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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 over 30 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 (dredged material disposal, environmental assessments, shellfish and fisheries studies, chemical and toxicity testing, and protocol development); wildlife management; agricultural systems; and terrestrial ecosystems. 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. Dr. Cullinan has been a reviewer for the journals Landscape Ecology, Ecological Applications, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, and Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics.

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

2019

  • Kuo L., S.E. Cade, V.I. Cullinan, and I.R. Schultz. 2019. "Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in plasma from E-waste recyclers, outdoor and indoor workers in the Puget Sound, WA region." Chemosphere 219. PNNL-SA-137096. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.12.006

2018

  • Diefenderfer H.L., I. Sinks, S.A. Zimmerman, V.I. Cullinan, and A.B. Borde. 2018. "Designing Topographic Heterogeneity for Tidal Wetland Restoration: Review of Literature, Outreach to Practitioners, and Soils Data from Sites in the Pacific Northwest." Ecological Engineering 123. PNNL-SA-130408. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.07.027

2017

  • Huesemann M.H., P. Williams, S.J. Edmundson, P.H. Chen, R. Kruk, V.I. Cullinan, and B. Crowe, et al. 2017. "The Laboratory Environmental Algae Pond Simulator (LEAPS) Photobioreactor: Validation Using Outdoor Pond Cultures of Chlorella sorokiniana and Nannochloropsis salina." Algal Research 26. PNNL-SA-123118. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2017.06.017
  • Huesemann M.H., T. Dale, A.R. Chavis, B.J. Crowe, S. Twary, A. Barry, and D.C. Valentine, et al. 2017. "Simulation of outdoor pond cultures using indoor LED-lighted and temperature-controlled raceway ponds and Phenometrics photobioreactors." Algal Research 21. PNNL-SA-117542. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2016.11.016
  • Matzner S., R.E. Hull, G. Harker-Klimes, and V.I. Cullinan. 2017. "Studying fish near ocean energy devices using underwater video." In OCEANS 2017 MTS/IEEE, September 18-28, 2017, Ancorage, Alaska, 1-7. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-127299.

2016

2015

  • Cullinan V.I., S. Matzner, and C.A. Duberstein. 2015. "Classification of Birds and Bats Using Flight Tracks." Journal of Field Ornithology 27. PNNL-SA-105515. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2015.03.004
  • Matzner S., V.I. Cullinan, and C.A. Duberstein. 2015. "Two-dimensional thermal video analysis of offshore bird and bat flight." Ecological Informatics 30. PNNL-SA-109185. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2015.09.001

2014

  • Bellgraph B.J., K.M. Carter, M.A. Chamness, T.K. Abel, T.J. Linley, and V.I. 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, edited by KF Tiffan, et al. 61-90. Pasco, Washington:Bonneville Power Administration. PNNL-SA-96230.

2013

2012

2011

  • Geist D.R., Z. Deng, R.P. Mueller, V.I. Cullinan, S.R. Brink, and J.A. Chandler. 2011. "The effect of fluctuating temperatures and ration levels on the growth of juvenile Snake River fall Chinook salmon." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140, no. 1:190-200. PNWD-SA-8841.

