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., School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 1999
M.S., Marine Sciences, University of South Carolina, 1993
B.S., Biochemistry, Lebanon Valley College, 1990

Research Interests

  • Describing and understanding the distribution and effect of contaminants in coastal and marine environments
  • The fate and effects of fluorinated compounds (i.e. PFOS) as well as those compounds that may be used as PFAS replacements
  • The impacts of oil and petroleum-related products on coastal ecosystems
  • Monitoring chemical pollutants (legacy chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls and chlorinated pesticides as well as contemporary chemicals of concern) in coastal watersheds and managed ecosystems

Current and planned research projects

  • Toxicity of PFAS-Free aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) used in fire suppression
  • Benthic toxicity testing of a variety of individual PFAS substances


  • Dziobak, M. K., Wells, R. S., Pisarski, E. C., Wirth, E. F., & Hart, L. B. (2021). Demographic assessment of mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) and monoethyl phthalate (MEP) concentrations in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Sarasota Bay, FL, USA. GeoHealth, 5, e2020GH000348. https://doi. org/10.1029/2020GH000348 
  • DeLorenzo, ME; PB Key; KW Chung; K Aaby; D Hausman, C Jean, PL Pennington, EC Pisarski, EF Wirth. (2021). Multi-stressor effects of ultraviolet light, temperature, and salinity on Louisiana Sweet Crude oil toxicity in larval estuarine organisms". Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 80(2):461-473. DOI 10.1007/s00244-021-00809-3
  • Pisarski, EC;  EF Wirth; PL Pennington; SI Hartwell; BS Shaddrix; DR Whitall; DA Apeti; G Baker. (2021). Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI 10.1007/s11356-021-12896-9. (Currently online)
  • Finkelstein, K; EF Wirth; KW Chung; BS Shaddrix; EC Pisarski; C Rios. (2020)  Acute PCB Benthic Invertebrate Toxicity Testing to Support the 2017 Chronic Dose-Response Injury Model. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (short communication). DOI 10.1002/etc.4997 (Currently online)
  • Hart, LB; M Dziobak; EC Pisarski; EF Wirth; RS Wells. 2020 Sentinels of synthetics – a comparison of phthalate exposure between common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and human reference populations.  PLoS. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0240506 (15Oct2020)