Marsha C. Black

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Associate Professor

Room 148 Environmental Health Science Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2102

Phone: 
706.542.0998
Fax: 
706.542.7472
Educational Background: 
A.B., Comprehensive Science, Converse College
Ph.D., Ecology, University of Tennessee
Post-doc, Aquatic toxicology, University of Joensuu (Finland)
Area of Specialty: 

• Aquatic Ecotoxicology
• Pharmaceuticals
• Nanomaterials

Research Interests: 

• Toxicity of emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials) as single compounds and in mixtures in model and native aquatic organisms
• Roles of natural organic matter (NOM) and co-contaminants in modulating toxicity of carbon nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals
• Biomarkers indicating exposure and effects of emerging contaminants
• Linkages between land use and contaminant accumulation and effects in freshwater bivalves and native and artificial oyster beds
• Enantioselective toxicity of chiral chemicals

Professional Affiliations: 

• Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

Honors and Awards: 

• Teaching Award of Merit, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (1999)
• Spirit of Environmental Health Award, Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (2005)
• Excellence in Service Award, College of Public Health (2013)
• University of Georgia Senior Teaching Fellow (2013-14)
• University of Georgia Teaching Academy, Class of 2013

Selected Publications: 

Pharmaceuticals

Henry, TB, J-W Kwon, KL Armbrust, and MC Black. 2004. Acute and chronic toxicity of five selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in Ceriodaphnia dubia. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23:2229-2233.

Henry, TB and MC Black. 2007. Mixture and single-substance acute toxicity of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in Ceriodaphnia dubia. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26:1751-1755.

Henry, TB and MC Black. 2008. Acute and chronic toxicity of fluoxetine (SSRI) in western mosquitofish. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 54:325-330.

Conners, DE, ER Rogers, KA Armbrust, J-W Kwon and MC Black. 2009. Growth and development of tadpoles (Xenopus laevis) exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, fluoxetine and sertraline, throughout metamorphosis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28:2671-2676.

Goolsby, E, C Mason, J Wojcik, A Jordan, MC Black. 2013. Acute and chronic effects of diphenhydramine and sertraline mixtures in Ceriodaphnia dubia. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:2866-2869.

In-Situ Biomonitoring with Bivalves

Shoults-Wilson, WA, JT Peterson, JM Unrine, J Rickard, MC Black. 2009. The Asian clam Corbicula fluminea as a biomonitor of trace element contamination: Accounting for natural sources of variation using a hierarchical model. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28:2224-2232.

Shoults-Wilson, WA, JM Unrine, J Rickard, MC Black. 2010. Comparison of metal concentrations in Corbicula fluminea and Elliptio hopetonensis in the Altamaha River System Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29:2026-2033.

Shoults-Wilson, WA, L Seymour, JM Unrine, JN Wisniewski, MC Black. 2014. Investigating the archives: Improving data resolution and statistical rigor in the analysis of bivalve shells. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts 16:247-255.

Enantioselective Toxicity of Chiral Compounds

Konwick, BJ, AT Fisk, AW Garrison, JK Avants and MC Black. 2005. Acute enantioselective toxicity of fipronil and its desulfinyl photoproduct to Ceriodaphnia dubia. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 24:2350-2355.

Konwick, BJ, AW Garrison, MC Black, JK Avants, and AT Fisk. 2006. Bioaccumulation, biotransformation, and metabolite formation of fipronil and chiral legacy pesticides in rainbow trout. Environmental Science and Technology 40:2930-2936.

Overmyer JP, DR Rouse, AW Garrison, JK Avants, ME DeLorenzo, KW Chung, PB Key, WA Wilson, MC Black. 2007. Toxicity of fipronil and its enantiomers to marine and freshwater non-targets. Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part B 42:471-480.

Wilson, WA, BJ Konwick, AW Garrison, JK Avants, MC Black. 2008. Enantioselective chronic toxicity of fipronil to Ceriodaphnia dubia. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 54:36-43.

Baird, S, A Garrison, J Jones, J Avants, R Bringolf, M Black. 2013. Enantioselective toxicity and bioaccumulation of fipronil in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) following water and sediment exposures. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:222-227.

Courses Taught: 

• EHSC 4400/6400 Environmental Issues in the Developing World
• EHSC 4610/6610 Water Pollution and Human Health
• EHSC 8010 Advanced Topics in Environmental Health Science I
• EHSC 8610 Aquatic Toxicology

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