David M. Teter, PhD, PE, CEM


  • A proven record of helping of clients understand and manage environmental risks and liabilities.
  • Extensive experience with contaminant fate and transport analysis in water distribution systems and in the environment.
  • Skilled at developing cost-effective treatment technologies for the remediation of heavy metals, chlorinated organic compounds, and emerging contaminants in soil and groundwater.
  • A strong record of technical research and development including 8 patents issued in environmental remediation and water treatment and scientific articles published in high-impact journals such as Science and Physical Review Letters.


Principal, David Teter Consulting, LLC, San Francisco, CA (7/2012 to present)

  • Recreation and Park Department, City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco, California - Developed environmental compatibility specifications and testing protocols for synthetic turf playing fields being installed in a sensitive groundwater zone. Conducted leaching studies of heavy metals and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) for synthetic turf vendor qualification.
  • Gordon & Rees LLP, San Francisco, California - Provided environmental litigation support for client (Defendant) who was sued in a CERCLA 107(a) recovery action for costs incurred remediating a PCB-contaminated former industrial facility. Authored Rule 26 expert reports, provided deposition testimony and expert witness testimony at trial in United States District Court, Northern District of California. Provided trial testimony specific to the consistency of Plaintiff's response actions with the National Contingency Plan (NCP) and whether the Plaintiff's response actions resulted in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) quality cleanup,  and developed cost estimates for remedial alternatives that are in compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and would have resulted in a CERCLA-quality cleanup.
  • Confidential Consumer Products Company, San Francisco, California - Provided business intelligence services and technical analysis to identify supply chain leakage, support resale price maintenance, and determine relationships between authorized vendors and unauthorized third-party sellers on the Amazon Marketplace.

Senior Scientist/Engineer (II), Northgate Environmental Management, Oakland, CA (4/2010 to 7/2012)

  • Former Auto Repair Facility, Los Angeles, California - Provided non-testifying technical litigation support for the legal team representing the owner of a former automotive repair facility that was compulsively acquired through eminent domain by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for redevelopment. The LAUSD had remediated the site and was attempting to recover all of their costs from the client. Our analysis of the environmental data clearly showed that the client was only partially responsible for the contamination and that the LAUSD was remediating naturally occurring hydrocarbons. The results of the analysis saved the client over 3 million dollars during cost recovery negotiations.
  • Former Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant, Henderson, Nevada - Performed an extensive integrated groundwater investigation and assessment for a 450-acre site contaminated with perchlorate, hexavalent-chromium, arsenic, and chlorinated solvents. Created a contaminant fate and transport model that integrated on- and off-site environmental data and analyzed the long-term consequences of the contamination. Designed an in-situ bioremediation permeable reactive barrier system for removal of perchlorate and hexavalent-chromium in groundwater. Conducted technology-screening analysis for remediation of arsenic, hexavalent-chromium, and pesticide contamination in vadose-zone soils. Conducted forensic analysis using congener fingerprinting to determine source and potentially responsible parties for extensive dioxin/furan contamination of site soils. The results of these analyses were used to assist in cost recovery against the US Government who was responsible for the legacy dioxin/furan contamination. Conducted technical evaluation of neighboring site groundwater extraction and treatment and analysis of contaminants migrating off-site to support cost-recovery negotiations.
  • Sulfur Bank Mercury Mine Superfund Site, Clear Lake, California - Provided technical support to the legal team representing the owner of a former mercury mine. Conducted an analysis to address site-specific soil cleanup goals using state-of-the-art mercury and arsenic speciation data from mine tailings and waste rock and recent speciation-specific bioavailability data. The results of the analysis indicated that higher cleanup levels would result in significant cost savings while still being protective of human health and the environment. Initiated discussions with US EPA to negotiate the modification of site-specific cleanup goals.
  • San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco, California - Supported the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission with technical issues relating to the installation of artificial turf at athletic fields for the Playfields Initiative. Reviewed and validated vendor data for synthetic turf composition and leaching of contaminants. When it became apparent that legacy standards were not attainable, new standards were developed based upon established US EPA protocols. Conducted analysis of alternative organic infill products and assisted with the sampling and analysis of first flush leachate from synthetic fields.
  • Alameda County Clean Water Program, Alameda County, California – Provided technical support to the Alameda County Clean Water Program’s participation in the San Francisco Estuary Partnership’s PCBs in Caulk Project. Provided analysis and peer review of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control PCBs in caulk during building demolition or renovation and the Model Implementation Process to incorporate the BMPs into the municipal demolition permitting process.
  • Former Dry Cleaning Property, Los Gatos, California - Managed the implementation of a rebound test program of a soil vapor extraction project. Conducted a perimeter soil gas investigation to assess the vapor intrusion risk to off-site residents. Developed site-specific numeric criteria to assess the need for ongoing SVE activities and worked with the Water Board to cease operations of the SVE system.
  • Luxury Condominium Tower Complex, Summerlin, Nevada - Conducted an investigation of in premise plumbing water quality issues at a newly constructed luxury condominium tower complex. Identified actionable responses to quickly resolve both aesthetic and health-related water quality issues. The investigation and analysis was conducted in an extremely responsive and time-critical manner and issues with the design and construction of the in premise water treatment and distribution system were documented in preparation for litigation against the building contractor.
  • Confidential Real Estate Developers, San Francisco Bay Area, California — Conducted numerous third party peer reviews of environmental documents in support of time-critical due diligence investigations for real estate developers. Designed and performed additional environmental investigations to support developers in cost negotiations for real estate transactions.

