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Jennifer Ness

Jennifer came to NIST from the Biotechnology industry with a background in molecular biology, evolution, and population biology. She is a member of the Marine Environmental Specimen Bank (Marine ESB) located at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. The Marine ESB collects, maintains, and processes environmental samples from a variety of projects ranging from Alaskan marine mammals to bi-valves contributing to retrospective studies investigating levels of environmental contaminants in addition to banking for emerging contaminants or analytes of interest.

More recently, Jennifer's research focus has been on analyzing archived samples using various molecular biology techniques to determine sample suitability for important "-omics" analysis. Data from genetics (metagenomics, genomics, eDNA, population genetics, etc.), proteomics, and metabolomics can provide important information on the effect contaminant exposure has on wild populations and the environment.

Research Interests:

  • Expanding research on banked samples to include marine health measurements
  • Linking biological markers to contaminants measures
  • Laser diffraction particle size analysis on SRMs and environmental samples
  • Expanding biomolecular use of MESB samples into genetics, protein research, metabolomics, etc.


Organohalogen contaminants and vitamins in Northern Fur Seals (Callorhinus ursinus) collected during subsistence hunts in Alaska

Jessica L. Reiner, Paul R. Becker, Jennifer M. Lynch, Amanda J. Moors, Jennifer M. Ness, Rebecca S. Pugh, Catherine A. Rimmer, John R. Kucklick, Matthew O. Gribble, Danielle Peterson, Jody Rhoderick, Jennifer Trevillian
During native subsistence hunts from 1987 to 2007, blubber and liver samples from 50 subadult male northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) were collected on St
Created October 9, 2019