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Steven O'Connell

Email: 
steven.oconnell@oregonstate.edu
Phone: 
541-737-1766
Current Position: 
Faculty Research Assistant
Research Interest/Focus: 

The most rewarding parts of my work involve the opportunity to conduct research across disciplines.  I particularly enjoy working with projects concerning environmental contamination in aqueous systems.  Currently, all of my projects involve some form of passive sampling devices (PSDs), particularly those including silicone as the sampler matrix.  These PSDs can act as "magnets" for chemical compounds of interest, and sample the fraction of chemicals available to be taken up by organisms in the air or water.  Since our PSDs are deployed in the environment, my research interests may take on chemical or biological directions that allow me to work with a variety of analytical instruments and professionals here at OSU.  Considering much of my theorhetical background is biologically based, and my practical, hands-on experiences have included very specialized organic analytical chemistry, I can honestly say my research interests are quite diverse.  When I'm not in danger of writing run-on sentences, I enjoy home brewing, biking, running, swimming, and time with my adopted dog.

Education: 

Ph.D. in Toxicology from Oregon State University - 2014

M.S. Degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, SC - 2009

B.S. in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Georgia - 2004

 

Relevant Work History:

Training Grant Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Corvallis, OR - 2010-2011

Research Assistant for the Caribbean Conservation Corportation, Tortuguero, Costa Rica - Summer, 2009

Biological Trainee for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Charleston, SC - 2007-2009

Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, College of Charleston,SC - 2006-2007

Laboratory Technician, Halocarbon Corporation, North Augusta, SC, - 2004-2006

Laboratory Manager, Ecology Department, University of Georgia, Athens, GA - 2003-2004

Research Assistant, Georgia Sea Grant, Athens, GA - Summer, 2003

 


Awards

Superfund Research Program - KC Donnelly Externship Award, 2012,

NIEHS Research Training Grant , 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

SETAC Travel Grant, 2010, SETAC North America 31st Annual Conference

Superfund Research Program 1st Place Poster Presentation Award, 2010, Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting

College of Charleston Graduate School Best Poster Presentation Award, 2009,

29th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium Student Travel Grant, 2008, 29th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium

College of Charleston Graduate School Travel Grant, 2008,

College of Charleston Marine Biology Graduate Program Travel Grant, 2008,

28th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium Student Travel Grant, 2007, 28th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium

College of Charleston Graduate School Travel Grant, 2007,

College of Charleston Marine Biology Graduate Program Travel Grant, 2007,

College of Charleston Marine Biology Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, 2007,

Journal Articles

O'Connell, SG, McCartney, MA, Paulik, LB, Allan, SE, Tidwell, LG, Wilson, GR, Anderson, KA,Improvements in pollutant monitoring: Optimizing silicone for co-deployment with polyethylene passive sampling devices., Environ. Pollut. 2014, 193C(), 71-78

Tidwell, LG, Allan, SE, O'Connell, SG, Hobbie, KA, Smith, BW, Anderson, KA,PAH and OPAH Air-Water Exchange during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 2014, Just Accepted Manuscript(),

Forsberg, ND, O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Anderson, KA,Passive sampling coupled to ultraviolet irradiation: a useful analytical approach for studying oxygenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon formation in bioavailable mixtures., Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2014, 33(1), 177-81

O'Connell, SG, Kincl, LD, Anderson, KA,Silicone Wristbands as Personal Passive Samplers., 2014, Environ Sci Technol

O'Connell, SG, Haigh, T, Wilson, GR, Anderson, KA,An analytical investigation of 24 oxygenated-PAHs (OPAHs) using liquid and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry., Anal Bioanal Chem 2013, 405(27), 8885-96

Platform/Presentations

Donald, CE, Allan, SE, O'Connell, SG, Smith, BW, Tanguay, RL, Anderson, KA,Component-based analysis of OPAH interaction effects in zebrafish, 2014, SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting

O'Connell, SG, Anderson, KA,Using silicone wristbands as personal monitoring devices., 2014, Northwest Occupational Health Conference Annual Conference, Richland, WA

Tidwell, LG, Hobbie, KA, Wilson, GR, O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Anderson, KA,Air Water Exchange of PAH during the DWH Incident , 2013, International Society of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, Corvallis Oregon

Tidwell, LG, Hobbie, KA, Wilson, GR, O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Anderson, KA,Exchange of PAHs and OPAHs Accross the Air-Water Boundry during the DWH Oil Spill, 2013, SETAC North America 34th Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, USA.

