My research encompasses the field of toxicology, endocrinology, and ecology; integrating molecular approaches at the organism and population level. Current work examines the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds and microplastics with consideration of temperature and salinity as concurrent stressors, on DNA methylation and gene expression, behavior, sex ratio, and population dynamics. We are also studying the occurrence of microplastics in rockfish, otter scat, California mussels, and zooplankton in gray whale feeding areas off the Oregon coast. We are now based at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in the new Marine Studies Building.

Recent news

2022 new paper out on the effect nanoplastics in drinking water on mammalian gut health

The search for the source of plastic pollution, lab profile on GRIST, July 2022

NSF Growing Convergence Research grant on micro and nanoplastics!

CBS morning news interview on microplastics with Brander, Nov 2019

Holy moly, we’re in National Geographic discussing the effects on microplastics in larval fish.