4615 S. Hearth Ridge Ct.

New Berlin, Wisconsin  53151




Twenty-four years experience at a local Forensic Toxicology laboratory as a Laboratory Technologist, Supervisor, Assistant Director, Alternate Responsible Person (Alt-RP), Co-Responsible Person (Co-RP) and Responsible Person (RP)/Director (currently).  The laboratory is a Forensic/Clinical laboratory with primary focus on high volume analysis of Drugs of Abuse in urine.  It is certified by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and has accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) to perform Forensic Drug Testing.

Six years experience as a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant at the Center For Great Lakes Studies (University of Wisconsin‑Milwaukee) Aquatic Ecology Laboratory which emphasized toxicological research of heavy metals. 

Skills:  Familiarity with DHHS/DOT protocols, CAP protocols and forensic analysis; experience with: GC/MS maintenance/analysis of drugs, EIA (Hitachi 717,747), HPLC and TLC, Culturing of plant and animal populations; knowledge of computers (PC) including hardware interfacing and programming (BASIC, Pascal, Hewlett‑Packard RPN, ProComm Script, SQL), use of radioisotopes, image analysis, and Atomic Absorption analysis of heavy metals.


1989 to present:     Forensic Toxicology laboratory

  • Experience as a lab technologist dealing with the analysis of Drugs of Abuse and therapeutic drugs.
  • Developed computer programs to automate the GC/MS analysis of drugs and to assist in data reduction and QC monitoring.   
  • Experience as a Lab Supervisor.
  • Experience as a Certifying Scientist for DHHS/DOT protocols as well as CAP‑Forensic Drug Testing protocols.
  • Development of a custom computer program for record handling of forensic samples ‑ designed to meet DHHS/DOT requirements.
  • Currently RP/Director and Certifying Scientist.

1982 to 1989:   Graduate Teaching and Research
                         Assistant ‑ UWM

  • Performed research directly related to MS and Ph.D.  theses.
  • Developed computer-assisted plant and animal continuous culture systems, which included chemostats and turbidostats.
  • Developed Pascal programming to assist in data reduction.
  • Evaluated heavy metal (Cd, Zn, Se, Mn) toxicity to aquatic algae using these systems.
  • Investigated the interactions of metals with regard to toxicity.
  • Studied uptake and transfer of Selenium between aquatic algae and zooplankton.
  • Measured biochemical speciation of Selenium in aquatic ecosystems, i.e., incorporation into Selenomethionine.
  • Isolated a fast-growing rotifer strain using turbidostat culture which was applicable to the aquaculture industry.
  • Investgated food chain transfer of Selenium between medium, algae, zooplankton and fish larvae using radioisotope tracer studies (Masters Thesis research).
  • Instructed introductory level biology laboratories.


   University of Wisconsin ‑ Milwaukee, Wisconsin

       Ph.D. Degree ‑ Biological Sciences, May 1989

       M.S. Degree ‑ Zoology, 1984

    University of Miami ‑ Miami, Florida

       B.S. Degree (magna cum laude) ‑ Marine Science, 1981

       B.S. Degree (magna cum laude) ‑ Biology, 1981

    East Kentwood High School ‑ Kentwood, Michigan

       College Preparatory (Graduated with Honors), 1977


Bennett, W.N. 1984. Examination of selenium kinetics and

     transfer within a defined aquatic food chain. M.S. Thesis,

     Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Wisconsin‑Milwaukee, 61 pp.

Bennett, W.N. 1988. Assessment of selenium toxicity in algae

     using turbidostat culture. Water Research 22: 939‑942.

Bennett, W.N. 1989. The use of Turbidostat Culture in

     Investigations of Algal Heavy Metal Toxicity and Rotifer

     Population Dynamics.  Ph.D. Thesis, Department of

     Biological Sciences and Center for Great Lakes

     Studies, Unversity of Wisconsin‑Milwaukee, 180 pp.

Bennett, W.N. 1990. Measurement of manganese amelioration of

     cadmium toxicity in Chlorella pyrenoidosa using turbidostat

     culture. Archives of Environmental Contamination and

     Toxicology 19: 118‑123.

Bennett, W.N. and M.E. Boraas. 1988. Isolation of a

     fast‑growing strain of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus

     Pallas using turbidostat culture. Aquaculture 73: 27‑36.

Bennett, W.N. and M.E. Boraas. 1989. An experimental test of

     the egg‑ratio method using instantaneous birth rate as an

     independent variable.  Limnology and Oceanography  34:


Bennett, W.N. and M.E. Boraas. 1989. A demographic profile

     of the fastest growing metazoan: a strain of Brachionus

     calyciflorus Pallas (Rotifera).  Oikos.  55: 365‑369.

Bennett, W.N. and M.E. Boraas. 1989. Comparison of

     population dynamics between slow‑ and fast‑growing strains

     of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus  Pallas in continuous

     culture.  Oecologia  81: 494‑500.

Bennett, W.N. and M.E. Boraas. 1993. Rotifer Culture in the

     Turbidostat. In: Plankton Regulation Dynamics: Experiments

     and Models in Rotifer Continuous Cultures. N. Walz (ed.)

     Springer‑Verlag.  pp. 30‑38.

