susanne.brander [at] oregonstate.edu
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
Plastic doesn’t decompose but degrades into smaller pieces that will remain in the environment for thousands of years
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.
Groundbreaking microplastics research is underway at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, located in Newport on the Oregon Coast.