Stacy Schuur

National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States

I lead the Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP) which has been banking eggs of mainly murres ( Uria aalge and U. lomvia) and gulls (Larus glaucescens and L. hyperboreus) from Alaska since 1999, and as of 2010 has expanded to albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis and P. nigripes) in Hawaii with several other species proposed for collection. The homogenized egg contents are stored in liquid nitrogen in the national Marine Environmental Specimen Bank in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. I also analyze sub-sets for organic contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), DDTs and other organochlorine pesticides and colleagues analyze mercury and other inorganics. The samples and the eggshells with membranes stored at room temperature are freely available for other researchers.