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Steven Christopher

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.725.4872


Ph.D., 1998, Clemson University

Research Interests

  •  Development and application of high accuracy analytical methodologies for the determination of trace elements in marine biological matrices

Current and Planned Research Projects

        • developing analytical methods for the determination of trace elements in clinical and marine samples (including marine mammals)
        • source tracking of contaminants in the environment
        • measurement of trace elements in hard substances such as teeth and bone
        • chemical speciation of metal-containing dietary supplements


                          • Bryan C. E., Davis W. C., McFee W. E., Neumann C., Bossart G. D., Christopher S. J.  Influence of mercury and selenium chemistries on the progression of cardiomyopathy in pygmy sperm whales, Kogia breviceps. Environmental Health Perspectives, 2011 (Submitted).
                          • Christopher, S. J., Kilpatrick, E. L., Yu, L. L., Davis, W. C., Adair, B. M.  Evaluation of a Microwave Assisted Metal-Labeling Strategy for Quantification of Peptides via RPLC-ICP-MS and the Method of Standard Additions. Talanta, 2011 (Submitted).
                          • Sander, L. C.; Long, S. E.; Christopher, S. J.; Day, R. D.; Murphy, K. E.; Baer, I.; de la Calle, B.; Verbist, I.; Vendelbo, D.; Emteborg, H.; Taylor, P., IMEP-28: Total Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and Mercury in Food Supplements. JRC Scientific and Technical Reports 2010, 40 pp.
                          • Bryan, C.E., Christopher, S.J., Schwacke, L., McFee, W., Wells R. S., Application of ICP-MS to Examining the Utility of Skin as a Monitoring Tissue for Trace Elements in Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops Truncatus. Open Chemical and Biomedical Methods Journal, 2010, 3, 169-178.
                          • Bienfang, P., De Carlo, E. H., Christopher, S. J., DeFelice, S., Moeller, P. Trace Element Concentrations in Coastal Hawaiian Waters. Marine Chemistry 2009, 113, Issue 3-4, 164-171.