College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Brenda Jensen, Ph.D. 

Education

1994-2000 Doctoral Program: Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Biological Oceanography Cambridge/ Woods Hole, MA
Thesis advisor: Dr. Mark. E. Hahn, Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Doctoral Thesis “Characterization of an Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor from a Cetacean: an Approach for Assessing Contaminant Susceptibility in Protected Species”

2003-2004 Master’s of Science in Education: Secondary Education Teaching Licensure/Endorsement: Secondary Biology
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

1990-1994 Undergraduate program: Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL. Bachelor of Science, Marine Science, Biology track, chemistry minor. Thesis Mentors: Dr. John Reynolds, Eckerd College, Dr. John Stegeman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., Dr. Michael Moore, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate thesis: Hepatic cytochrome P4501A induction in marine vertebrates of Massachusetts Bay 

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Experience

Professional Experience

Associate Dean, College of Natural Sciences
2008-present  Hawai’i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

Assistant Professor of Biology
2005-present  Hawai’i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

Program Review Chair, Marine Science
2007-present  Hawai’i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

Curriculum Area Liaison, Natural Sciences, Military Campus Programs
2005-2007   Hawai’i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

Program Chair, Military Campus Programs
2006-2007   Hawai’i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

Post-doctoral investigator: National Institutes of Health Immunology Training Program
2000-2002  Dept. of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA Research
Advisor: Dr. David H. Sherr, Department of Environmental Health

Teaching Experience

2005-present Hawai’i Pacific University
Biology, Marine and Environmental Science Courses: BIOL 4030-1, BIOL 2050, BIOL 1000, BIOL 1500, MARS 6010, MARS 3070, MARS 2063, ENVS 6070, ENVS 3000, ENVS 1030, ED 6450-1

2004 Teaching Internship at Central Kitsap High School, Silverdale, WA. Biology and Chemistry

2001-2002 Marine Studies Consortium (at Brandeis University) Adjunct faculty, Course coordinator and co-instructor Course title: Cetacean Biology and Conservation (Biol30B)

2002 Boston University School of Public Health, Dept. Environmental Health. Guest lecturer  Course title: Molecular Biology and Public Health (EH 713)

2000 Boston College, Guest lecturer Course title: Marine Biology (BI 446)

1999 Boston University Marine Program, Guest lecturer Course title: Marine Mammals I (BI 461/661)

1996 Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Guest lecturer Course title: Marine Environmental Pollution Monitoring

1995 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Graduate TA, Introduction to Biology (Course 7.014)

1992-1993 Eckerd College, Undergraduate lab TA, Organic Chemistry

1993 Eckerd College Undergraduate lab TA, Genetics 

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Underlined names indicates graduate student advisee

Hansen A.M.K., C.E. Bryan, K.L. West, and B.A Jensen. Trace element concentrations in liver of 16 species of cetaceans stranded on U.S. Pacific islands from 1997 to 2013. In press, Archives of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Bachman M.J., K.M. Foltz, J.M Lynch, K.L. West and B.A. Jensen (2015), Using cytochrome P4501A1 expression in liver and blubber to understand effects of persistent organic pollutant exposure in stranded Pacific Island cetaceansEnvironmental Toxicology and Chemistry, in press. doi 10.1002/etc.3018.

West K.L., G. Levine, J.M. JacobB.A. Jensen, S. Sanchez, K. Colegrove, D. Rotstein (2014) Co-infection and vertical transmission of Brucella and morbillivirus in a neonatal sperm whale. J Wildlife Dis. 2015 Jan;51(1):227-32.

Foltz K.M., R.W. Baird, G.M. Ylitalo, and B.A. Jensen (2014) Cytochrome P4501A1 expression in blubber biopsies of endangered false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) and nine other odontocete species in Hawaiian waters. Ecotoxicology doi: 10.1007/s10646-014-1300-0.

Nilsen F.M., K.D. Hyrenbach, J. Fang, B.A. Jensen (2014). Use of indicator chemicals to characterize the plastic fragments ingested by Laysan albatross. Marine Pollution Bulletin, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.07.055.

Keller J., G. Balazs, F. Nilsen, M. Rice, T. Work, B.A. Jensen (2014) Investigating the potential role of persistent organic pollutants in Hawaiian green sea turtle fibropapillomatosis. Environmental Science and Technology 48(14):7807–7816doi: 10.1021/es5014054.

Bachman M.J., J.M. Keller, K.L. West, B.A. Jensen (2014) Persistent organic pollutant concentrations in blubber of 16 species of cetaceans stranded in the Pacific Islands from 1997 through 2011. Science of the Total Environment 488-489:115-123.

West K.L., S. Sanchez, D. Rotstein, K.M. Robertson, S. Dennison, G. Levine, N. Davis, D. Schofield, C. Potter, B.A. Jensen (2012). First U.S. Longman’s Beaked Whale (Indopacetus pacificus) strands in Maui, Hawaii with first Central Pacific case of morbillivirus. Marine Mammal Science 9 OCT 2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2012.00616.x.

