Ashley Boggs

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Road
Phone: 843.460.9789
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Ph.D., 2011, Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida

B.S., 2005, Zoology, University of Florida

Research Interests

  • Vertebrate endocrinology
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Multi-hormone assessment using mass spectrometry
  • Measurement method development using non-lethal and non-invasive sampling

Current research projects

  • Endocrine assessment of reproduction and stress in remotely collected blubber from marine mammals
  • Steroids in fish mucus as an alternative method for brood stock assessment/selection
  • Thyroid disruption in the American alligator
  • Standardization and harmonization of endocrine measurements


  • Dalle Luche, G., A.S.P. Boggs, J.R. Kucklick, J. Groß, D.W. Hawker and S. Bengtson Nash (2020). Androstenedione and testosterone but not progesterone are potential biomarkers of pregnancy in Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) approaching parturition. Scientific Reports 10(1): 2954.
  • Galligan, T.M., A.S.P. Boggs, B.C. Balmer, T. Rowles, C.R. Smith, F. Townsend, R.S. Wells, N.M. Kellar, E.S. Zolman and L.H. Schwacke (2020). Blubber steroid hormone profiles as indicators of physiological state in free-ranging common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 239: 110583.
  • Boggs, A.S.P., J.M.Ragland, E.S. Zolman, T.S. Schock, J.S. Morey, T.M. Galligan, G. Dalle Luche, B.C. Balmer, R.S. Wells, J.R. Kucklick, L.H. Schwacke (2019) Remote blubber sampling paired with liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for steroidal endocrinology in free-ranging bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). General and Comparative Endocrinology 281, 164-172.
  • Galligan, T.M., B.C. Balmer, L.H. Schwacke, J.L. Bolton, B.M. Quigley, P.E. Rosel, G.M. Ylitalo and A.S.P. Boggs (2019). Examining the relationships between blubber steroid hormones and persistent organic pollutants in common bottlenose dolphins. Environmental Pollution 249: 982-991.
  • Dalle Luche, G., S. Bengtson Nash, J. R. Kucklick, F. M. J. Mingramm and A. S. P. Boggs (2019). Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for the quantification of steroid hormone profiles in blubber from stranded humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Conservation Physiology 7(1).
  • Palmer, K., J.T. Bangma, J.L. Reiner, R.K. Bonde, J.E. Korte; A.S.P. Boggs, J. Bowden (2019) Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in plasma of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus). Marine Pollution Bulletin 140, 610-615.
  • Galligan, T.M, L.H. Schwacke, W.E, McFee, A.S.P. Boggs (2018) Evidence for Stress Steroid Metabolism by Marine Mammal Blubber. Marine Biology. 165, 114
  • Boggs, A.S.P., T.B. Schock, L.H. Schwacke, T.M. Galligan, J.S. Morey, W.E. McFee, J.R. Kucklick, (2017) Rapid and reliable steroid hormone profiling in Tursiops truncatus blubber using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 409, 5019-5029.
  • Boggs, A.S.P., J.A. Bowden, T.M. Galligan, L.J. Guillette Jr., J.R. Kucklick (2016) Development of a Multi-class Steroid Hormone Screening Method using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 408, 4179-4190.
  • Boggs, A.S.P., H.J. Hamlin, J.C. Nifong, B.L. Kassim, R.H. Lowers, T.M. Galligan, S.E. Long, L.J. Guillette Jr. (2016) Urinary iodine and stable isotope analysis to examine habitat influences on thyroid hormones among coastal dwelling American alligators. General and Comparative Endocrinology 226, 5-13.