Ecotoxicology and Environmental Stress

The Brander lab’s research encompasses the fields of toxicology, endocrinology, and ecology; integrating molecular approaches with measurements at the organism and population level. Our main focus is on the effects of stressors such as emerging pollutants such as micro/nanoplastics and pesticides, as well as changing climate on aquatic organisms, but our work spans the links between ecological and human health.

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Susanne Brander

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 Phone: 541-737-5413


Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences



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In the News

Opinion: Recycling isn’t working. Oregon should lead the way in curbing plastics use. - The Oregonaian (2023)

OSU researchers estimate gray whales consume millions of microparticles each dayThe Daily Barometer (2023)

Oregon's gray whales are ingesting 'shockingly high' numbers of microparticles, study finds - KGW (2023)

Poop, prey, pollution: OSU researchers estimate whales off Oregon Coast consume millions of microparticles daily - KTVZ (2023)

Microplastics in megafauna: OSU study looks at toxins in gray whales' diet - KLCC (2023)

Study shows Oregon Coast gray whales consume millions of harmful bits of plastic, clothing - Oregon Capital Chronicle (2023)

Study shows Oregon Coast gray whales consume millions of harmful bits of plastic, clothing - The Spokesman-Review (2023)

Whales are being hurt by microplastics, OSU study says - KGW (2023)

Gray Whales Forage Sea Floor in Oregon, Consume 21 Million Microparticles a Day - Nature World News (2023)

Gray whales eating millions of microparticles per day - The Science Daily (2023)

Mussel poop may help clear oceans of microplastics – Science (2023)

Looking beyond microplastics, Oregon State researchers find that cotton and synthetic microfibers impact behavior and growth of aquatic organisms - Scienmag (2023)

How Do Microplastics Impact Aquatic Environments? | Exploring The Current Plastic Crisis - Finding Genius Podcast (2023)

Foam dock floats, laundry filters, hotel shampoo amongst newest bids to reduce plastic pollution - NW News Network (2023)

Northwest scientists study source of pervasive plastic pollution - Oregon Capital Chronicle (2022)

Global plastic treaty should address chemicals - Science (2022) PDF Version

Leading plastics scientists call for inclusion of all associated chemicals in global plastics treaty - (2022)

California Leads the World in Testing Drinking Water for Microplastics - Pew Trusts (2022)

California set to become first state to test drinking water for microplastics - San Francisco Chronicle (2022)

The search for the source of plastic pollution - Grist (2022)

Op-Ed: Closing the Plastic Tap - Environmental Health News (2022)

To stop plastic pollution, we must stop plastic production, scientists say - South Africa Today (2022)

A global plastic treaty must cap production - Science (2022) PDF Version

Scientists call for cap on production to end plastic pollution - (2022)

Tiny micro-plastics huge environmental problem for rivers, ocean, researchers say - Ohio Capital Journal (2022)

Interview with Cheri Brubaker - KNPT Radio (2022)

Tiny particles, huge environmental problem: Micro-plastics found not only in the sea but in the Neuse River Basin - NC Policy Watch (2022)

Oregon State University scientists find tiny tire particles can harm aquatic life Oregon Public Broadcasting (2022)

Microplastics from car tires are choking out life in freshwater ecosystems - Salon (2022)

Tire particles trigger swimming abnormalities, death in fish and shrimp - New Atlas (2022)

Scientists: US needs to support a strong global agreement to curb plastic pollution - Environmental Health News (2022)

West Coast Salmonids All Tired Out? - (2022)

A food chain mystery - Oregon Stater (Winter 2022)

Salt marshes keep score on humanity’s plastic problem - Popular Science (2021)

Picture of Chesapeake microplastics grows clearer - Bay Journal (2021)

The Next Threat For California’s Ocean Habitats: Microplastics - Forbes (2021)

Report urges California to act to protect marine ecosystems against microplastics - (2021)

Chemical Impact: Microplastic pollution more complex than we think, says new research - Michigan Radio (2021)

Premature or precautionary? California is first to tackle microplastics in drinking water - CalMatters (2021)

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later - Environmental Health News (2020)

Plastics are Messing with Fish Physiology - Hakai Magazine (2020)

Microplastics Research Project - OSU scientists take a closer look at how large-scale plastics break down in the environment - Oregon's Agricultural Progress (2020)

Scientist Mothers Face Extra Challenges in the Face of COVID-19 - Scientific American (2020)

Toxic forever-chemicals flow freely through this river, and now its fish - National Geographic (2020)

OSU researchers to use $3.3 million NSF grant to study impacts of tiny plastics on aquatic life - The Source, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences (2020)

Oregon State gets grant to study tiny plastics in waterways - KRDV (2019)

Microplastics "washing right out into the ocean," marine biologists say - CBS Morning Show (2019)

Plastic with your seafood? Same question goes for otters and orcas - KUOW (2019)

Research says you may be drinking microplastics with your tea. Should you worry? - Bicycling (2019)

The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires - Los Angeles Times (2019)

Highlight of People Behind the Science Interview - Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry MultiBrief (2019)

Dr. Susanne Brander: Examining the Effects of Environmental Stress on Fish and Aquatic Invertebrates - People Behind the Science Podcast (2019)

Little pieces, big problems - National Geographic (2019)

There's Microplastic Blowing in the Wind, Study Suggests - Earther (2019)

Science should be more helpful to new parents - Scientific American (2019)

Meet Our New SETAC North America Board Members - Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Globe (2019)

New Microplastic IG Keeping Busy with Workshops, Sessions and More - Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Globe (2019)

Perils and solutions around microplastics explored - Newport News Times (2019)

Hundreds gather for rise above plastic pollution day in Oregon - Surfrider Foundation Coastal Blog (2019)

Creatures in the deepest trenches of the sea are eating plastic - National Geographic (2019)

Blend of warmer water, chemical exposure influence gene expression across generations in a coastal fish - OSU Today (2019)

Interview - This Week in Science Podcast (2018)

Stop washing your gross used contact lenses down the drain - Earther (2018)

Clean Water Week Expert Panel Announcement - Coastal Review Online (2018)

To use or not to use? A local expert on our drinking water - WECT (2017)

Special Report: GenX, A Toxic Year - WHQR (2017)

Combination of warmer water, chemical exposure intensifies harmful effects in a coastal fish - (2017)