Investigating the effect of oil spills
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Melissa Bernhard

College of Charleston

Graduate Program in Marine Biology

205 Fort Johnson Road
Charleston, SC  29412  


Project List:

Using Embryonic Stem Cell Fate to Determine Potential Adverse Effects of Petroleum/Dispersant Exposure

Year 3-5 Investigator Grants (RFP-II)Role: Research Staff, Graduate Student - Master's Level, GoMRI Scholar

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Article - 1


Kohno, S., Bernhard, M. C., Katsu, Y., Zhu, J., Bryan, T. A., Doheny, B. M., et al. (2015). Estrogen Receptor 1 (ESR1; ERα), not ESR2 (ERβ), Modulates Estrogen-Induced Sex Reversal in the American Alligator, a Species With Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination. Endocrinology, 156(5), 1887–1899.

Conference Presentations - 4


Bernhard, M. C., Spyropoulos, D. D., Guillette, L. J., & Kohno, S. (2015). Can tributyltin be used as a positive control for obesogenic exposure in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)? In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.


Bernhard, M., Kohno, S., Guillette, L. J.,, & Spyropoulos, D. D. (2014). Effects Of Ppar?/Rxr? Signaling Via In Ovo Tributyltin Exposure On Development Of The American Alligator, Alligator Mississippiensis. In College of Charleston Marine Biology Graduate Program Student Research Colloquium 2014. James Island, SC : 09/19/14.
Bernhard, M. C., Spyropoulos, D. D., Guillette L. J., & Kohno, S. (2014). Does in ovo exposure to a known endocrine disruptor, tributyltin (TBT), skew sex ratios in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)-. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Kohno, S., Bernhard, M. C., Barrett, N. H., McNabb, N. B., & Guilette, L. J. (2014). American alligator: A sentinel species for developmental effects of endocrine disrupting compounds. In 8th International Symposium on Amphibian and Reptilian Endocrinology and Neurobiology. Okazaki, Japan : 11/07/2014-11/09/2014.