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The San Francisco Estuary Institute Collection at the NIST Biorepository



Debra Ellisor, Rebecca Pugh, Nina Buzby, Michael Weaver, Melissa Foley


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been collaborating with the San Francisco Bay Estuary Institute (SFEI) since 2009, providing biobanking services at the NIST Biorepository in Charleston, South Carolina in support of their ongoing water quality monitoring program, the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in the San Francisco Bay (RMP). Specimens (bivalve tissue, bird egg contents, fish tissue and sediment) are collected and processed by SFEI-partnering institutions according to their established protocols and shipped to the NIST Biorepository for archival. This report outlines NIST's role in the project, describes collection and processing protocols developed by SFEI and their collaborators, details shipping and archival procedures employed by biorepository staff and provides an inventory of the collection maintained by NIST from 2009 to 2020.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8370
Report Number


biobanking, specimens, SFEI, protocols


Ellisor, D. , Pugh, R. , Buzby, N. , Weaver, M. and Foley, M. (2021), The San Francisco Estuary Institute Collection at the NIST Biorepository, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created April 28, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022