Professor and Principal Investigator

Dr. Maria S. Sepúlveda

Ph.D., Toxicology and Veterinary Sciences, University of Florida (1998-2000)
M.S., Wildlife Ecology, University of Florida (1993-1997)
D.V.M., Universidad de Chile (1985-1991)
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Maria Sepúlveda’s main area of research is ecotoxicology. Over the last decade, she has conducted extensive research evaluating the sublethal effects of a wide-range of environmental contaminants on the physiology of numerous terrestrial and aquatic species.


Laboratory Manager

Sam Guffey

B.S., 2011, Marine and Atmosphere Science, University of Miami, FL
M.S., 2013, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada


Technical Staff

Michael Lachetta

B.S., 2012, Biology and Ecological Sciences, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV.
M.S., 2015, Marine Science, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Michael is in charge of maintaining amphibians at the Purdue Wildlife Area and for assisting in research on the ecotoxicity of perfluorinated chemicals in toads, frogs and salamanders.


Graduate Students

Elizabeth (Lizz) Allmon

B.S., 2012, Biology and Ecological Sciences, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV.
M.S., 2015, Marine Science, University of Texas, Austin, TX

 Lizz is working on evaluating the effects of contaminants on the transcriptome of fish and amphibians.

Amy Godfrey

B.S., 2013, Biology, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

Amy is a PULSe Life Science Interdisciplinary PhD student and an IGERT Fellow working on evaluating the toxicity of new generation of flame retardants in zebrafish.


Gary Hoover

D.V.M., 2011-2015, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Gary is a PhD student working on immune function-related effects in fish and amphibians exposed to contaminants.


Amy Weber

Amy Weber

B.S., 2011, Forensic Science, Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI
M.S., 2013, Forensic Science, Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI

Amy is a PhD student working on developing tools for wildlife forensic studies.


International Visiting Scholars

Takako Hasebe

Takako is a PhD student from Utsunomiya University, Utsunomiya, Japan. Takako is developing a transgenic Japanese medaka line for the detection of estrogenic chemicals.


Rui Zhang

Rui is a PhD student from ShanDong University, China. Rui is working on the effects of nanoplastics on zebrafish.


Past Team Members