Michael Stoddard Henry was a Staff Scientist who passed away on May 9, 2018, after years of dedication to advancing many of Mote’s highest priority studies in the field of ecotoxicology. Mike's dedication to his work was complemented by his unconditional friendliness, humor, positive presence and love of his family and friends.
Since Mike joined Mote as a Staff Chemist in 1987, his efforts have been essential to the institution's field and lab studies on the fate and effects of toxic substances impacting marine species and ecosystems critical to Florida and the planet. Mike thrived at Mote and took on new roles of increasing impact, ultimately serving as a Staff Scientist in the Ecotoxicology Program. All the while, he powered Mote's progress toward numerous key discoveries, particularly in the Lab's efforts to understand and respond strategically to the challenge of Florida red tide
Mote's Ecotoxicology Program assesses what toxic substances are found in the marine environment, their sources, fate and effects. Mike was involved with extensive field studies backed up by controlled laboratory studies that addressed chemical changes and metabolic products produced by marine organisms exposed to toxins. A major focus of the program has been the analysis of natural biotoxins and pesticides in water, air and marine animals, providing information required to understand how marine life and humans are exposed to biotoxins and in what amounts.
B.S. Chemistry, University of Florida
R. H. Pierce, M. S. Henry, L. S. Proffitt and A. J. deRosset. 1992. Evaluation of solid sorbents for the recovery of polyether toxins (brevetoxins) in seawater. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Volume 49, Number 4 / October.
Yousheng Hua ; Wenzhe Lu; Henry M. S. ; Pierce R.H. ; Cole R.B. 1995. On-line high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for the determination of brevetoxins in red tide algae. Analytical chemistry, vol. 67, no11, pp. 1815-1823
Leighfield T.A.; Henry M.S.; Pierce R.H.; Van Dolah F.M.; Zhou J. Receptor binding assay and HPLC analysis of brevetoxins in organisms exposed to a Florida red tide. 1996. Toxicon, Volume 34, Number 3, March, pp. 336-336(1)
Yousheng Hua, Wenzhe Lu, Michael S. Henry, Richard H. Pierce and Richard B. Cole. 1996. On-line liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for determination of the brevetoxin profile in natural "red tide" algae blooms. Journal of Chromatography. Volume 750, Issues 1-2, 25 October, Pages 115-125
Kirkpatrick, B., Hautamaki, R., Kane, T, Henry, M. 2001. A pilot study to explore the relationship of occupational exposure to Gymnodinium breve(dinophyceae) toxin and pulmonary function. Harmful Algal Blooms. pp. 447-450.
R. H. Pierce, M. S. Henry, P. C. Blum, J. Lyons, Y. S. Cheng, D. Yazzie and Y. Zhou. 2003. Brevetoxin Concentrations in Marine Aerosol: Human Exposure Levels During a Karenia brevis Harmful Algal Bloom 1Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA, 2Lovelace Respiratory Institute, 2425 Ridgecrest Southeast, Albuquerque, NM 87108, USA, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Volume 70, Number 1 / January.
Lorraine C. Backer, Lora E. Fleming, Alan Rowan, Yung-Sung Cheng, Janet Benson, Richard H. Pierce, Michael S. Henry, Julia Zaias, Judy Bean, Gregory D. Bossart, David Johnson, Raul Quimbo and Daniel G. Baden. 2003. Recreational exposure to aerosolized brevetoxins during Florida red tide events. Harmful Algae, Volume 2, Issue 1, March , Pages 19-28
Richard H. Pierce, Michael S. Henry, Christopher J. Higham, Patricia Blum, Mario R. Sengco and Donald M. Anderson. 2004. Removal of harmful algal cells (Karenia brevis) and toxins from seawater culture by clay flocculation. Harmful Algae, Volume 3, Issue 2, April, Pages 141-148
Yung Sung Cheng, Jacob D. Mcdonald, Dean Kracko, C. Mitch Irvin, Yue Zhou, Richard H. Pierce, Michael S. Henry, Andrea Bourdelaisa, Jerome Naar, and Daniel G. Baden. 2005. Concentration and Particle Size of Airborne Toxic Algae (Brevetoxin) Derived from Ocean Red Tide Events. Environ Sci Technol. May 15; 39(10): 3443-3449
Lora E. Fleming, Barbara Kirkpatrick, Lorraine C. Backer, Judy A. Bean, Adam Wanner, Dana Dalpra, Robert Tamer, Julia Zaias,Yung Sung Cheng, Richard Pierce, Jerome Naar, William Abraham, Richard Clark, Yue Zhou,Michael S. Henry, David Johnson, Gayl Van De Bogart, Gregory D. Bossart, Mark Harrington, and Daniel G. Baden. 2005. Initial Evaluation of the Effects of Aerosolized Florida Red Tide Toxins (Brevetoxins) in Persons with Asthma. Environmental Health Perspectives, VOLUME 113, NUMBER 5, May.
Lora E. Fleming, Barbara Kirkpatrick, Lorraine C. Backer,Judy A. Bean, Adam Wanner, Dana Dalpra, Robert Tamer, Julia Zaias, Yung Sung Cheng, Richard Pierce, Jerome Naar, William Abraham, Richard Clark, Yue Zhou, Michael S. Henry, David Johnson, Gayl Van De Bogart, Gregory D. Bossart, Mark Harrington, and Daniel G. Baden. 2005. Initial Evaluation of the Effects of Aerosolized Florida Red Tide Toxins (Brevetoxins) in Persons with Asthma. Environ Health Perspect. May; 113(5): 650-657.
