Dana Wetzel

941-388-4441, ext. 335; dana@mote.org

Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX        Biochemistry/Nutrition        B.S.,    1979
Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL        Marine Science            M.S.    1995
Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL        Marine Science            Ph.D.    2000

1999-Present    Program Manager.  Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Fl.
1998-1999    Visiting Assistant Professor.  Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fl.
1997-1999    Consultant to Ecosystems Management Inc. Purcellville, VA.
1995-2000    Graduate Assistant (USF Ph.D. Program)
1993-1994    South FL Water Management District. Water Resource Consultant. Miami, Fl.
1992-1997    Florida Institute of Oceanography.  Instructor, Summer Institute for Teachers, Keys Marine Laboratory, Long Key, FL.
1990-1995    Estero HS, Honors Chemistry Teacher.  Lee Co School Board, Ft. Myers, FL.

Publications (6 closely related)
Downs, C.A.,J.E. Fauth, D.Wetzel, P. Hallock, J.F.Halas, R. Curry and C.M. Woodley. 2006. Investigating Coral Reef Degradation at Alina’s Reef in the Florida Keys: Cellular Physiology of White Grunt (Haemulon plumieri) as a Biological Indicator.  Environmental Forensics. 7:1-18.

Pierce, R.H., D.L. Wetzel and E.D Estevez. 2004.  Charlotte Harbor Initiative: Assessing the Ecological Health of Southwest Florida’s Charlotte, Harbor Estuary.  Ecotoxicology.13:275-284.

Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2003.  Persistence of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contamination in Sediments of the Canals in Venice, Italy: 1995 and 1998.  Marine Pollution Bulletin.  46:1015-1023.
Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2004. Accumulation and Distribution of Petroleum Hydrocarbons found in Mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) in the Canals of Venice, Italy.  Marine Pollution Bulletin. 48:927-936.
Fair, P.A., Adams, J., Mitchum, G., Hulsey, T.C., Reif, J.S., Houde, M., Muir, D.,Wirth, E., Wetzel, D.L., Zolman, E., Wayne McFee, W., and G. D. Bossart. 2010. Contaminant blubber burdens in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from two southeastern US estuarine areas: Concentrations and patterns of PCBs, pesticides, PBDEs, PFCs, and PAHs . Science of the Total Environment.
Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2006.  Cooperative aquatic toxicity testing of dispersed oil and the chemical response to oil spills:ecological effects research forum (CROSERF).  Aurand and Coelho eds. Ecosystem Management &Associates, Inc.  Lusby, MD.  Tech. Report 07-03.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V78-4Y718V2-1&_user=2496833&_coverDate=03%2F01%2F2010&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1386720172&_rerunOrigin=scholar.google&_acct=C000057599&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=2496833&md5=9c52478ae0accd11c96d21fb54f183b7 - aff3
Synergistic activities:
1) 1997 to 2000: Working with Dr. Edward Van Vleet (University of South Florida), I employed innovative exposure chambers to assess the extent to which varying lengths of exposure to certain types of oil or dispersants affected survival of larval fishes and invertebrates. The American Petroleum Institute funded the work.
2) 1998 to 2000: Research in collaboration with Dr. Van Vleet and with biologists and chemists with the Istituto Biologia del Mare in Venice, Italy to assess petroleum hydrocarbon contamination in the Venice Lagoon.  Semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMD) were deployed as surrogates for bivalves in the monitoring of toxicant loads and fluxes.
3) 2000-2010: I work with Dr. John Reynolds, a marine mammalogist at Mote Marine Laboratory and Chairman of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, to assess fatty acids in a variety of marine mammal tissues.   In the Arctic, this work involves veterinarians, toxicologists, and Native hunters as well.  Our goal is to determine how well fatty acids in blubber reflect feeding ecology and how changes in fatty acid constituents may reflect stress.   4) 2001-2004: In light of concerns among many scientists about the extent to which seasonal hypoxia of Charlotte Harbor waters affects dynamics and productivity of the Harbor, as well as concerns about the extent to which anthropogenic activities may exacerbate hypoxia, we tested the dated sediment cores chemically/isotopically to determine the extent to which hypoxia occurred historically.
   5) 2002-2010: Working with Dr. Todd O’Hara (veterinarian, University of Alaska), Drs. Craig George and Robert Suydam (North Slope Burough) other scientists, and Native hunters and other leaders to assess the extent to which PAHs occur in marine mammals consumed by the subsistence culture of the Inupiat people. Our goal is both to perform good scientific research and to develop outreach programs regarding nutrition and health for the Native community of the North Slope
6) 2008-2010:  Collaborations with Drs. Bill Roudebouch (University of Charleston), Kevin Bruehl (East Tennessee State University Medical School) and Mark Viant (Director of the United Kingdom Biomarker Laboratory) on the development of biomarkers of exposure on marine organisms.

Don Aurand Ph.D.  Ecosystems Management and Associates
Gregg Brooks Ph.D.  Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
Craig George  Northslope Burough, Department of Wildlife Service, Barrow, AK
Charles Johnson, Alaska Nanuuq Commission, Nome, AK
Charles McKenney Jr. Ph.D.  US EPA
Todd O’Hara, Ph.D.  University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
Richard Pierce Ph.D. Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
Gary Rand, Ph.D.  Florida International University, Miami, FL
J.E. Reynolds Ph.D.  Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
Teri Rowles, Ph.D.  National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington, DC
Scott Schliebe, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK
Michael Shirley Ph.D. Rookery Bay NERR, FL
E.S. Van Vleet Ph.D. University of South Florida
Gediminas Vidugieris, Ph.D. Mitoscan Corporation
Randall Wells Ph.D.  Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
Cheryl Woodley Ph.D. NOS Charleston, SC
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