Dr. Pierce joined Mote as a Senior Scientist in 1981 to develop research into the fate and effects of toxic substances in the aquatic environment. At Mote, Dr, Pierce has served as Interim Co-Director, 1983-84; Associate Director, 1985-89; Director of Research, 1989-98; Director, Center for Ecotoxicology, 1998-2012; and Associate Vice President for Research, 2012 present. Dr. Pierce remains actively involved with research as Principal Investigator for multiple interdisciplinary research projects. He has more than 60 peer reviewed publications on this research and he remains involved with students as Courtesy Graduate Faculty at the Univ. of South FL, College of Marine Science and FL Gulf Coast Univ. College of Arts and Sciences.
BA, Chemistry, University of South Florida
MS, Chemistry, University of South Florida
Ph.D., Chemical Oceanography, Univ. Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, URI, Plant Pathology
2007 Fire, S.F., L.J. Flewelling, J. Naar, M.S. Henry, R.H. Pierce, R.S. Wells. Brevetoxin exposure in bottle nose dolphins (Tursiops truncates) associated with Karenia brevis blooms in Sarasota Bay, Florida. Mar. Biol. 152: 827-834. 2007 Fleming, L.E., B. Kirkjpatrick, L.C. Backer, R.H.Pierce, Et al. Aerosolized Red-Tide Toxins (Brevetoxins) and Asthma. Chest. 131: p. 187-194.
2007 Naar, J. L.J. Flewelling, A. Lenzi, J.P.abbott, A. Granholm, H. Jackoks, D. Gannon, M. Henry, R. Ppierve, D.G. Baden, J. Wolny and J. H. Landsberg. Berevetoxins, like ciguatoxins, are potent ichthyotoxic neurotoxins that accumulate in fish. Toxicon., 50: 707-723.
2007.Twiner M.J., M-Y Bottein-Dechraoui, Z. Wang, C.M. Mikulski, M.S. Henry, R.H. Pierce, G.J. Doucette. Extraction and analysis of lipophilic brevetoxins from the red tide dinoflagellate Karenia brevis. Analytical Biochemistry 369, 128 135.
2006. Pierce, R.H., M.S. Henry, P.C. Blum, S.M. Plakas, H.R. Granade, E.L.E. Jester, K.R. El Said, R.W. Dickey, K.A. Steidinger, P.S. Scott, L.J. Flewelling, J.L.C. Wright. Comparison of Methods for Determination of Brevetoxins and their Metabolites in NSP-Toxic Bivalved Molluscs. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety, Galway Ireland, June 14-18, 2004. (Edts. K. Henshilwood, B. Deegan, T. McMahon, C. Cusack, S. Keaveney, J. Silke, M. O'Cinneide, D. Lyons and P. Hess). The Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway, Ireland. p.37-42.
2006. Abraham, A.,S. M. Plakas, Z. Wang, E.L.E. Jester, K.R. El Said, H.R. Granade, M.S. Henry, P.C. Blum, R.H. Pierce and R.W. Dickey, Characterization of Polar brevetoxin derivatives from Karenia brevis cultures and natural blooms. Toxicon, 48. 104-115.
2005 Cheng, Y-S., J.D. McDonald, D. Kracko, C.M. Irving, Y Zhou, R.H. Pierce, M.S. Henry, A. Bourdelais, J. Naar and D.G. Baden. Concentration and particle size of airborne toxic algae (brevetoxin) derived from ocean red tide events. Environ. Sci Technol. 39, 3443-3449. 2005 Cheng, Y-S., Y. Zhou, C.M. Irving, R.H. Pierce, J. Naar, L.C. Backer, L.E. Fleming, B. Kirkpatrick and D.G. Baden, Characterization of marine aerosol for assessment of human exposure to brevetoxins. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113 (5), 638-643.
2005 Cheng, Y-S., T.A. Villareal, Y.Zhou, J.Gao, R.H. Pierve, D. Wetzel, J. Naar, D.G. Baden. Characterization of red tide aerosol on the Texas coast. Harmful Algae, 4, 87-94. 2005 Fleming, L.E., B. Kirkjpatrick, L.C. Backer, R.H.Pierce, Et al. Initial Evaluation of the Effects of Aerosolized Red Tide Toxins (Brevetoxins) in Peresons with Asthma. Env. Health Persp. 113(5): p. 650-657.
