Profile Image

Maria (Marisol) S Sepúlveda

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Ecology and Natural Systems & Associate Head of Research
FORS Room 103
195 Marsteller St
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Dr. Maria S. (Marisol) Sepúlveda is Professor of Ecotoxicology and Aquatic Animal Health.  She earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree from Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile; her MS from University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (Wildlife Ecology); and her PhD from the same University (Veterinary Sciences/Toxicology).  Dr. Sepúlveda’s main area of research is ecotoxicology.  Over the last 20 years, she has conducted extensive research evaluating the sublethal effects of a wide-range of contaminants on numerous aquatic species.  Specifically, Dr. Sepúlveda’s research has focused on understanding the effects of pollutants on reproduction and early life-stage development.  Besides examining whole animal and tissue-level responses to environmental contaminants, Dr. Sepúlveda also investigates the effects of chemicals at the sub-cellular and molecular levels.  She has published over 145 refereed publications, authored 9 books chapters, and presented her research in multiple invited lectures and presentations at national and international conferences.  
Analytical Mass Spectrometry Facility
Histology Center

Dr. Marisol Sepúlveda's Lab
Research Group - Ecology of Natural Systems, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Wildlife Science
Facilities - Purdue Wildlife Area , Aquatic Molecular Biology and Analytical Lab, Aquatic Ecology Research Lab, Aquaculture Research Lab, John S. Wright Center
Related Centers - Center for the Environment, Bindley Bioscience Center, Analytical Mass Spectrometry Facility, Histology Center


Awards & Honors

(2018) College of Agriculture Research Award. College of Agriculture.

(2018) College of Agriculture Millionaire's Club. College of Agriculture.

(2017) Seed for Success. Purdue University.

(2017) Susan Bulkeley Butler Distinguished Lecture.

(2016) Diversity catalyst. Purdue University.

(2016) Purdue University Showalter Scholar. Purdue University.

(2015) Purdue University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2013) Western Region Excellence in Multistate Research Award.

Selected Publications

Flynn, R. W., Chislock, M. F., Gannon, M. E., Bauer, S. J., Tornabene, B. J., Hoverman, J. T., & Sepulveda, M. S. (2019). Acute and chronic effects of perfluoroalkyl substance mixtures on larval American bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) Chemosphere, 236, 124350. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124350

Serafin, J., Guffey, S. C., Bosker, T., Griffitt, R. J., De Guise, S., Perkins, C., . . . Sepulveda, M. S. (2019). Combined effects of salinity, temperature, hypoxia, and Deepwater Horizon oil on Fundulus grandis larvae. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 181, 106-113. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2019.05.059

Coulter, D. P., Huff Hartz, K. E., Sepulveda, M. S., Godfrey, A., Garvey, J. E., & Lydy, M. J. (2019). Lifelong Exposure to Dioxin-Like PCBs Alters Paternal Offspring Care Behavior and Reduces Male Fish Reproductive Success. Environmental science & technology, 53(19), 11507-11514. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b03460

Abercrombie, S. A., De Perre, C., Choi, Y. J., Tornabene, B. J., Sepúlveda, M. S., Lee, L. S., & Hoverman, J. T. (2019). Larval amphibians rapidly bioaccumulate poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 178, 137-145. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2019.04.022

Sepulveda, M. S., Kar, S., Guffey, S. C., Leszczynski, J., & Sepúlveda, M. S. (2019). In vitro and in silico modeling of perfluoroalkyl substances mixture toxicity in an amphibian fibroblast cell line. Chemosphere, 233, 25-33. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.05.065

Dunlop, E. S., McLaughlin, R. L., Adams, J. V., Jones, M. L., Birceanu, O., Christie, M. R., . . . Wilkie, M. P. (2018). Rapid evolution meets invasive species control: the potential for pesticide resistance in sea lamprey. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 75, 152-168.

Abdel-Moneim, A., Mahapatra, C. T., & Sepúlveda, M. S. (2018). In vivo visual reporter system for estrogenic contaminant exposure using transgenic see-through Japanese medaka Oryzias latipes. Chemosphere, 201, 251-253. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.02.184

Gao, J., Lin, L., Wei, A., & Sepulveda, M. S. (2017). Protein Corona Analysis of Silver Nanoparticles Exposed to Fish Plasma. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, 4(5), 174-179. doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00074

Abdel-Moneim, A., Mahapatra, C. T., Hatef, A., & Sepulveda, M. S. (2015). Ovarian structure protein 1: A sensitive molecular biomarker of gonadal intersex in female Japanese medaka after androgen exposure. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Stensberg, M., Zeitchek, M., Inn, K., McLamore, E., Porterfield, D., & SepÏlveda, M. (2014). Comparative study of non-invasive methods for assessing Daphnia magna embryo toxicity. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 18, 10803-10814.

Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 USA, (765) 494-3590

© Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Integrity Statement | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by Agricultural Communication

Trouble with this page? Disability-related accessibility issue? Please contact us at so we can help.

Sign In