Marsha C. Black

Environmental Health Science
Associate Professor Emerita

Curriculum Vitae

Environmental Health Science

Dr. Black’s research has focused on the toxicity of emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials) as single compounds and in mixtures in laboratory and field investigations. Her lab investigates the roles of natural organic matter (NOM) and co-contaminants in modulating toxicity of carbon nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals. Traditional and novel biomarkers (e.g., metabolomics) are employed to assess exposure and effects of emerging contaminants under various environmental scenarios.



PhD, Ecology, University of Tennessee, 1989

AB, Comprehensive Science, Converse College, 1975

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Affiliated Faculty of:
Global Health Institute
Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program
River Basin Science and Policy Center
University of Georgia Teaching Academy
UGA Marine Institute
Water Resources

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Black’s areas of expertise include aquatic toxicology, particularly in regards to pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials, and bioavailability.

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Teaching Award of Merit, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, 1999
Spirit of Environmental Health Award, Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs , 2005
Excellence in Service, College of Public Health, 2013
University of Georgia Senior Teaching Fellow, 2013-14
University of Georgia Teaching Academy, Class of 2013



Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC): Member since 1984; leadership roles — Board of Directors for SETAC North America, Chaired Education and Membership Committees; Editorial Board for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Research Interests

Dr. Black’s research interests address aquatic toxicology, pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials, emerging contaminants, and bioavailability.

Selected Publications

Henry, TB, J-W Kwon, KL Armbrust, and MC Black. 2004. Acute and chronic toxicity of five selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in Ceriodaphnia dubia. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23:2229-2233

Ankley, GT, MC Black, J Garric, TH Hutchinson and T Iguchi. 2005. A framework for assessing the hazard of pharmaceutical materials to aquatic species, in R. Williams (ed), Human Pharmaceuticals: Assessing the Impact on Aquatic Ecosystems. SETAC Press, Pensacola, FL

Shoults-Wilson, WA, JT Peterson, JM Unrine, J Rickard, MC Black. 2009. The Asian clam Corbicula fluminea as a biomonitor of trace element contamination: Accounting for natural sources of variation using a hierarchical model. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28:2224-2232.

Conners, DE, ER Rogers, KA Armbrust, J-W Kwon and MC Black. 2009. Growth and development of tadpoles (Xenopus laevis) exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, fluoxetine and sertraline, throughout metamorphosis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 28:2671-2676.

Shoults-Wilson, WA, JM Unrine, J Rickard, MC Black. 2010. Comparison of metal concentrations in Corbicula fluminea and Elliptio hopetonensis in the Altamaha River System Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 29:2026-2033

Black, MC, ER Roberts, SL Fuller, K Kaur, AR Martin, MY Chan, MK Crews, SA Doydora, CR Hill, VE Leviton, RM Lisk, WF Mason-Deese, MS Natrajan, H Plumber and CE Zipperer. 2011. Acute toxicity in an urban creek receiving runoff from an industrial fire. Proceedings of the 2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference

Baird, S, A Garrison, J Jones, J Avants, R Bringolf, M Black. 2013. Enantioselective toxicity and bioaccumulation of fipronil in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) following water and sediment exposures. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:222-227

Goolsby, E, C Mason, J Wojcik, A Jordan, MC Black. 2013. Acute and chronic effects of diphenhydramine and sertraline mixtures in Ceriodaphnia dubia. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:2866-2869

Shoults-Wilson, WA, L Seymour, JM Unrine, JN Wisniewski, MC Black. 2014. Investigating the archives: Improving data resolution and statistical rigor in the analysis of bivalve shells. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts 16:247-255.

Iwanowicz, DD, MC Black, VS Blazer, H Zappia, W Bryant. 2016. Effects of urban land-use on largescale stonerollers in the Mobile River Basin, Birmingham, AL Ecotoxicology 25:608-621.

Myer, M.H., W.M. Henderson, M.C. Black. 2016. Effects of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on the bioavailability and toxicity of diphenhydramine to Pimephales promelas in sediment exposures. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry DOI: 10.1002/etc.3561

Myer, MH, WM Henderson, MC Black. 2017. Effects of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on the bioavailability and toxicity of diphenhydramine to Pimephales promelas in sediment exposures. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 36: 320-328.

Myer, MH and MC Black. 2017. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes reduce toxicity of diphenhydramine to Ceriodaphnia dubia in water and sediment exposures. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology DOI 10.1007/s001280017-2145-z