Pete Key

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

Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, NOAA, 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.460.9661


Ph.D., 1995, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • environmental toxicology

Current and planned research projects

  • effects of pesticides and pharmaceuticals on vertebrate and invertebrate aquatic animal enzyme systems
  • toxicology of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, metals and PAHs in crustaceans and fish
  • sediment toxicity tests utilizing benthic and pelagic aquatic animals
  • detecting nonpoint source runoff effects on estuarine ecosystems


  • S. Baxter, M. DeLorenzo, P. Key, K. Chung, B. Beckingham, M. Fulton. 2018. Toxicity Comparison of the Shoreline Cleaners Accell Clean and PES-51 in Two Life Stages of the Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25 (11):10926-10936.
  • M. DeLorenzo, P. Key, K. Chung, E. Pisarski, B. Shaddrix, E.Wirth, P. Pennington, J. Wade, M. Franco, M.  Fulton. 2018. Comparative Toxicity of Two Chemical Dispersants and Dispersed Oil in Estuarine Organisms. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 74:414-430.
  • M. DeLorenzo, B. Evans, K. Chung, P. Key, M. Fulton. 2017. Effects of Salinity on Oil Dispersant Toxicity in the Eastern mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 24: 21476-21483.
  • P. B. Key, S. McLaughlin. 2016. Marine Debris Impacts on Coastal and Benthic Habitats. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program. Silver Spring, MD: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program.
  • P. B. Key, K. W. Chung, C. L. Cooksey, M. E. DeLorenzo, M. H. Fulton, D. I. Greenfield, T. W. Greig, J. L. Hyland, J.L., B. C. Nelson, V. Patel, P. L. Pennington, E. J.  Petersen, and E. F. Wirth. 2014. Assessment of crude oil and a dispersant in a simulated Spartina alterniflora salt marsh ecosystem.  NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 186. 89 pp. National Ocean Service. National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Silver Spring, MD. 
  • M. Fulton, P. Key, M. DeLorenzo. 2013.Insecticide toxicity in fish. In: Organic chemical toxicology of fishes. K. Tierney, A. Farrell, C. Brauner, eds. Academic Press: London.  2014; 309-368.
  • P. Key, E. Simonik, N. Kish, K. Chung, M. Fulton. 2013. Differences in response of two model estuarine crustaceans after lethal and sublethal exposures to chlorpyrifos. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B. 48(11): 967-973.
  • P. Key, K. Chung, J. Hoguet, Y. Sapozhnikova, M. DeLorenzo. 2011. Toxicity of the mosquito control insecticide phenothrin to three life stages of the grass shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio). Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B. 46 (5): 426-431.
  • P. Key, B. West, P. Pennington, J. Daugomah, M. Fulton. 2011. Effects of land use and physicochemical water quality on grass shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio, and its parasitic isopod, Probopyrus pandalicola, in South Carolina, USA tidal creeks. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 125. 35pp.
  • P. Key, K. Chung, J. Venturella, B. Shaddrick, M. Fulton. 2010. Acute effects of endosulfan sulfate on three life stages of grass shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B. 45 (1): 53-57.