Principal Member of the Technical Staff-Aeronautical Engineer/Strategic Analyst, Strategic Weapons Studies, Systems Analysis Group, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2003 to 2010)

  • Served as a trusted technical advisor to the Plans and Policy Division, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM/J-5) and the Physical Vulnerability Division, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA/JWS-4) on strategic planning, kinetic and non-kinetic weapon effects, vulnerability analysis, and the development and analysis of disruptive technologies.
  • Developed high-fidelity planning tools that significantly increased the effectiveness and survivability of stealth bomber nuclear deterrence missions.
  • Developed lethality/vulnerability models and conducted simulations that significantly enhanced the effectiveness of hypersonic strike weapon systems. This work was briefed to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to the Secretary of Defense.
  • Advised the DIA and other federal agencies on investigating and assessing environmental conditions at sites of interest in denied areas.
  • Modeled the atmospheric dispersion of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials for consequence of execution analysis.
  • Supported Continuity of Government (COG), Continuity of Operations (COOP), and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) programs for the National Command Authority and the Department of Defense.

Senior Member of the Technical Staff-Geochemist/Materials Engineer, Geochemistry Department, Geosciences Research Applications Center, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1999 to 2003)

  • Created and led a research program that developed and field-tested technologies for the effective removal of arsenic, hexavalent chromium, and perchlorate from drinking water. This program created a series of highly effective technologies and resulted in a $13 million dollar congressional appropriation to support follow-on work.
  • Developed in-situ treatment technologies for the enhanced natural attenuation of arsenic and hexavalent-chromium in groundwater.
  • Invented a simple method to remediate building surfaces contaminated with radioactive cesium and strontium.
  • Assessed the vulnerability of public water supply systems to the intentional contamination of municipal reservoirs and distribution systems with biological and chemical agents. Briefed the Water Research Foundation (WRF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on the results of the study.
  • Conducted applied research to enhance remote sensing capabilities of special nuclear materials in the environment.
  • Conducted basic research on lithium ion battery chemistry, ionic solvation in water nanolayers, and atmospheric corrosion.

Research Scientist, Intelligent Processing of Materials Laboratory, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (1998 to 1999)

  • Developed scalable numerical methods and tools to optimize the processing of technologically important materials.
  • Conducted basic research on the stability of ice and clathrate hydrates as a function of pressure and temperature.

Predoctoral Associate, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, District of Columbia (1995 to 1998)

  • Applied computational modeling and high-pressure experimental techniques to the development of advanced materials.
  • Conducted X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic analysis to examine the effects of environmental weathering on late-Neolithic period Chinese jade artifacts.

Organic Farmer, Heart of Gold Organic Ranch, Willis, Virginia (1991 to 1995)

  • Rehabilitated an abandoned farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains into a certified organic market garden and orchard.
  • Analyzed soil properties and developed amendments to increase soil tilth, fertility, and biodiversity.