Jensen B.A., C.M. Reddy, R.K. Nelson, M.E. Hahn (2010) Developing tools for risk assessment in protected species: Relative potencies inferred from competitive binding of halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons to aryl hydrocarbon receptors from beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) and mouse Aquatic Toxicology 100:238–245.

Jensen B.A., R.J. Leeman, J.J. Schlezinger, H.Y. Ryu, D.H. Sherr (2003) Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonists suppress interleukin-6 expression by bone marrow stromal cells:  an immunotoxicology study. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source 2:16.

Ryu H.Y., K.K. Mann, J.J. Schlezinger, B.A. Jensen, D.H. Sherr (2003) Environmental chemical-induced pro/pre B cell apoptosis: analysis of c-myc, p27Kip1, and p21WAF1 reveals a death pathway distinct from clonal deletion. J Immunol170(10):4897-904.

Schlezinger J.J, B.A. Jensen, K.K. Mann, H.Y. Ryu, D.H. Sherr (2002) Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor ¡-Mediated NF-kB Activation and Apoptosis in Pre-B Cells. J. Immunology 169:6831-6841.

Jensen B.A., M.E. Hahn (2001) cDNA cloning and characterization of a high affinity aryl hydrocarbon receptor in a cetacean, the beluga,Delphinapterus leucas. Toxicological Sciences  64: 41-56.

Moore M.J., S.D. Berrow, B.A. Jensen, P. Carr, R. Sears, V.J. Rowntree, R. Payne, P.K. Hamilton (1999) Relative abundance of large whales around South Georgia (1979-1998). Marine Mammal Science: Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 1287-1302.

Hahn M.E., and B.A. Jensen (1998) Mouse to Marine Mammal: new approaches in comparative toxicology in Environmental contaminants and marine mammal health: Research applications. Ross PS and De Guise S (Eds).  Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci 2255: v+29p.

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Abstracts and Presentations

Jensen, B. Persistent Pollutants in Paradise: What stranded Hawaiian cetaceans can tell us about biomarkers in the context of multiple stressors and disease. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Meeting, Long Beach, CA Nov. 11-15, 2012.

Bachman, M.J., Keller, J. M., West, K. and Jensen, B. Persistent organic pollutant concentrations in cetaceans stranded in the Hawaiian Islands, 1997 – 2011. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Meeting, Long Beach, CA Nov. 11-15, 2012.

Hansen, A.M.K., B.A. Jensen, K.West, and C.E. Bryan. Current levels of trace elements in Pacific cetaceans stranded in Hawaii and examination of metallothionein as a biomarker of trace element exposure. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Meeting, Long Beach, CA Nov. 11-15, 2012

Foltz KM, Baird RW, Ylitalo GM, Jensen BA. Cytochrome P4501A1 (CYP1A1) as a Biomarker of Contaminant Exposure in Stranded and Free-ranging Hawaiian Odontocetes. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Meeting, Long Beach, CA Nov. 11-15, 2012

Jensen, B.A., J.T. Saliki, S. Sanchez, D.S. Rotstein, G.A. Levine, T. D. Schofield and K. L. West (2011) First central Pacific cases of morbillivirus in Hawaiian cetaceans. Presented at the Hawaiian Cetacean Workshop at the 19th Biennial Meeting on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa Florida, November 29-Dec 3, 2011

Urekew, E., K. West, and B. Jensen (2011) Molecular characterization of the ligand binding domain of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in Hawaiian odontocetes: a biomarker of contaminant susceptibility. Presented at the Hawaiian Cetacean Workshop at the 19th Biennial Meeting on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa Florida, November 29-Dec 3, 2011

Nilsen, F. and B. Jensen (2011) Characterization of Tracer Chemicals to Describe Marine Debris Ingested by Hawaiian Seabirds. Presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Meeting, Boston, MA Nov. 13-17, 2011

Fertall, S.C., K.L. West and B.A. Jensen (2011). Establishing a biomarker for contaminant exposure in Hawaiian Cetaceans: Cytochrome P4501A1 expression. Presented at the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa, Florida, November 2011.

West, K.L., Saliki, J.T., Sanchez, S., Rotstein, D.S., Levine, G.A, Schofield, T.D. and B.A. Jensen. 2011. First central Pacific cases of morbillivirus in two beaked whales from Hawaii. 42nd Annual International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine. Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2011.

Jensen, B. A. and K. L. West (2010) Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program: Case reports and research directions. 5th Annual Pacific Islands Region Hawaiian Monk Seal and Cetacean Responders Meeting Hilo, HI, May 1- 3, 2010.

