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 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | Faculty | Peter D. R. Moeller

Peter D. R. Moeller, Ph.D.

Research Interest:
Synthetic and natural marine products chemistry, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Our work is focused on marine natural product chemistry. Though not exclusive, our particular interests center on marine biotoxins originating from dinoflagellates. Structural chemistry is carried out on several mass spectrometers as well as a 500 MHz NMR. Chromatographic sciences also play a role in the isolation and purification of these compounds. We utilize a large array of techniques, such as HPLC, MPLC, low pressure, long column, centrifugal chromatographs, TLC, as well as other purification methodologies.

Selected Publications:
1.  Moeller, Peter D.R., Beauchesne, Kevin R., Huncik, Kevin H., Davis, Clay, Christopher, Steven, J., Riggs-Gelasco, Pamela, Gelasco, Andrew, Metal Complexes and Free Radical Toxins Produced by Pfiesteria piscicida., Environmental Science and Technology, 41(4); 1166-1172, 2007.

2.  Burns, J. M.; Schock, T. B.; Hsia, M. H.; Moeller, P. D. R.; Ferry, J. L., Photostability of Kainic Acid in Seawater, J. Agric. Food Chem.; 2007; 55(24); 9951-9955

3.  Hsia, Michelle H., Morton, S.L., Smith, L.L., Beauchesne, K.R., Huncik, K.M., Moeller, P.D.R., Production of goniodomin A by the planktonic, chain-forming dinoflagellate Alexandrium monilatum (Howell) Balech isolated from the Gulf Coast of the United States, Harmful Algae, 2006, 290-299.

4.  Burkholder, J.M., A.S. Gordon, P.D. Moeller, J.M. Law, K.J. Coyne, A.J. Lewitus, J.S. Ramsdell, H.G. Marshall, N.J. Deamer, S.C. Cary, J.W. Kempton, S.L. Morton, & P.A. Rublee (2005) Demonstration of toxicity to fish and to mammalian cells by Pfiesteria species: Comparison of assay methods and multiple strains. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102: 3471-3476.

5.  Burkholder, J.M., J.S. Ramsdell, P.D.R. Moeller, A.S. Gordon, A.J. Lewitus, H.B. Glasgow, H.G. Marshall & S.L. Morton (2004) Status of Pfiesteria science, including tests of Pfiesteria shumwayae strain CCMP 2089 for ichthyotoxicity and toxin, pp. 50-52.

1983 U.C. Regents Graduate Fellowship
1984 UCSD Teaching Assistant Award
1987 Australain International Fellowship
1990 NSERC International Fellowship
2000 Federal Employee of the Year’s Vice President’s Hammer Award

Peter D. R. Moeller
Peter D. R. Moeller, Ph.D.

Research Chemist
National Ocean Service
Charleston, SC

 M.S.,Ph.D., University of California-San Diego

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