2010

2009

  • Arntzen E.V., K.D. Hand, K.M. Carter, D.R. Geist, K.J. Murray, E.M. Dawley, and V.I. Cullinan, et al. 2009. Total Dissolved Gas Effects on Incubating Chum Salmon Below Bonneville Dam. PNNL-18081. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Total Dissolved Gas Effects on Incubating Chum Salmon Below Bonneville Dam
  • Barnett J.M., V.I. Cullinan, D.S. Barnett, T.L. Trang-Le, M. Bliss, L.R. Greenwood, and M.Y. Ballinger. 2009. "Results of a Self-Absorption Study on the Versapor 3000 47-mm Filters for Radioactive Particulate Air Stack Sampling." Health Physics 97, no. (5), supplement:S161-S168. PNNL-SA-69112.
  • Barnett J.M., V.I. Cullinan, D.S. Barnett, T.L. Trang-Le, M. Bliss, L.R. Greenwood, and M.Y. Ballinger. 2009. Results of Self-Absorption Study on the Versapor 3000 Filters for Radioactive Particulate Air Sampling. PNNL-SA-62011 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Results of Self-Absorption Study on the Versapor 3000 Filters for Radioactive Particulate Air Sampling
  • Huesemann M.H., T.S. Hausmann, T.J. Fortman, R.M. Thom, and V.I. Cullinan. 2009. "In-situ Phytoremediation of PAH and PCB Contaminated Marine Sediments with Eelgrass (Zostera marina)." Ecological Engineering 35, no. 10:1395-1404. PNNL-SA-61742.

2008

  • Arntzen E.V., K.D. Hand, D.R. Geist, K.J. Murray, J. Panther, V.I. Cullinan, and E.M. Dawley, et al. 2008. Effects of Total Dissolved Gas on Chum Salmon Fry Incubating in the Lower Columbia River. PNNL-17132. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Effects of Total Dissolved Gas on Chum Salmon Fry Incubating in the Lower Columbia River
  • Mueller R.P., S.S. Southard, C.W. May, W.H. Pearson, and V.I. Cullinan. 2008. "Juvenile Coho Salmon Leaping Ability and Behavior in an Experimental Culvert Test Bed." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137, no. 4:941-950. PNWD-SA-7768. doi:10.1577/T06-244.1

2007

2006

  • Geist D.R., C.S. Abernethy, K.D. Hand, V.I. Cullinan, J.A. 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, no. 6:1462-1477. PNWD-SA-7229.
  • Geist D.R., C.S. Abernethy, K.D. Hand, V.I. Cullinan, J.A. 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, no. 6:1462-1477. PNWD-SA-7223. doi:10.1577/T05-294.1

2005

  • Geist D.R., R.S. Brown, V.I. Cullinan, S.R. Brink, K.B. Lepla, P. Bates, and J.A. 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, no. 4:803-816. PNWD-SA-6560.
  • May C.W., and V.I. Cullinan. 2005. An Analysis of Microbial Pollution in the Sinclair-Dyes Inlet Watershed. PNNL-15373. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. An Analysis of Microbial Pollution in the Sinclair-Dyes Inlet Watershed

2003

  • Geist D.R., R.S. Brown, V.I. Cullinan, M.G. Mesa, S.P. VanderKooi, and C.A. McKinstry. 2003. "Relationships Between Metabolic Rate, Muscle Electromyograms and Swim Performance of Adult Chinook Salmon." Journal of Fish Biology 63, no. 4:970-989. PNNL-SA-37165.
  • Geist D.R., R.S. Brown, V.I. Cullinan, M.G. Mesa, S.P. VanderKooi, and C.A. McKinstry. 2003. "Relationships between metabolic rate, muscle electromyograms, and swim performance of adult chinook salmon." Journal of Fish Biology 63, no. 4:970-989. PNNL-SA-39189.

2000

  • Geist D.R., C.S. Abernethy, S.L. Blanton, and V.I. Cullinan. 2000. "The use of electromyogram telemetry to estimate energy expenditure of adult fall chinook salmon." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 129, no. 1:126-135. PNNL-SA-27849.
  • Petrie G.M., V.I. Cullinan, L.L. Cadwell, J.L. Downs, E.M. Perry, and J. Turner. 2000. "Integration of Hyperspectral Data for Rangeland Characterization." In International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (IAPRS), 33, 1142-1148. Stuttgardt:ISPRS. PNNL-SA-32954.

1999

  • Crecelius E.A., L.F. Lefkovitz, and V.I. 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., 3, 1381-1394. Piscataway, New Jersey:Oceans '99 MTS/IEEE Conference Committee. PNNL-SA-4638.

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