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Jennifer Lynch

Dr. Lynch’s research interests are to improve the quality of chemical and toxicological measurements in the field of marine environmental toxicology and chemistry.  As the Program Coordinator for the NIST Pacific Islands Program on the island of Oahu, she is working at the hotspot of the global marine debris environmental issue.  Her currently research focuses heavily on quantifying and chemically characterizing plastic marine debris to help answer questions about its sources, fate, transport, best methods to quantify amounts and identify polymers, and effects.  As a partner of NIST's Biospecimen Bank, she also leads the Biological and Environmental Monitoring and Archival of Sea Turtle tissues (BEMAST) project. The BEMAST collection currently holds over 2,500 sea turtle tissue samples from vast geographic regions of the Pacific Ocean for health and contaminant research.  She has published extensively on the concentrations and effects of persistent organic pollutants, like legacy organochlorines, flame retardants, and perfluoroalkyl acids, in sea turtles. She has authored 47 peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters, served on the thesis committees of 16 graduate students, and holds affiliate positions at Hawaii Pacific University and University of Hawaii.

Membership and Professional Activities

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • International Sea Turtle Society


Prey-size plastics are invading larval fish nurseries

Jamison Gove, Jonathan Whitney, Margaret McManus, Joey Lecky, Felipe Carvalho, Jennifer M. Lynch, Jiwei Li, Philipp Neubauer, Katharine Smith, Jana Phipps, Donald Kobayashi, Karla Balagso, Emily Contreras, Mark Manuel, Mark Merrifield, Jeffrey Polovina, Gregory Asner, Jeffrey Maynard, Gareth Williams
Life for many of the world's marine fish begins at the ocean surface. Ocean conditions dictate food availability and govern survivorship, yet little is known
Created July 30, 2019, Updated January 7, 2020