Dr. Gaines’ research interests primarily focus on wildlife toxicology at the
landscape level. Most of her work involves developing spatial models that predict how
different wildlife species may be exposed to contaminants such as radionuclides, metals
and organics and how that may impact environmental health. Her work also focuses on
spatially explicit biokinetic models for a variety of wildlife species. To accomplish
this, she studies energy flow within different environmental systems (using stable
isotopes). Dr. Gaines applies her research by developing tools within a Geographic
Information System (GIS) framework to aid in ecological risk assessments. She works
closely with and has been funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (USFWS), as well as other national and international organizations.
Graduate students who are interested in working with Dr. Gaines should have a general
background in wildlife ecology and interests in learning GIS techniques to explore
questions regarding environmental health. 

Articles

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Are U, Ni, and Hg an Environmental Risk within a RCRA/CERCLA Unit on the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site? (with Paul G. Edwards, A. Lawrence Bryan Jr., James M. Novak, and Susan A. Blas), Faculty Research & Creative Activity (2014)

The U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS) is a former nuclear weapon production...

 

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Toxicodynamic modeling of 137Cs to estimate white-tailed deer background levels for the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (with James M. Novak, Christopher W. Bobryk, and Susan A. Blas), Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2014)

The U.S. Department of Energy's (USDOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) is a former nuclear weapon...

 

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Trophic dynamics of U, Ni, Hg and other contaminants of potential concern on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site (with Paul G. Edwards, A. Lawrence Bryan Jr., James M. Novak, and Susan A. Blas), Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2014)

The Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site is a former nuclear weapon material production and...

 

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A Spatially Explicit Model to Predict Radiocesium Body Burdens of White- Tailed Deer on the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (with Christopher W. Bobryk, James M. Novak, and Susan A. Blas), Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal (2013)

We developed a spatially explicit exposure model to interpolate and predict radiocesium (137Cs) body burdens...

 

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Assessing Multiple Endpoints of Atrazine Ingestion on Gravid Northern Watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon) and Their Offspring (with Lorin A. Neuman-Lee, Kyle A. Baumgartner, Jayme R. Voorhees, James M. Novak, and Stephen J. Mullin), Environmental Toxicology (2013)

Ecotoxicological studies that focus on a single endpoint might not accurately and completely represent the...

 

Contributions to Books

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Exposure and Exposure Modeling (with T. E. Chow and S. A. Dyer), Ecotoxicology (2008)

Exposure to contaminants in the environment is quantified through the ecological risk assessment (ERA) process...

 

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Raccoon (Procyon lotor) Harvesting on and near the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site (with James M. Novak), RAMAS GIS: Population-level ecotoxicology (2008)

Understanding the toxicodynamics of wildlife populations in contaminated ecosystems is one of the greatest challenges...