The integrated mission of the Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology (EMT) is to educate students in the toxicological sciences, to conduct research on the effects of chemicals and other agents on humans and the environment and to engage the public through extension and outreach. The EMT Department focuses on creating, disseminating, and applying new knowledge to enhance the treatment and prevention of human disease and to ensure the protection of the environment and public health.

Spatial-Temporal Patterns of Microplastic Ingestion by Black Rockfish Off the Oregon Coast

“Plastic is all around us in our day to day life, but how much plastic is in the ocean? Are plastics found within fish? In this project we are looking for microplastics within the important black rockfish species. Black rockfish are being caught by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and charters in Newport. The digestive tract is dissected from the fish and then the tract is dissected too.... All suspected plastics are collected and will be analyzed via FTIR to determine whether the suspected piece is actual plastic or natural.

Working with Dr. Susanne Brander in her EMT lab has been a truly amazing experience. I have only been at OSU for 5 months, and I have already learned so much from her about plastics, the oceans, and new science techniques. She is new to Corvallis, and already so active within the community. Her lab is welcoming, and she is always available to answer questions!”

--Katherine Lasdin
--Master's Student
--Fisheries Science

"I am a Ph.D. student in the Horticulture Department and I have been doing my research in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology since 2016. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of Dr. Jennifer Field's Lab which allows me to tailor my scientific skills for my future career. The scientific environment in this lab helped me to improve my knowledge and analytical skills. In addition, working with friendly and supportive colleagues in the lab and interacting with highly-skilled scientists through the department is a huge advantage that the department offers for its students."

--Serhan Mermer
--Ph.D. Student