPNNL-13692 Rev. 1, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 





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