Bennett, W.N., M.E. Boraas and D.B Seale. 1993. Turbidosat

     Culture of Brachionus calyciflorus: An Experimental System

     to Assess Biological Limits on Population Growth. In:

     Plankton Regulation Dynamics:  Experiments and Models in

     Rotifer Continuous Cultures. N. Walz (ed.)                

     Springer‑Verlag.  pp. 77‑86.

Bennett, W.N. and A.S. Brooks. 1989. Measurement of zinc

     amelioration of cadmium toxicity in Chlorella pyrenoidosa

     using turbidostat culture.  Environmental Toxicology and

     Chemistry  8: 877‑882.

Bennett, W.N., A.S. Brooks and M.E. Boraas. 1986. Selenium

     uptake and transfer in an aquatic food chain. Archives of

     Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 15: 513‑517.

Boraas, M.E. and W.N. Bennett. 1988. Steady‑state rotifer

     growth in a two‑stage, computer‑controlled turbidostat.

     Journal of Plankton Research. 10: 1023‑1038.

 Brooks, A.S., P.E. Bertram, D.C. Szmania, W.N. Bennett,

     K.W. Boyum, D.B. Seale and M.E. Boraas. 1984. The

     effects of selenium on the reproductive potential of the

     fathead minnow. Final Report. Research Project 1631‑1.

     Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA.

 Kleinow, K.M., A.S. Brooks and W.N. Bennett. 1988. The

     biochemical speciation of selenium compounds in aquatic

     organisms. Final Report. Carolina Power & Light Co., New

     Hill, NC.

 Wu, A., J. Schmalz and W.N. Bennett.  1994.  Identification of

     UrinAid‑adulterated urine specimens by fluorometric

     analysis.  Clinical Chemistry. 40: 845‑846.

 Wu, A., W.N. Bennett, M. Eigenfeld., B. Berry, A. Gozdowiak,

     G. Wallace, G. Bodemer, C. Goldbach, M. Holford,

     S. Davids, D. Bretl and J.K. Musich.  1998.  Nitrite

     Contamination in Urine Collection Kit Component -

      Absorbent Sheet. Journal of Analalytical Toxicology. 22:

     401- 402.


Bennett, W.N. and M.E. Boraas. 1987. A turbidostat culture

     system for studying rotifer population dynamics. Abstract,

     Annual Meeting of the American Society of Limnology and


Bennett, W.N., A.S. Brooks and M.E. Boraas. 1985. A

     water‑algae‑rotifer‑larval fish culture system for use in 
     larval fish toxicity studies.   Abstract, Midwest Fish and
     Wildlife Conference.

Bennett, W.N., K.M. Kleinow, and A.S. Brooks. 1987.

     Biochemical speciation of selenium in aquatic organisms.

     Abstract, Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental

     Toxicology and Chemistry.

Bennett, W.N. and A. Wu. 1995.  A custom computer program

     that automatically tracks GC/MS quality control data on

     Hewlett‑Packard Unix Chemstation GC/MS systems.

     Society of Forensic Toxicologists.  25th National Meeting.

     October 9‑14, 1995, Abstract Number 55.

Bennett, W.N., A. Wu, D.D. Bretl and J.K. Musich. 1997. 

     Description of a Hewlett‑Packard Chemstation‑based drug

     quantitation program and its conversion from Unix to MS.

     Abstract submitted for poster session at the National Meeting

     of The American Association of Clinical Chemistry, 

     Atlanta, GA.  July 20‑24, 1997.

Bennett, W.N., D.D. Bretl, J.K. Musich and A. Wu. 1997.  A

      PC‑based computer program to handle records of

      DHHS/DOT‑mandated specimens. Abstract submitted for

      poster session at the National Meeting of Society of

      Forensic Toxicology, Salt Lake, UT, October 12‑16, 1997.

Bennett, W.N. and A. Wu. 2004.  Automated approach to Non

     -Negative Specimen List (NNSL) production and application

      for SAMHSA-certified laboratories.  Abstract submitted for

      poster session at the National Meeting of Society of Forensic

      Toxicology and the International Association of Forensic

      Toxicologists, Washington, DC, August 28 - September 3,



· Drawing and 

    education –

    University of Miami –


· B.S. degrees  
    in Biology

    and Marine Science –

    University of Miami –


· M.S. and Ph.D. 
   degrees in

   Zoology and Biology

   University of
   Milwaukee –



· Franklin Woods
   Gallery, Baileys
   Harbor, WI -


· Red Rock Café,

    Shorewood, WI –


· JoJo’s Martini


    WI – 2004

   (Commissioned work)

· Gallery Night,
   Milwaukee,  WI 
   2004-2006, 2008
· Open Canvas,
   2004 - 2013

· Almont Gallery,

    Waukesha, WI, 2005

· Kunzelmann-Esser

    Gallery, Milwaukee,


· Schauer Arts Center,

    Hartford, WI, 2006

· Griffin Gallery of Fine
   Art, Oconomowoc,
   WI, 2007

· Museum of Wisconsin

    Art, West Bend, WI,


· UW Hospital Exhibit,

    Madison, WI,  2009

· Raven Gallery, 
    Pewaukee, WI,  
    2009, 2010