Jensen, B. A. and K. L. West (2010) Paradise NOT Lost: Biological Insights from Cetacean Strandings in the Hawaiian Islands. National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference, Shepherdstown, WV, April 6-9, 2010.

Jensen, B. A. and M. E. Hahn (2009) Developing tools for risk assessment in protected species: relative potencies inferred from competitive binding of halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons to aryl hydrocarbon receptors from beluga (Delphinapterus leucas). Presented at Society of Toxicology 40th Annual meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 2009.

Jensen, B. A. (2009) Toxicology and Health Screening of Stranded Cetaceans at National Marine Fisheries Service’s Hawaiian Monk Seal and Cetacean Stranding Response Network Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, June 2009

Jensen, B.A. (2008) What strandings can teach us about whales (and ourselves!): toxicological insights from analyzing cetacean tissues at National Marine Fisheries Service’s Hawaiian Monk Seal and Cetacean Stranding Response Network Meeting Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2008

Jensen, B.A. and M. E. Hahn (1999) Molecular characterization of a cetacean aryl hydrocarbon receptor, a key protein in the toxicity of dioxin-like compounds. Presented at 13th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, November 1999.

Jensen, B.A., S. I. Karchner, and M. E. Hahn (1999) Molecular characterization of a cetacean aryl hydrocarbon receptor in the beluga, Delphinapterus leucas. Abstract. Presented Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, March 1999.

Jensen, B. A. and M.E. Hahn (1996) Molecular identification and partial sequence analysis of an aryl hydrocarbon receptor from beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 17th Annual meeting, November 1996, Washington D.C.

Jensen, B. A. and M.E. Hahn (1996) Use of tissue from stranded marine mammals to understand pollutant susceptibility and response. Abstracts: Northeast Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Conference (April 1996, Mystic CT)

Jensen, B. A. and M. E. Hahn (1995) Conservation of structure in beluga aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Proceedings of the Eleventh Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals (December 1995, Orlando FL)

Jensen, B.A. and J. E. Reynolds (1993) Copper concentrations in liver, kidney and muscle of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from the Indian River lagoon system, Florida. Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals (November 1993, Galveston TX).

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Grants

2012-14 National Institute of Standards and Technology Grant Program Expanding the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Biorepository in the U.S. Pacific Region at Hawaii Pacific University $338,635

2012 Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program (TSEP). Characterization of a novel strain of morbillivirus in Hawaiian cetaceans $5,722

2011-2 NOAA John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program (co- investigator with P.I. K. West). Maximizing Quality and Quantity of Biological Data from Cetacean Strandings in Hawaii and the Greater Pacific $100,000

2010-12 National Institute of Standards and Technology Grant Program Expanding the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Biorepository in the U.S. Pacific Region by including Hawaiian Marine Mammals in the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank and Enhancing the Capacity for Analytical Chemistry at Hawaii Pacific University $231,087

2010-2 NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office Education Grant. Increasing the quality and capacity for marine science research and education at Hawaii Pacific University $29,035

2010 NOAA John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program (co- investigator with P.I. K. West). Improving the Quality of Stranding Data Collected in the Main Hawaiian Islands $100,000

2010 Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program (TSEP). Biomarkers of Contaminant Exposure in Free-Ranging Cetaceans of Hawai’I $3,160

2009 NOAA Sea Grant Program Development Grant. Assessing Species-Specific Susceptibility to Effects of Plastic Ingestion in Hawaiian Seabirds $9,999

2009 NOAA John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program (co- investigator with K. West). Improving the Quality of Stranding Data Collected in Hawaii and American Samoa $100,000

2008 Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program (TSEP). Biomarkers of Contaminant Exposure in Cetaceans of Hawai’I $6,800

2001  National Institutes of Health Post Doctoral Training Grant (renewal with David Sherr)

2002  National Institutes of Health Post Doctoral Training Grant (with David Sherr, Boston University School of Public Health

1998 NOAA National Sea Grant College Program Project, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) (with Mark Hahn, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

1997 Ocean Ventures Fund 

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Service

Professional Service

2011-present Peer Reviewer, Toxicological Sciences

2011-present Peer Reviewer, Aquatic Mammals

2010-present Peer Reviewer, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

1997-9 Student Member-at-Large, Society for Marine Mammalogy Board of Governors

Community Service

2009-present Parent Member, School Community Council, Maunawili Elementary School, Kailua, HI

Honors and Awards

2004 ETS Recognition of Excellence for outstanding score on the Praxis Series Biology: Content Knowledge

1999 Service Recognition Award, Society for Marine Mammalogy for Service as Student Member-at-Large, Society for Marine Mammalogy Board of Governors

1999 Second Place for Best Student Oral Presentation, Tenth International Symposium on Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms (PRIMO)

1995 Finalist, Environmental Protection Agency Graduate Fellowship Program

1994 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention

1994 Natural Science Collegium Scholarship and Service Award Eckerd College

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