Environmental Laboratory for Forensics

Dr. Dana Wetzel

Dr. Dana Wetzel

Senior Scientist

Education

Ph.D. Marine Science, University of South Florida
M.S. Marine Science, University of South Florida
B.S. Biochemistry/Nutrition, Texas A&M University

Publications

Wetzel, D.L., P.M. Sherblom, E.S. Van Vleet, R.H. Pierce, M.S. Henry and D. Kelley.  Environmental distribution of oil-related hydrocarbons following a spill of No. 6 fuel oil in Tampa Bay. 1994. Proceedings, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Oil Spills in Coastal Ecosystems: Assessing Effects, Natural Recovery and Progress in Remediation Research Conference, 14-15 July, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Levings, S.C., S.D. Garrity, E.S. Van Vleet and D.L. Wetzel. 1997. Sublethal injury to red mangroves two years after oiling.  Proceedings, International Oil Spill Conference, 7-10 April, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 1998. The Fate of Bunker C Fuel Oil Following a Spill in a Subtropical Marine Environment.  Proceedings, Latin American Conference on Contaminated Soil and Water Conference 20-24 May, Quito, Ecuador.

Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2001.  Cooperative Studies on the toxicity of dispersants and dispersed oil to marine organisms: A three-year Florida Study. Proceedings, International Oil Spill Conference, 26-29 March, 2001, Tampa, Florida.

Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2003.  Persistence of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contamination in Sediments of the Canals in Venice, Italy: 1995 and 1998.  Marine Pollution Bulletin.  46:1015-1023.

Pierce, R.H., D.L. Wetzel and E.D Estevez. 2004.  Charlotte Harbor Initiative: Assessing the Ecological Health of Southwest Florida’s Charlotte, Harbor Estuary.  Ecotoxicology.13:275-284.

Reynolds, III, J.E., D.L. Wetzel, and R.S. Wells.  2004.  Fatty acids in bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) milk differ significantly from those in maternal and calf blubber: evidence using a novel approach.  Proceedings, 18th Conference of the European Cetacean Society, 28-31 March 2004, Kolmården, Sweden.

Wetzel, D.L., and J.E. Reynolds, III.  2004.  Definitive identification of fatty acid constituents in marine mammal tissues.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 61:554-560.

Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2004. Accumulation and Distribution of Petroleum Hydrocarbons found in Mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) in the Canals of Venice, Italy.  Marine Pollution Bulletin. 48:927-936.

O’Hara, T., P. Hoekstra, C. Hanns, D. Muir, D. Wetzel, and J. Reynolds. 2004. A preliminary assessment of the nutritive value of select tissues from the bowhead whale based on suggested nutrient daily intakes.  International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee Report SC/56/E2:1-19.

Cheng, Y.S., T.A. Villareal, Y. Zhou, J. Gao, R.H. Pierce, D.Wetzel, J.Naar and D.G. Baden.  2005.  Characterization of red tide aerosol on the Texas Coast.  Harmful Algae. 4:87-94.

Reynolds, J.E., III, D. L. Wetzel,  and T. M. O’Hara.2006   Omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids in blubber of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus): health implications for subsistence-level cultures.  Arctic.  59(2):155-164.

Downs, C.A.,J.E. Fauth, D.Wetzel, P. Hallock, J.F.Halas, R. Curry and C.M. Woodley. 2006. Investigating Coral Reef Degradation at Alina’s Reef in the Florida Keys: Cellular Physiology of White Grunt (Haemulon plumieri) as a Biological Indicator.  Environmental Forensics. 7:1-18.

Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet.2005.  Cooperative Aquatic Toxicity Testing of Dispersed Oil and the “Chemical Response to Oil Spills: Ecological Effects Research Forum (CROSERF).  Aurand and Coelho (eds.). Ecosystem Management & Associates, Inc. Lusby, MD.  Tech. Report 07-03. 105pp,

O’Hara, T., P. Hoeskstra, C. Rosa, L. Dehn, D. Muir, V. Woshner, J. Wise, G. Ylitalo, D. Wetzel and G. Bratton.  In Review. Bowhead whale contaminants: A review of current state of knowledge and possible future research directions. Arctic.

Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet.  In Prep. The efficacy of using semipermeable membrane devices as surrogates for the bivalve Mytilis galloprovincialis in assessing bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the canals of Venice, Italy. Environmental Science and Technology.

Wetzel, D.L., J. E. Reynolds, III, and J. Sprinkel. In review.  Analysis and heterogeneity of bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) fatty acids.  Marine Mammal Science.

Wetzel, D.L., J. E. Reynolds, III, J. Sprinkel, and R. S. Wells. In review.  Fatty acids in blubber of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Sarasota, Bay, Florida:  Diversity, inter-annual variation, and similarities between mothers and their calves.  Marine Biology.

Wetzel, D.L., J. E. Reynolds, III, J. M. Sprinkel, L. Schwacke, P. Mercurio and S. A. Rommel. In review.  Fatty acid signature analysis as a potential forensic tool for Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Marine Mammal Science.

George, J.C., D.L. Wetzel, T.M. O’Hara, R.LeDuc, J.E. Reynolds, III, and L. Dehn.   In prep.   Preliminary Analysis of Ancient Bowhead Whale Blubber from Gambel, Alaska or Ancient Maktak: What does it tell us? Nature.

Wetzel, D.L., Reynolds,J.E. and Christie,W.W. (2007). Identification of fatty acids by picolinyl ester derivatives. Marine Mammal Sci., 23(4): 989-990.

Delgado, G., Glazer R. and Wetzel, D.L. 2007. The Effects of Pesticides on Conch Embryos and Larvae. The Conch Horn Vol.3 (1). Florida FWC Conch Research and Restoration Program.

Wetzel, D.L., E. Pulster, and J.E. Reynolds, III.  In press.  Organic contaminants and sirenians.  IN:  Hines, E., J.E. Reynolds, III, A. A. Mignucci-Giannoni, L. V. Aragones, and M. Marmontel (eds.).  Sirenian Conservation: Issues and Strategies in Developing Countries.  University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Wetzel, D.L., J. E. Reynolds, III, J. M. Sprinkel, L. Schwacke, P. Mercurio and  S. A. Rommel. 2010. Fatty acid signature analysis as a potential forensic tool for Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Science of the Total Environment 408:6124-6133.

George, J.C., D.L. Wetzel, L. Dehn, T.M. O’Hara, T.M. Robertson, R.G. LeDuc, and J.E. Reynolds, III. In prep. An Analysis of Ancient Bowhead WhaleMangtak from Gambell Alaska: What can it tell us?  Nature

Wilson, R.C., J. E. Reynolds III, D. L. Wetzel, L. Schweirzke-Wade, R. K. Bonde, K. F. Breuel and W. E. Roudebush..  2011.  Secretion of anti-Mullerian hormone in the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) with implications for assessing conservation status. Endangered Species Research. 14:107-112.

Crespo, E.A., M. Borobia, D. Alarcon, M. Alonso, M.Bazzalo, M.Cremer, G.Filla, F. A. Magalhães, J. Marigo, H. Queiróz, J. E. Reynolds, III, Y. Schaeffer, D.L. Wetzel.  2011.  Report of the sub-group on major threats to and conservation. Special Volume on the Biology and Conservation of Neotropical Dolphins of the Genus Sotalia.  Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 8(1-2):47-56.

Wetzel, D.L., E. Pulster, and J.E. Reynolds, III.  In press 2012. Organic contaminants and sirenians.  IN:  Hines, E., J.E. Reynolds, III, A. A. Mignucci-Giannoni, L. V. Aragones, and M. Marmontel (eds.). Sirenian Conservation: Issues and Strategies in Developing Countries. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Awards & Honors

1993 Lee County School District, Florida. Award recipient for innovative interdisciplinary program creation-Estero River Project.
1995 Selected for “Top 100 Science and Math Teachers in the United States.” Tandy Corporation
1998 Gulf Oceanographic Charitable Trust Fellowship Recipient. University of South Florida, College of Marine Science.
1999 Robert M. Garrels Fellowship Recipient.  University of South Florida, College of Marine Science.