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Colleen E. Bryan Sallee (Fed)

Dr. Bryan's research focuses on the roles and impacts of toxic and nutritional trace elements in marine animal health; and mercury metrology. 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 projects 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 mercury spatial and temporal trends for the Alaska Marine Mammal Tissue Archival Program (AMMTAP) and the Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP).  She is active in developing methods and trace element value assignments to support the Standard Reference Materials program.  Colleen is also the Quality Manager for the Inorganic Chemical Metrology 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

  • Amanda Bayless, M.S., College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology (Laboratory Measurements)
  • Stephanie Shaw, M.S., 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)


Certification of Standard Reference Material® 955d, Toxic Elements and Metabolites in Frozen Human Blood

Lee L. Yu, Karen E. Murphy, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, Thomas W. Vetter, Robert C. Hagwood, George C. Caceres, Stephen E. Long, J M. Jarrett, M A. Franklin, J Castro Georgi, D M. Jones, Robert Jones, Z Li, Y L. Sommer, D S. Tevis, K Wallon, C D. Ward, M Maras, S Erdahl, C Gilmer, M Wermers, H Woldeysus, K F. Mehigan, M Morrissette, Christopher D. Palmer, Patrick J. Parsons
Standard Reference Material (SRM) 955d is intended for use in validating analytical methods for measuring toxic elements and mercury species in human blood, and

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

Rune Dietz, Robert Letcher, Colleen E. Bryan Sallee, John Kucklick, Stacy 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)
Created October 9, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021