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Susanne Brander

Associate Professor
susanne.brander [at]

Office: 541-737-5413

As an ecotoxicologist, my research integrates the responses of aquatic organisms to endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and other environmental stressors, such as microplastics, across the biological hierarchy. My group focuses on discerning mechanisms of toxicity and linking the results of laboratory experiments to ecosystem responses. Current work examines the impact of EDCs on gene expression, development, reproductive behavior, sex ratio and population dynamics across multiple generations, with an emphasis on exposure during early life. Specific compounds of concern include endocrine active pesticides and pharmaceuticals.

Link to my lab site: Brander Lab



2013-2017     Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

2012-2013     Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis / University of North Carolina, Wilmington

2006-2011     Ph.D. Toxicology, University of California, Davis

2002-2005     M.S. Environmental Science and Policy, Johns Hopkins University, MD

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Sara Hutton, a third-year doctoral candidate at Oregon State University, uses a microscope to look at fish embryos that have been exposed to microplastics. (Karl Maasdam/InvestigateWest)

Plastic doesn’t decompose but degrades into smaller pieces that will remain in the environment for thousands of years

plastic bottles smashed for recyling (Photo Credit: Lisa Risager/flickr)

In March, the global community agreed to establish a legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution. To deliver on this goal, the treaty needs to cover all issues of plastics chemicals as an inseparable part of the problem.

Susanne Brander Headshot - woman with short red hair.

Groundbreaking microplastics research is underway at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, located in Newport on the Oregon Coast. 

plastic bottles smashed for recyling (Photo Credit: Lisa Risager/flickr)

Why the U.N.’s plastic treaty must cap production and include chemicals too.