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Valerie Cullinan

Valerie Cullinan

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382

Biography

Dr. Cullinan, statistician for the Marine Sciences Laboratory, has 20 years of experience in the statistical design, analysis and interpretation of results from multidisciplinary experimental research. This research has focused on marine and freshwater environmental issues particularly relative to dredged material disposal, environmental assessments, shellfish and fisheries studies, chemical and toxicity testing programs and protocol development, as well as issues pertaining to wildlife management, agricultural systems and terrestrial ecosystems. Dr. Cullinan has experience in the recently emerged field of landscape ecology. Her specialty is the development of statistically efficient sampling designs to detect ecological change at landscape levels of spatial heterogeneity. Such designs have related to data collected from ground-based field sampling, aerial photography and satellite imagery. She has critically reviewed quantitative methodology in landscape ecology and has been an invited participant in workshops identifying issues and developing techniques in the analysis of landscape data over a wide range of scales.

Research Interests

  • The integration of toxicity data with the physical and chemical characteristics of the study area, benthic community and fisheries impacts to assess the environmental risk associated with human activities on natural resources
  • Development of a cost-effective data fusion methodology to map and communicate the spatial distribution and extent of selected landscape indicators
  • Development and extension of existing theory to quantitatively characterize ecological scale, spatial variability, and habitat criteria to predict ecological change and prioritize management activities including restoration, mitigation and impact reduction
  • The statistical design and analysis of protocol development to evaluate acute and chronic screening assays
  • Modeling the fate and effects of chemical and biological contaminants through the environment and the associated effects on population dynamics

Education and Credentials

  • Post-graduate, University of Washington and PNNL, Battelle Marine Sciences Laboratory, Sequim, Washington. 1987-1989
  • Ph.D., Biometry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1988
  • M.S., Biometry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1984
  • B.S., Zoology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1980

PNNL Publications

2017

  • Huesemann MH, T Dale, AR Chavis, BJ Crowe, S Twary, A Barry, DC Valentine, R Yoshida, MS Wigmosta, and VI Cullinan. 2017. "Simulation of outdoor pond cultures using indoor LED-lighted and temperature-controlled raceway ponds and Phenometrics photobioreactors." Algal Research 21:178-190.  doi:10.1016/j.algal.2016.11.016

2016

2015

  • Cullinan VI, S Matzner, and CA Duberstein. 2015. "Classification of Birds and Bats Using Flight Tracks." Journal of Field Ornithology 27:55-63.  doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2015.03.004
  • Matzner S, VI Cullinan, and CA Duberstein. 2015. "Two-dimensional thermal video analysis of offshore bird and bat flight." Ecological Informatics 30:20-28.  doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2015.09.001

2014

  • Bellgraph BJ, KM Carter, MA Chamness, TK Abel, TJ Linley, and VI Cullinan. 2014. "Predation Susceptibility of Juvenile Fall Chinook Salmon Exposed to Sudden Temperature Changes and Slightly Supersaturated Dissolved Gas." In Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Life History Investigations, 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012 Annual Report, vol. 2002-032-00, ed. KF Tiffan, et al, pp. 61-90.  Bonneville Power Administration , Pasco, WA. 

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

  • Arntzen EV, KD Hand, KM Carter, DR Geist, KJ Murray, EM Dawley, VI Cullinan, RA Elston, and J Vavrinec, III. 2009. Total Dissolved Gas Effects on Incubating Chum Salmon Below Bonneville DamPNNL-18081, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Barnett JM, VI Cullinan, DS Barnett, TLT Trang-Le, M Bliss, LR Greenwood, and MY Ballinger. 2009. Results of Self-Absorption Study on the Versapor 3000 Filters for Radioactive Particulate Air SamplingPNNL-SA-62011 Rev. 1, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Barnett JM, VI Cullinan, DS Barnett, TLT Trang-Le, M Bliss, LR Greenwood, and MY Ballinger. 2009. "Results of a Self-Absorption Study on the Versapor 3000 47-mm Filters for Radioactive Particulate Air Stack Sampling." Health Physics 97((5), supplement):S161-S168. 
  • Huesemann MH, TS Hausmann, TJ Fortman, RM Thom, and VI Cullinan. 2009. "In-situ Phytoremediation of PAH and PCB Contaminated Marine Sediments with Eelgrass (Zostera marina) ." Ecological Engineering 35(10):1395-1404. 

2008

  • Arntzen EV, KD Hand, DR Geist, KJ Murray, J Panther, VI Cullinan, EM Dawley, and RA Elston. 2008. Effects of Total Dissolved Gas on Chum Salmon Fry Incubating in the Lower Columbia River PNNL-17132, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Mueller RP, SS Southard, CW May, WH Pearson, and VI Cullinan. 2008. "Juvenile Coho Salmon Leaping Ability and Behavior in an Experimental Culvert Test Bed." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137(4):941-950.  doi:10.1577/T06-244.1

2007

2006

  • Geist DR, CS Abernethy, KD Hand, VI Cullinan, JA Chandler, and P Groves. 2006. "Survival, development, and growth of fall Chinook salmon embryos, alevin, and fry exposed to variable thermal and dissolved oxygen regimes." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135(6):1462-1477. 
  • Geist DR, CS Abernethy, KD Hand, VI Cullinan, JA Chandler, and P Groves. 2006. "Survival, development, and growth of Snake River fall Chinook salmon Embryos, Alevins, and Fry Exposed to Variable Thermal and Dissolved Oxygen Regimes." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135(6):1462-1477.  doi:10.1577/T05-294.1

2005

  • Geist DR, RS Brown, VI Cullinan, SR Brink, KB Lepla, P Bates, and JA Chandler. 2005. "Movement, swimming speed, and oxygen consumption of juvenile white sturgeon in response to changing flows, water temperatures, and light level in the Snake River, Idaho." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134(4):803-816. 
  • May CW, and VI Cullinan. 2005. An Analysis of Microbial Pollution in the Sinclair-Dyes Inlet WatershedPNNL-15373, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

2003

  • Geist DR, RS Brown, VI Cullinan, MG Mesa, SP VanderKooi, and CA McKinstry. 2003. "Relationships Between Metabolic Rate, Muscle Electromyograms and Swim Performance of Adult Chinook Salmon." Journal of Fish Biology 63(4):970-989. 
  • Geist DR, RS Brown, VI Cullinan, MG Mesa, SP VanderKooi, and CA McKinstry. 2003. "Relationships between metabolic rate, muscle electromyograms, and swim performance of adult chinook salmon." Journal of Fish Biology 63(4):970-989. 

2000

  • Geist DR, CS Abernethy, SL Blanton, and VI Cullinan. 2000. "The use of electromyogram telemetry to estimate energy expenditure of adult fall chinook salmon." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 129(1):126-135. 
  • Petrie GM, VI Cullinan, LL Cadwell, JL Downs, EM Perry, and J Turner. 2000. "Integration of Hyperspectral Data for Rangeland Characterization." In International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IAPRS), vol. 33, no. B7/3, pp. 1142-1148.  ISPRS, Stuttgardt, Germany. 

1999

  • Crecelius EA, LF Lefkovitz, and VI Cullinan. 1999. "The Sound is Cleaner: A Century of Contaminant Trends Observed from Dated Cores." In Oceans'99 MTS/IEEE Proceedings. Riding the Crest into the 21st Century., vol. 3, pp. 1381-1394.  Oceans '99 MTS/IEEE Conference Committee, Piscataway, NJ. 

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