- B.S., Michigan State University
- M.S., Ph.D., College of William and Mary
Developing biosensors for environmental contaminant analysis, chemical and physical behavior of aquatic pollutants, translation of research results to help improve environmental management and policy.
- Development of antibody-based biosensors for the quantitative measurement of environmental contaminants-NIEHS-SRP
- Using new biosensor technology to elucidate the distribution, fate, and bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in the environment-NIEHS-SRP
- Real-time quantification of the dissolved components released from oil-ExxonMobil
- Conducting laboratory and field studies to help understand relationships between sediment contamination, bioaccumulation and adverse biological effects in aquatic organisms-Commonwealth of Virginia, Elizabeth River Project
- Long-term monitoring of the fate and effects of TBT and Kepone in Chesapeake Bay-Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Environmental Endowment
- S. E. Hartzell, M. A. Unger, G. G. Vadas and L. Yonkos. 2018. Evaluating porewater PAH-related toxicity at a contaminated sediment site using a spiked field-sediment approach. Environ. Chem. and Toxicol. Vol. 37, no.3, pp 893-902. DOI: 10.1002/etc.4023
- M. A. Unger and G. G. Vadas. 2017. Kepone in the James River Estuary: Past, Current and Future Trends. Final Report submitted to The Virginia Environmental Endowment. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary Published on line: https://doi.org/10.21220/V5ZW35
- S. E. Hartzell, M. A. Unger, B. L. McGee and L. Yonkos. 2017. Effects-based spatial assessment of contaminated estuarine sediments from Bear Creek, Baltimore Harbor, MD, USA. Environ. Sci. and Pollut. Res. 24:22158-2172. DOI 10.1007/s11356-017-9667-0
- Li, X., S. L. Kaattari, M. A. Vogelbein, and M. A. Unger. 2016. Evaluation of a time efficient immunization strategy for anti-PAH antibody development. Journal of Immunoassay and Immunochemistry. Vol. 37, Issue 6, 671-683.
- Harding, J. M., M. A. Unger, E. A. Jestel and R. Mann. 2016. Sex and site-specific trends in veined rapa whelk (Rapana venosa) tributyltin bioaccumulation: considerations for biomonitoring. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom pp.1-10. doi:10.1017/S0025315416000849
- Li, X., S. L. Kaattari, M. A. Vogelbein, G. G. Vadas and M. A. Unger. 2016. A highly sensitive monoclonal antibody based biosensor for quantifying 3-5 ring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in aqueous environmental samples. Sensing and Bio-sensing Research. 7:115-120.
- Harding, J. M., M. A. Unger, R. Mann, E. A. Jestel and C. Kilduff. 2013. Rapana venosa as an indicator species for TBT exposure over decadal and seasonal scales. Mar. Biol. 160:3027-3042.
- Spier, C. S., M. A. Unger and S. L. Kaattari. 2012. Antibody-Based Biosensors for Small Environmental Pollutants: Focusing on PAHs In: Biosensors and Environmental Health. (Eds. Preedy, V.R. and Patel, V.B.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. P. 273-295.
- Spier, C. S., G. G. Vadas, S. L. Kaattari and M. A. Unger. 2011. Near-real-time, on-site, quantitative analysis of PAHs in the aqueous environment using an antibody-based biosensor. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. Vol. 30, No.7, pp. 1557-1563.
- Prosser, C. M., M. A. Unger and W. K. Vogelbein. 2011. Multistressor interactions in the zebrafish (Danio rerio): Concurrent phenanthrene and Mycobacterium marinum infection. Aquat. Toxicol. Vol.102(3-4):177-185.
- Spier, C. S., E. S. Bromage, T. M. Harris, M. A. Unger and S. L. Kaattari. 2009. The development and evaluation of monoclonal antibodies for the detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Analytical Biochemistry, 387(2), 287-293.
- Unger, M. A., E. Harvey, G. G. Vadas, M Vecchione. 2008. Persistent pollutants in nine species of deep-sea cephalopods. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56, 1498-1500.
- Unger, M. A., M. C. Newman, G. G. Vadas. 2008. Predicting survival of Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio) exposed to naphthalene, fluorene, and dibenzothiophene. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 27, 1802-1808.
- MS 563: Environmental Chemistry
- Student, Michael Chasey, MS 1996 - Recipient of EPA STAR fellowship
- Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry