Pat Fair

NOAA/National Ocean Service, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research

Address: 219 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.460.9848


Ph.D., 1992, Clemson University
M.S., 1977, University of Maryland

Research Interests

                            • effects of environmental contaminants, emerging diseases and stressors on the health of marine mammals

                            Current and planned research projects

                            • conduct integrative health assessment and surveillance of bottlenose dolphins to determine potential biological impacts in relation to various natural and anthropogenic stressors
                            • examine persistent organic contaminants and their profiles, temporal and spatial trends in bottlenose dolphins to determine impacts/role of contaminants in health and disease
                            • evaluate bioaccumulation of contaminants in marine mammals and the application of marine mammals as sentinels to advance our understanding of ecosystem perturbations
                            • investigate the potential toxic and immunological effects and endocrine disruption of contaminants on marine mammals using surrogate models and in vitro systems


                                                          • Fair, P.A., H-B Lee, J. Adams, C. Darling, G. Pacepavicius, M. Alaee, G.D. Bossart, N. Henry, D. Muir. 2009. Occurrence of Triclosan in Plasma of Wild Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and in their Environment. Environ. Poll. 157:2248-2254.
                                                          • Reif, J.S., P.A. Fair, B. Joseph, D.K. Kilpatrick, R. Sanchez, J.D. Goldstein, J. Adams, S.D. McCulloch, M. Mazzoil, E. Zolman, L.J. Hansen, and G.D. Bossart. 2008. Health status of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Indian River Lagoon, FL and Charleston, SC. J. Am. Vet. Assoc. 233:299-307.
                                                          • Adams, J., M. Houde, D. Muir, G.D. Bossart, P.A. Fair. 2008. Land use and the spatial distribution of perfluoroalkyl compounds as measured in the plasma of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Mar. Environ. Res. 66:430-43.
                                                          • Mollenhauer, M.A.M., B. J. Carter, M. M. Peden-Adams, G. D. Bossart, P. A. Fair. 2008. Gene expression changes in bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, skin cells following exposure to methyl mercury (MeHg) or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Aquatic Tox. 9:10-18.
                                                          • Fair, P.A., G. Mitchum, T.C. Hulsey, J. Adams, E. Zolman, W. McFee, E. Wirth, G.D. Bossart. 2007. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in blubber of free-ranging bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from two southeast Atlantic Coastal Areas. Archives of Environ. Contam. & Toxicol. 53:483-494.