O'Connell, SG, Wilson, GR, Tidwell, LG, Allan, SE, Paulik, LB, Anderson, KA,Novel Technologies for OPAH and PAH Identification in Personal and Environmental Complex Mixtures, 2013, 11th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens, Foz do Iguau, Brazil

O'Connell, SG, Tidwell, LG, Wilson, GR, Anderson, KA,Passive Sampling Capacity Building with the K.C. Donnelly Externship, 2013, 26th Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge LA

Anderson, KA, Allan, SE, O'Connell, SG, Tidwell, LG,Assessment and source-modeling of bioavailable contaminants in Gulf of Mexico coastal waters before, during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 2012, 243rd ACS National Meeting

Tidwell, LG, Hobbie, KA, Wilson, GR, O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Anderson, KA,Utilizing Passive Sampling for Rapid Response to Assess Atmospheric Exposure to PAHs Before, During and After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill., 2012, SETAC North America

Anderson, KA, Allan, SE, Tidwell, LG, O'Connell, SG, Hobbie, KA, Wilson, GR,Assessment of bioavailable PAH compounds in water and air at near shore locations in the Gulf of Mexico pre- and post- shoreline oiling during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 2010, Invited plenary speaker, Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting

Allan, SE, Tidwell, LG, Hobbie, KA, O'Connell, SG, Wilson, GR, Anderson, KA,Bioavailable PAH compounds in costal marine waters of the Gulf of Mexico pre and post shoreline oiling during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 2010, SETAC North America 31st Annual Conference

O'Connell, SG,Demonstrating Silicone Passive Samplers in a Model Urban Harbor and Superfund Site for a Suite of Semi-polar Organic Contaminants, 2010, SETAC North America 31st Annual Conference

Posters

Donald, CE, O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Tanguay, RL, Anderson, KA,Correlating OPAH concentrations with zebrafish toxicity of Deepwater Horizon samples: a bottom-up approach, 2014, EMT Research Day, Corvallis, OR

Anderson, KA, O'Connell, SG, Kincl, LD,Silicone Wristbands as Personal Passive Samplers, 2014, Society of Toxicology 53rd Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

Donald, CE, O'Connell, SG, Tanguay, RL, Anderson, KA,Correlating OPAH concentrations with embryonic zebrafish toxicity of Gulf of Mexico samples around the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: a bottom-up approach., 2013, FSES Advisory Council Meeting

Donald, CE, O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Tanguay, RL, Anderson, KA,Correlating OPAH concentrations with zebrafish toxicity of Deepwater Horizon samples: a bottom-up approach, 2013, SETAC North America National Meeting, Nashville, TN

Donald, CE, O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Tanguay, RL, Anderson, KA,Correlating OPAH concentrations with zebrafish toxicity of Gulf of Mexico samples around the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: a bottom-up approach, 2013, International Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Corvallis, OR

Donald, CE, O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Tanguay, RL, Anderson, KA,Correlating OPAH concentrations with zebrafish toxicity of Gulf of Mexico samples around the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: a bottom-up approach, 2013, FSES Advisory Council, Corvallis, OR

O'Connell, SG, Haigh, T, Wilson, GR, Anderson, KA,Development and Validation of Complementary LCMS and GCMS Methods to Examine Oxygenated-PAHs (OPAHs) in Environmental Mixtures, 2012, 25th Annual Meeting of the Superfund Research Program

Forsberg, ND, O'Connell, SG, Anderson, KA,Preserving the Environment and Toxicity Linkage by Combining Passive Sampling Technologies with Environmental Stressors to Identify Unknown Toxicants, 2012, SETAC North America 33rd Annual National Conference

Tidwell, LG, Hobbie, KA, O'Connell, SG, Wilson, GR, Donatuto, J, Harris, S, Anderson, KA,Three Different Demonstration Applications of an Innovative Air sampling Technology to Adress Community-based Environmental Exposures: Oil Spills, Legacy and Emerging Contaminants at Community-Industry land Boundaries and Food Preparation, 2012, Connecting Research and Practice: A Dialogue between ATSDR and the NIEHS Superfund Research Program, Atlanta, Georgia

O'Connell, SG, Haigh, T, Allan, SE, Wilson, GR, Anderson, KA,Utilizing Comprehensive Methodologies to Examine Chemical Contaminants including Oxygenated-PAHs (OPAHs) in Gulf of Mexico Complex Mixtures during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 2012, SETAC 33rd North American Annual Meeting

Allan, SE, O'Connell, SG, Tidwell, LG, Hobbie, KA, Smith, BW, Wilson, GR, Anderson, KA,Pre- and post- shoreline oiling assessment of bioavailable PAH compounds in coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 2011, SETAC Gulf Oil Spill Focused Topic Meeting

Tidwell, LG, Hobbie, KA, Allan, SE, O'Connell, SG, Wilson, GR, Anderson, KA,Deepwater Horizon oil spill sites used to demonstrate atmospheric passive samplers coupled with a 1200 analyte screening method, 2010, SETAC North America 31st Annual Conference

O'Connell, SG, Allan, SE, Wilson, GR, Tidwell, LG, Anderson, KA,Utilizing Silicone Passive Samplers to Expand Environmental Monitoring for the Portland Harbor, 2010, Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting