Manatee Reproductive Health
Elizabeth Brammer-Robbins earned a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University (NCSU). She focused on equine breeding and reproductive physiology as well as endangered species conservation. After graduating from NCSU, Elizabeth spent 2 years on sea turtle nesting population ecology programs in St. Croix and Jumby Bay, Antigua. In the off seasons she worked at an Emergency and Trauma Animal Hospital.
In May of 2019, she was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and completed her master’s in physiological sciences in 2021. Elizabeth’s research focused on the development of a diagnostic lipid panel for reproductive health in the Florida Manatee, with a thesis on the assessment of steroid hormones and lipids in the Florida manatee.
Elizabeth has continued her education with the Aquatic Animal Health Program, pursuing a PhD in Veterinary Medical Sciences, with a focus on red tide harmful algal bloom immune impacts in the Florida manatee. Her long-term goal is to investigate reproductive challenges faced by threatened or endangered species. Elizabeth hopes to be able to use her research findings to contribute to the conservation of these species. Outside of classes and research, Elizabeth spends her free time making watercolor paintings, getting together with friends, and exploring nature parks.
Brammer-Robbins, E., Nouri, M. Z., Griffin, E. K., Aristizabal-Henao, J., Denslow, N. D., Bowden, J. A., Larkin, I. V., & Martyniuk, C. J. (2023). Assessment of lipids and adrenal hormones in the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) from different habitats. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 337, 114250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2023.114250
Brammer-Robbins, E., Costa, K. A., Bowden, J. A., Martyniuk, C. J., Larkin, I., & Denslow, N. (2022). Putative high-level toxicity pathways based on evidence of brevetoxin immunotoxicity in marine fauna. Aquatic Toxicology, 106298. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2022.106298
Nguyen, K., Sanchez, C. L., Brammer-Robbins, E., Pena-Delgado, C., Kroyter, N., El Ahmadie, N., Watkins, J. M., Aristizabal-Henao, J. J., Bowden, J. A., Souders II, C. L., & Martyniuk, C. J. (2022). Neurotoxicity assessment of QoI strobilurin fungicides azoxystrobin and trifloxystrobin in human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells: Insights from lipidomics and mitochondrial bioenergetics. NeuroToxicology, 91, 290-304. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuro.2022.06.002
Sehnal, L., Brammer-Robbins, E., Wormington, A., Blaha, L., Bisesi, J., Larkin, I., Martyniuk, C., Simonin, M. & Adamovsky, O. (2021). Microbiome composition and function in aquatic vertebrates: small organisms making big impacts on aquatic animal health. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12, 358. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.567408
Henry, E., Brammer-Robbins, E., Aschehoug, E., & Haddad, N. (2019). Do substitute species help or hinder endangered species management? Biological conservation, 232, 127-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.01.031