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Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP) Data from 1999-2010



Nathan Mahynski, Jared Ragland, Stacy Schuur, Rebecca Pugh, Vincent K. Shen


The multi-entity, long-term Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP) has collected eggs from various avian species throughout the North Pacific Ocean for over 20 years to create a geospatial and temporal record of environmental conditions. Over 2,500 samples are currently archived at the NIST Biorepository at Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. Longitudinal monitoring efforts of this nature provide invaluable data for assessment of both wildlife and human exposures as these species often consume prey (e.g., fish) similar to, and from sources (e.g., oceanic) comparable to, human populations nearby. In some areas, seabird eggs also comprise a significant part of subsistence diets providing nutrition for indigenous peoples. Chemometric profiles and related health implications are known to differ across species. Eggs, however, can be difficult to assign to a species unless the bird is observed on the nest from which the sample was collected due to similar appearance within a genus and sympatric nesting behavior. This represents a large point of uncertainty for both wildlife managers and exposure researchers alike. Here we have curated analytical data for eggs collected from 1999 to 2010 on a subset of species and analytes that were measured regularly and reasonably systematically. Included in this publication are 487 samples analyzed for 174 ubiquitous environmental contaminants such as brominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs), mercury, organochlorine pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Data were collated to form a dataset useful in chemometric and related analyses of the marine ecosystem in the North Pacific Ocean. Here we describe the data processing performed and other characteristics of the dataset.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -


biorepository, dataset, environmental chemistry, marine


Mahynski, N. , Ragland, J. , Schuur, S. , Pugh, R. and Shen, V. (2021), Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP) Data from 1999-2010, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created December 17, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022