Ed Wirth

Chemical Contaminants Research Lead

Address: Hollings Marine Laboratory, 331 Fort Johnson Road
Phone: 843.460.9782
E-mail: Ed.Wirth@noaa.gov
Personal Website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/hcd/hcd.htm


Ph.D., 1999, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • environmental toxicology

Current and planned research projects

  • analytical detection of chemical contaminants in the environment
  • development of protocols to detect emerging chemical contaminants
  • contaminant effects on vertebrate and invertebrate aquatic animals
  • reproductive/life cycle assessments of invertebrates
  • development of protocols to measure physiologically-important chemicals
  • sediment toxicity tests utilizing benthic and pelagic animals


  • Fulton, M.H., Key, P.B., Wirth, E.F., Leight, A.K., Daugomah, J., Bearden, D., Sivertsen, S., Scott, G.I. 2006. An Evaluation of Contaminated Estuarine Sites Using Sediment Quality Guidelines and Ecological Assessment Methodologies. Ecotoxicology. 15(7):573-581.
  • Key, P.B., Wirth, E.F., Fulton, M.H. 2006. The Use of Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes spp., as a Bioindicator of Anthropogenic Impacts. Environmental Bioindicators. 1:115-128.
  • Wirth, EF; Pennington, PL; Lawton, JC; DeLorenzo, ME; Bearden, D; Shaddrix, B; Sivertsen, S; Fulton, MH. 2004. The effects of the contemporary-use insecticide (fipronil) in an estuarine mesocosm. Environmental Pollution. 131(3):365-371.
  • Volz, DC; Wirth, EF; Fulton, MH; Scott, GI; Block, DS; Chandler, GT. Accepted 8/2002. Endocrine-mediated effects of UV radiation and endosulfan on growth and reproduction of the grass shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio. Comp. Biochem. Physiol.
  • Wirth, EF; Lund SL; Fulton MH; Scott, GI. 2002. Reproductive alterations in adult grass shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio, following chronic endosulfan exposure. Aquatic Toxicology. 59:93-99.