Ph.D. Materials Engineering Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia (1998)

  • Dissertation: Computational Alchemy: The Rational Design and Synthesis of Superhard Materials

M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia (1996)

  • Thesis: First Principles Study of Several Novel Silicon Dioxide Structures

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia (1993)

  • Thesis: Development of Software for Quantitative Multi-Phase X-Ray Diffraction Analysis

Selected Publications, Reports, and Book Chapters 

  1. D.M. Teter, Long-Term Fate and Transport of Industrial Contaminants from the Las Vegas Wash to the Lower Colorado River, Eighth International Conference on the Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, California, May 21-24, 2012.

  2. J.C. Hogan, W.R. Engleman, M.E. Kipp, J. Smith, J.H. Stofleth, V.W. Saul, and D.M. Teter, Hypersonic Submunition Dispense, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. SAND2006-94019. Official Use Only/Export Controlled Information (2006).
  3. P.V. Brady, D.M. Teter, N.R. Khandaker, J.L Krumhansl, and M.D. Siegel, Development of Novel Arsenic Treatment Approaches, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, Unclassified Unlimited Release (2004). 
  4. F. Occelli, D.L. Farber, J. Badro, C.M. Aracne, D.M. Teter, M. Hanfland, B. Canny, and B. Couzinet, Experimental Evidence for a High-Pressure Isostructural Phase Transition in Osmium, Physical Review Letters, 93, 095502 (2004). 
  5. D.M. Teter and P.V. Brady, Biological and Chemical Sabotage of Public Water Systems: A Threat Analysis. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. SAND2003-0031. Official Use Only. 
  6. N. Khandakar, D. Teter, J. Krumhansl, and P. Brady, Are City Water Pipes a Future Source of Arsenic Contamination?, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Arsenic Exposure & Health Effects, San Diego, CA (2002). 
  7. D.M. Teter and R.T. Cygan, Large-scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Metal Sorption onto the Basal Surfaces of Clay Minerals. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. Prepared for the Division of Systems Analysis and Regulatory Effectiveness, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, February 2002. NUREG/CR-6757. Unclassified Unlimited Release. 
  8. D.M. Teter, Specific Anion Nanoengineered Sorbents, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM. SAND2002-0116W. Unclassified Unlimited Release. 
  9. R.T. Cygan, H.L. Anderson, S.E. Arthur, P.V. Brady, C.F. Jove-Colon, J-J. Liang, E.R. Lindgren, M.D. Siegel, D.M. Teter, H.R. Westrich, and P. Zhang, Toward an Accurate Model of Metal Sorption in Soils, In M.E. Wacks, Ed. Proceedings of the 5th Waste Management Conference, pp. 43-30 (2001). 
  10. M. Nyman, F. Bonhomme, D.M. Teter, R.S. Maxwell, B.X. Gu, L.M. Wang, R.C. Ewing, and T.M. Nenoff, Integrated Experimental and Computational Methods for Structure Determination and Characterization of a New, Highly Stable Cesium Silicotitanate Phase, Cs2TiSi6O15 (SNL-A), Chemistry of Materials, 12, 3449-3458 (2000). 
  11. S. Merkel, R.J. Hemley, H-K Mao, and D.M. Teter, Finite-Element Modeling and Ab initio Calculations of Megabar Stresses in the Diamond Anvil Cell, Science and Technology of High Pressure, Proceedings of the AIRAPT-17, edited by M.H. Manghnani, W.J. Nellis and M.F. Nicol, pp. 68-73, University Press, Hyderabad, India (2000). 
  12. D.M. Teter, Computational Alchemy: The Search for New Superhard Materials, MRS Bulletin, 23, 22-27 (1998). 
  13. D.M. Teter, R.J. Hemley, G. Kresse, and J. Hafner, High Pressure Polymorphism in Silica, Physical Review Letters, 80, 2145-2148 (1998). 
  14. J. Badro, D.M. Teter, R.T. Downs, P. Gillet, R.J. Hemley, and J-L. Barrat, Theoretical Study of a Five-Coordinated Silica Polymorph, Physical Review B, 56 (10), 5797-5806 (1997).
  15. D.M. Teter and R.J. Hemley, Low Compressibility Carbon Nitrides, Science, 271 (5245), 53-55 (1996).