School of the Environment

Charles H. Jagoe, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
School of the Environment
Florida A&M University
1515 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Tallahassee, FL 32307
Tel: 1-850-412-5691
Fax: 1-850-561-2248


Postdoctoral, Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, Rutgers University 1988-1990 

Ph. D., Zoology, University of Maine, Orono ME 1988

M.S., Zoology, University of Maine, Orono ME 1983

B.S., Biology, Clarkson University, Potsdam NY 1978

Research Interests

I am an ecotoxicologist interested in the effects of pollutants and other anthropogenic stresses on organisms and ecosystems.  I study the cycling, accumulation and effects of toxic compounds in the environment.  I am interested in 1) environmental processes controlling contaminant speciation, bioavailability and bioaccumulation; 2) biomarkers of contaminant exposure and stress; 3) applications of transgenic and invertebrate models in environmental toxicology; 4) risk assessment as applied to ecological problems, and 5) radioecology.  My current work includes studies of the impacts of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, mercury biogeochemistry and effects in coastal and estuarine systems, effects of pollutants on fish and wildlife, interactions among microbes and contaminants, and applications of remote sensing to assess environmental changes.

Selected Publications

 Bryan, A.L. Jr., Brant, H.A. Jagoe, C.H., Romanek, C.S. and I.L. Brisbin Jr. 2012 Mercury concentrations in nestling wading birds relative to diet in the southeastern United States: A stable isotope analysis. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 63:144-152


Ma, H., Glenn, T.C., Jagoe, C.H., and Williams, P.L. 2009. A transgenic strain of the nematode (Caenorhabditis elegans) as a biomonitor for heavy metal contamination. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 28:1311-1318


Wall, A.K., Seaman, J.C., Jagoe, C.H. and Dallas, C.E.  2006. Biological half life and oxidative stress effects in mice with low-level oral exposure to tritium.  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A. 69:201-213.

Stepanauskas, R., Glenn, T.C., Jagoe, C.H., Tuckfield, R.C., Lindell, A. and McArthur, J V.  2005. Elevated microbial tolerance to metals and antibiotics in metal-contaminated industrial environments Environmental Science and Technology 39: 3671-3678.


Shaw-Allen, P.L., Romanek, C.S., Bryan, A.L., Jr., Brant, H.A. and  Jagoe, C.H. 2005 Shifts in relative tissue delta N-15 values in snowy egret nestlings with dietary mercury exposure: A marker for increased protein degradation. Environmental Science and Technology 39:4226-4233


Unrine, J.M., Jagoe, C.H., Hopkins, W.A. and Brant, H.A. 2004. Adverse effects of ecologically relevant dietary mercury exposure in larvae of the southern leopard frog, Rana sphenocephala.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23(12): 2964-2970


Brant, H.A., C.H. Jagoe, J.W. Snodgrass, A.L. Bryan Jr. and J.C. Gariboldi. 2003. Potential risks to wood storks (Mycteria americana) from mercury in Carolina bay fish.  Environmental Pollution. 120:405-413


Jagoe, C.H., A.L. Bryan, Jr., H.A. Brant, T. M. Murphy, and  I.L. Brisbin, Jr. 2002. Mercury in Bald Eagle nestlings from South Carolina, USA.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases.38-706-712


Snodgrass, J.W., C.H. Jagoe, A.L. Bryan, Jr., H.A. Brant, and J. Burger. 2000. Effects of trophic status and wetland morphology, hydroperiod, and water chemistry on mercury concentrations in fish.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 57:171-180.


Jagoe, C.H., C.E. Dallas, R.K. Chesser, M.H. Smith, S. Lingenfelser, J.T. Lingenfelser, K.A. Holloman, and M. D. Lomakin. 1998.  Contamination near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant: radiocesium, lead and mercury in fishes and sediment radiocesium from waters within the 10 km zone.  Ecotoxicology. 7:201-209.


Jagoe, C.H., Arnold-Hill, B., Yanochko, G.M., Winger, P.V., and I.L. Brisbin Jr. 1998.  Mercury in Alligators  (Alligator mississippiensis) in the southeastern United States.  Science of the Total Environment 213:255-262.


Newman, M.C. and C.H. Jagoe, Editors.  1996. Ecotoxicology, A Hierarchical Treatment.  Lewis Publishers/ CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.  402 pp.


Currently Funded Grants

NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center.  A regional ecosystem approach for the conservation and sustainable management of coatal and marine resources.  Cooperative Agreement No: NA11SEC4810001 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  $14,900,000, September 2011-August 2016



Contact Info

1515 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3550
F: (850) 599-8183