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Earth and Oceanographic Science

Speakers and Panelists

James MetcalfJames S. Metcalf, Ph. D.

Senior Research Fellow,
Institute for Ethnomedicine,
Box 3464,
240 E. Deloney Ave.,
Jackson, WY 83001

James Metcalf obtained a Joint Honours BSc in Marine Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Wales, Bangor. He subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Dundee in 2000 researching the immunodetection of cyanobacterial toxins. He has continued to examine various aspects of cyanobacterial toxins through Post-doctoral Fellowships at the University of Dundee, involving multinational projects on cyanotoxins throughout Europe, until 2006. Since that time he has continued an active collaboration with Prof. Geoffrey Codd of the University of Dundee. His current research interests include the analytical, toxicological and molecular biological assessment of cyanobacterial toxins, in particular the neurotoxic amino acid, b-N-methylamino-L-alanine.

Selected Relevant Publications

Banack, S. A., Metcalf, J. S., Spáčil, Z., Downing, T.G., Downing, S., Long, A., Nunn, P. B. and Cox, P. A. (2011). Distinguishing the cyanobacterial neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) from other diamino acids. Toxicon 57: 730-738.

Metcalf, J. S. and Codd, G. A. (2009). Cyanobacteria, neurotoxins and water resources- are there implications for human neurodegenerative disease? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 10(S2): 74-78.

Metcalf, J. S., Reilly, M., Young, F. M and Codd, G. A. (2009). Localisation of microcystin synthetase genes in colonies of the cyanobacterium Microcystis using fluorescence in situ hybridisation. Journal of Phycology 45:1400-1404.

Metcalf, J. S., Banack, S. A., Cox, P. A. and Codd, G. A. (2008). Cyanobacteria, neurotoxicity and water resources. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 9: 38-39.

Metcalf, J. S., Banack, S. A., Lindsay, J., Morrison, L. F., Cox, P. A. and Codd, G. A. (2008). Co-occurrence of β-N-methylamino-L-alanine, a neurotoxic amino acid with other cyanobacterial toxins in British waterbodies, 1990-2004. Environmental Microbiology 10: 702-708.

Metcalf, J. S., Meriluoto, J. A. O. and Codd, G. A. (2006). Legal and security requirements for the air transportation of cyanotoxins and toxigenic cyanobacterial cells for legitimate research and analytical purposes. Toxicology Letters 163: 85-90.

Metcalf, J. S., Morrison, L. F., Krienitz, L., Ballot, A., Krause, E., Kotut, K., Putz, S., Wiegand, C., Pflugmacher, S. and Codd, G. A. (2006). Analysis of the cyanotoxins anatoxin-a and microcystins in Lesser Flamingo feathers. Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry 88: 159-167.