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Colleen E. Bryan Sallee

Dr. Bryan's research focuses on the roles and impacts of toxic and nutritional trace elements in marine animal health. She began her career at NIST as a graduate student doing her master's degree thesis on "Non-lethal monitoring of trace elements in bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus" and her Ph.D. dissertation on "Influence of selenium and mercury chemistries on the progression of cardiomyopathy in pygmy sperm whales, Kogia breviceps". She has performed trace element and metalloprotein analysis using techniques such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS), liquid chromatography ICP-MS (LC-ICP-MS), and gas chromatography ICP-MS (GC-ICP-MS).

Dr. Bryan is the lead for NIST Pacific Marine Mammal Health Assessment (PMMHA) programs which are supported by collaborations with several partners. PMMHA programs include studying Hawaiian, monk seals, Northern Pacific humpback whales, and bottlenose dolphin under human care in the research areas of trace elements, organic contaminants, metabolomics, stable isotopes, fatty acids, and sex/population genetics. In addition to PMMHA research, Colleen has been involved in several other projects including examining spatial and temporal trends in Alaska Marine Mammal Tissue Archival Program (AMMTAP) and Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP) tissues as well as value assignment for SRMs. She is also the Quality Manager for the Environmental Chemical Sciences Group in the Chemical Sciences Division.

Professional Awards and Recognition:

  • Medical University of South Carolina College of Graduate Studies Scholarship, 2006-2010
  • Best Student Poster Presentation, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium, Fort Pierce, FL, 2004
  • Grice Marine Laboratory Graduate Scholarship, 2003
  • Sigma Zeta: Science and Mathematics Society, 2000
  • Omicron Delta Kappa: Leadership and Academic Society, 1999

Professional Activities:

  • International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine Member, 2013
  • Medical University of South Carolina Associate Faculty Member, 2013-Present
  • Hawaii Pacific University Affiliate Faculty Member, 2012-Present
  • American Cetacean Society Member, 2010
  • National Aquarium Conservation Center Dolphin Conservation Task Force, 2010-2012
  • Society for Marine Mammalogy Member, 2003

Student Mentoring Experience

  • Stephanie Shaw, M.S. student, Hawaii Pacific University Marine Biology Program (Committee Member and Laboratory Measurements)
  • Julia Smith, M.S., Hawaii Pacific University Marine Biology Program (Co-Advisor)
  • Jackie Bangma, Ph.D. student, Medical University of South Carolina Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Program (Laboratory Measurements)
  • Frances Nilsen, Ph.D. student, Medical University of South Carolina Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Program (Laboratory Measurements)
  • Angela Hansen, M.S., Hawaii Pacific University Marine Biology Program (Committee Member and Laboratory Measurements)

Publications

AMAP Review: Biological Effects from Contaminants on Arctic Wildlife and Fish

Author(s)
Rune Dietz, Robert Letcher, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, John R. Kucklick, Stacy S. Schuur, Jean-Pierre Desforges, Igor Eulaers, Bjorn Munro Jenssen, Melissa McKinney, Christian Sonne, Niladri Basu, Simon Wilson, Sara Pedro, Jenny Bytingsvik, Garry Stenson, Anuschka Polder, Joshua T. Ackerman, Collin A. Eagles-Smith, Mark P. Herzog, Alex Hartman, Sarah Peterson, Allyson Jackson, Birgit Braune, Derek Muir, Frank Riget, Milton Levin, Anders Bignert, Maria Dam, Marlene Evans, Magali Houde, Katrin S. Hoydal
Since the last Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) effort to review biological effects of the exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

Lessons Learned from Monitoring Organic Contaminants in Three Decades of Marine Samples from the Pacific Basin Archived at the USA’s Marine Environmental Specimen Bank

Author(s)
Stacy S. Schuur, Paul R. Becker, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, Rebecca S. Pugh, Jared M. Ragland, Jessica L. Reiner, Jennifer Trevillian, Michele M. Schantz
The USA’s Marine Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) has archived marine wildlife collections dating back to 1976. Numerous lessons have been learned including
Created October 9, 2019