Leanne J. Flewelling, Jerome P. Naar, Jay P. Abbott, Daniel G. Baden, Nélio B. Barros, Gregory D. Bossart, Marie-Yasmine D. Bottein, Daniel G. Hammond, Elsa M. Haubold, Cynthia A. Heil, Michael S. Henry, Henry M. Jacocks, Tod A. Leighfield, Richard H. Pierce, Thomas D. Pitchford, Sentiel A. Rommel, Paula S. Scott, Karen A. Steidinger, Earnest W. Truby, Frances M. Van Dolah, and Jan H. Landsberg. 2005. Red tides and marine mammal mortalities; Unexpected brevetoxin vectors may account for deaths long after or remote from an algal bloom Nature. June 9; 435(7043): 755-756
R.H. Pierce, M.S. Henry, P.C. Blum, S.L. Hamel, B. Kirkpatrick, Y.S. Cheng, Y. Zhou, C.M. Irvin, J. Naar, A. Weidner, L.E. Fleming, L.C. Backerand D.G. Baden 2005. Brevetoxin composition in water and marine aerosol along a Florida beach: Assessing potential human exposure to marine biotoxins. Harmful Algae, Volume 4, Issue 6, November, Pages 965-972
Ann Abraham, Steven M. Plakas, Zhihong Wang, Edward L.E. Jester, Kathleen R. El Said, Hudson R. Granade, Michael S. Henry, Patricia C. Blum, Richard H. Pierce and Robert W. Dickey. 2006. Characterization of polar brevetoxin derivatives isolated from Karenia brevis cultures and natural blooms. Toxicon, Volume 48, Issue 1, July, Pages 104-115
Spencer E. Fire, Deborah Fauquier, Leanne J. Flewelling, Michael Henry, Jerome Naar, Richard Pierce and Randall S. Wells. 2007 Brevetoxin exposure in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) associated with Karenia brevis blooms in Sarasota Bay, Florida. Marine Biology Volume 152, Number 4 / September.
Michael J. Twiner, Marie-Yasmine Bottein Dechraoui, Zhihong Wang, Christina M. Mikulski, Michael S. Henry, Richard H. Pierce and Gregory J. Doucette. Extraction and analysis of lipophilic brevetoxins from the red tide dinoflagellate Karenia brevis. 2007. Analytical Biochemistry, Volume 369, Issue 1, 1 October, Pages 128-135
Jerome P. Naar, Leanne J. Flewelling, Allison Lenzi, Jay P. Abbott, April Granholm, Henry M. Jacocks, Damon Gannon, Michael Henry, Richard Pierce, Daniel G. Baden, Jennifer Wolny and Jan H. Landsberg. 2007. Brevetoxins, like ciguatoxins, are potent ichthyotoxic neurotoxins that accumulate in fish.Toxicon, Volume 50, Issue 5, October, Pages 707-723
Lora E. Fleming, Barbara Kirkpatrick, Lorraine C. Backer, Judy A. Bean, Adam Wanner, Andrew Reich, Julia Zaias, Yung Sung Cheng, Richard Pierce,Michael Henry, Jerome Naar, William M. Abraham and Daniel G. Baden. Aerosolized Red-Tide Toxins (Brevetoxins) and Asthma. 2007.Chest;131;187-194
Spencer E. Fire, Leanne J. Flewelling, Jerome Naar, Michael J. Twiner,Michael S. Henry, Richard H. Pierce, Damon P. Gannon, Zhihong Wang, Leigh Davidson, Randall S. Wells. Prevalence of brevetoxins in prey fish of bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida. 2008. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES Vol. 368: 283-294.
Richard Pierce, Michael Henry and Patricia Blum. Brevetoxin abundance and composition during ECOHAB-Florida field monitoring cruises in the Gulf of Mexico. 2008. Continental Shelf Research, Volume 28, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 45-58
R. H. Pierce and M. S. Henry. Harmful algal toxins of the Florida red tide (Karenia brevis): natural chemical stressors in South Florida coastal ecosystems. 2008. Ecotoxicology; Volume 17, Number 7 / October.
Catherine J. Walsh, Stephanie R. Leggett, Michael S. Henry, Patricia C. Blum, Shannon Osborn and Richard H. Pierce. 2009. Cellular metabolism of brevetoxin (PbTx-2) by a monocyte cell line (U-937). Toxicon, Volume 53, Issue 1, January, Pages 135-145
Yung Sung Cheng, Yue Zhou, Richard H. Pierce, Mike Henry and Daniel G. Baden. 2010. Characterization of Florida red tide aerosol and the temporal profile of aerosol concentration. Toxicon; 55 922-929
Cliff Ross, Raphael Ritson-Williams, Richard Pierce , J. Bradley Bullington ,Michael Henry, Valerie J. Paul. 2010. Effects of the Florida red tide dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis, on oxidative stress and metamorphosis of larvae of the coral Porites astreoides. Harmful Algae 9 173-179
Barbara Kirkpatrick, Richard Pierce, Yung Sung Cheng, Michael S. Henry, Patricia Blum, Shannon Osborn, Kate Nierenberg, Bradley A. Pederson, Lora E. Fleming, Andrew Reich, Jerome Naar, Gary Kirkpatrick, Lorraine C. Backer, Daniel Baden. 2010. Inland transport of aerosolized Florida red tide toxins. Harmful Algae 9 186-189
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