2005. Flewelling, L. J.P. Naar, J. P. Abbott, D.G. Baden, N.B. Barros, G.D. Bossart, M-Y.D. Bottein, D.G. Hammond, E.M. Haubold, C.A. Heil, M.S. Henry, H.M. Jacocks, T.A. Leighfield, R.H. Pierce, T.D. Pitchford, S.A. Rommel, P.S. Scott, K.A. Steidinger, E.W. Truby, F.M. Van Dolah, J.H. Landsberg. Red Tides and Marine Mammal Mortalities. Nature 435
2005. Pierce, R.H., M.S. Henry, P.C. Blum and E.M. Mueller. Aerial and Tidal Transport of Mosquito Control Pesticides into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Inter. Jour. Tropical Biol. Conserv. 53: 117-125.
2005 Backer LC, Kirkpatrick B, Fleming LE, Cheng YS, Pierce R, Beane JA, Clark R, Johnson D, Wanner A, Tamer R, Baden D. 2005. Occupational Exposure to Aerosolized Brevetoxins during Florida Red Tide Events: Effects on a Healthy Worker Population Environ Health Perspect: Vol. 113, p. 644- 650.2005.
2005 Pierce, R.H., 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. Backer, and D.G. Baden. Brevetoxin Composition in Water and Marine Aerosol along a Florida Beach: Assessing Potential Human Exposure to Marine Biotoxins. Harmful Algae. 4, pp. 965-972).
2004 Dickey, R.W., S.M. Plakas, R.H. Pierce, et al. Multi-Laboratory Study of Five Methods for the Determination of Brevetoxins in Shellfish Tissue Extracts. Steidinger, K.A., Landsberg, J.H., Tomas, C.R. and Vargo, G.A. (Eds.). FL. Fish and Wildlife Conserv. Comm. and International Oceanogr. Comm. of UNESCO,. Contrib. 715. p. 549-551.
2004 Fleming, L.E., L.C. Backer, R.H. Pierce, et al. An Epidemiological to Study of Aerosolized Florida Red Tides. Steidinger, K.A., Landsberg, J.H., Tomas, C.R. and Vargo, G.A. (Eds.). Fl. Fish and Wildlife Conserv. Comm. and International Oceanogr. Comm. of UNESCO,. Cont. Fl. Fish and Wildlife Conserv. Comm. and International Oceanogr. Comm. of UNESCO,. Contrib.667. p 508-510.
2004 Kirkpatrick, B., L.E. Fleming, D. Squicciarini, L.C. Backer, R. Clark, W. Abraham, J. Benson, Y-S Cheng, D. Johnson, R. Pierce, J. Zaias, G.D. Bossart and D.G. Baden. Liertature review of Florida red tide: implications for human health effects. Harmful Algae, 3, 99-115. Harmful Algae, 2002.
2004 Pierce, R.H. and R.M. Dickey. Summary of Special Session on Detection and Quantitation of Toxins. Harmful Algae 2002. Steidinger, K.A., Landsberg, J.H., Tomas, C.R. and Vargo, G.A. (Eds.). Fl. Fish and Wildlife Conserv. Comm. and International Oceanogr. Comm. of UNESCO,. Contrib. 718. p. 549-551
2004 Pierce, R.H., M.S. Henry, R. Dickey and S. Plakas, NSP Toxins and metabolites in oysters, clams, and whelks. Harmful Algae
2002. Steidinger, K.A., Landsberg, J.H., Tomas, C.R. and Vargo, G.A. (Eds.). Fl. Fish and Wildlife Conserv. Comm. and International Oceanogr. Comm. of UNESCO, Cont. 716. p. 294-296. 2004 Pierce, R.H., M.S. Henry, C.J. Higham, P.C. Blum, M.R. Sengco and D.M. Anderson. Removal of harmful algal cells (Karenia brevis) and toxins from seawater culture by clay flocculation. Harmful Algae. 3, 141-148.
2004 Pierce, R.H., D.L. Wetzel, and E.D. Estevez. Charlotte Harbor Initiative: Assessing the Ecological Health of Southwest Florida s Charlotte Harbor Estuary. Ecotox. 13, 274-284.
2004 Weidner, A.L., J. Naar, K. Steidinger, R. Pierce, M. Henry, L. Flewelling, D.G. Baden. Variability of Brevetoxin Accumulation Levels within Individual Shellfish during Karenis brevis Blooms. Steidinger, K.A., Landsberg, J.H., Tomas, C.R. and Vargo, G.A. (Eds.). Fl. Fish and Wildlife Conserv. Comm. and International Oceanogr. Comm. of UNESCO, Cont. 719. p. 485-487
Charter Member, USF Academy of Inventors, 2009
Eugenie Clark Scientific Explorers Award, 2008
USF, Dep. of Chemistry, Outstanding Chemistry Alumnus, 2005
USF, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004
U.S. Patent # 6984330; Use of Ozone for controlling growth of harmful algal organisms. 2006
U.S. Patent # 13276487, Automated In Situ Contaminant Detection System. 2012
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