Lea Lovin

Lea Lovin
I am a postdoctoral researcher interested in how anthropogenic and natural stressors impact aquatic systems, focusing on how neuroactive chemicals affect fish. Currently I am working on how pharmaceuticals and wastewater discharge influences fish and invertebrate distribution and behavior.


I am an ecotoxicologist who is interested in studying pollution from molecular effects to changes in ecosystem dynamics. Previous research has been on environmental occurrence, bioaccumualtion, and stereoselective toxicity of cyanobacterial toxins, as well as the effects of wastewater discharge on endocrine disruption and pharmaceutical uptake in rainbow trout, wastewater-based epidemiology of COVID-19, the influence of pH on uptake/depuration of ionizable contaminants, heavy metal accumulation in Great Lakes prey fish, and others.

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Lovin LM, Scarlett KR, Henke AN, Sims JL, Brooks BW. (2023) Experimental arena size influences larval zebrafish photolocomotor behaviors and response thresholds following exposure to the model neurostimulant caffeine. Environmental International. 177, 107995. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2023.107995

Scarlett K, Lovin LM, Steele BW, Kim S, Brooks BW. Identifying behavioral response profiles of two common larval fish models to a salinity gradient. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Technology 83(2), 180-192. doi:10.1007/s00244-022-00951-6

Langan LM, O'Brien M, Lovin LM, Scarlett KR, Davis H, Henke A, Brooks BW. (2022) The application of RT-qPCR for surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and variants of concern in wastewater in two cities in Texas, USA. ACS Environmental Science and Technology Water, 2(11), 2211-2224. doi:10.1021/acsestwater.2c00103

Lovin LM, Kim S, Taylor RB, Scarlett KR, Langan LM, Chambliss KC, Chatterjee S, Scott JT, Brooks BW. (2021) Differential influences of (±) anatoxin-a on photolocomotor behavior and gene transcription in larval zebrafish and fathead minnows. Environmental Sciences Europe 33, 40. doi:10.1186/s12302-021-00479-x

Conard WM, Gerig BS, Lovin LM, Bunnell DB, Lamberti GA. (2021). Variable accumulation of heavy metals in freshwater prey fish. Journal of Great Lakes Research 47, 1746-1755. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2021.08.019

Franco ME, Burket SR, Sims JL, Lovin LM, Scarlett KR, Stroski K, Steenbeek R, Ashcroft C, Luers M, Brooks BW, Lavado R. (2020) Spatio-temporal endocrine disruption activity in an effluent-dominated river under low instream flow: a field study. Environmental Pollution 265(Pt B), 115122. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115122

Lovin LM and Brooks BW. (2020) Global scanning assessment of anatoxin-a bioaccumulation and hazards in surface waters. Marine and Freshwater Research 71, 689-700. doi:10.1071/MF18373

Haddad SP, Bobbitt JM, Taylor RB, Lovin LM, Conkle JL, Chambliss CK, Brooks BW. (2019) Determination of microcystins, nodularin, anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin, and saxitoxin in water and fish tissue using isotope dilution liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A 1599, 66-74. doi:10.1016/j.chroma.2019.03.066