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Dalma Martinovic

Department Chair, Professor

Biochemistry
Biology
Data Analytics

  • Education
  • BS, Ecology, University of Zagreb, Croatia
    MS, Biological Sciences, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, USA
    PhD, Fisheries Science & Water Resources, University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN, USA
  • Expertise
  • Environmental Toxicology and Health
  • Research Interests
  • Dr. Dalma Martinović-Weigelt is committed to supporting ideals of open society through her research activities. Her academic program strives to inform and shape policies that promote environmental protection and justice. Specific recent research interests include: 1) Characterization of effects of environmental stressors and contaminants (in vivo, in vitro and in silico) to inform environmental risk assessment, 2) Optimization and development of approaches for bioeffects-based environmental monitoring (high content/throughput tools), and 3) Characterization of proximate mechanisms that underlie behavior and reproduction in fish.

Dalma Martinović-Weigelt completed her MS in Biological Sciences (U of MS) and PhD in Fisheries Science & Water Resources (U of MN-Twin Cities), and has served as a National Academies Research Associate at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA; 2006-09). Dr. Martinović-Weigelt is a professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, USA (2009-present).

Dr. Martinović-Weigelt has co-authored circa 50 research manuscripts and two books that assess occurrence and the effects of chemicals of emerging concern and other stressors. Dr. Martinović-Weigelt is a recipient of several U.S. EPA’s Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Journal and is a recipient of research funding from a variety of state and federal agencies including the U.S. Environmental Pollution Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and National Science Foundation.


All publications available here

(*St. Thomas students)

Malev, O, Lovrić, M, Stipaničev, D, Repec, S, Martinović-Weigelt, D, Zanella, D, Ivanković, T, Sindičić Đuretec, V, Barišić J, Li, M, Klobučar, G. Toxicity prediction and effect characterization of 90 pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs measured in plasma of fish from a major European river (Sava, Croatia). Env. Poll. 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115162.

He, Y*; Lai, C, Martinovic-Weigelt, D; Long, Z. A Pipeline Approach in Identifying Important Input Features from Neural Networks. 2019. 14th Annual Conference System of Systems Engineering (SoSE) eCF Paper Id: 1570530675

McGuire JT, Cozzarelli IM, Bekins BA, Link H*, Martinović-Weigelt D. Toxicity Assessment of Groundwater Contaminated by Petroleum Hydrocarbons at a Well-Characterized, Aged, Crude Oil Release Site. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2018: 52, 12172-178.

Martinović-Weigelt D, Mehinto AC, Ankley GT, Berninger JP, Collette TW, Davis JM, Denslow ND, Durhan EJ, Eid E*, Ekman DR, Jensen KM. Derivation and Evaluation of Putative Adverse Outcome Pathways for the Effects of Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors on Reproductive Processes in Female Fish. Tox. Sci. 2017: 156, 344-361

Martinović-Weigelt D, Mehinto AC, Ankley GT, Denslow ND , Barber LB, Lee KE, King, RJ*, Schoenfuss HL, Schroeder, A.L., Villeneuve DL. Transcriptomic Effects-Based Monitoring for Endocrine Active Chemicals: Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014: 48, 2395-2403.

Martinovic-Weigelt D, Minarik TA, Curran EM, Marchuk JS*, Pazderka MJ*, Smith EA*, Goldenstein RL*, Miresse CL*, Matlon TJ*, Schultz MM, Schoenfuss, HL. Environmental Estrogens in an Urban Aquatic Ecosystem: I. Spatial and Temporal Occurrence of Estrogenic Activity in Effluent-Dominated Systems. Environ Int. 2013: 61, 127-137.

Martinovic-Weigelt D, Ekman DR, Villeneuve DL, James CM*, Teng Q, Collette TW, Ankley GT. Fishy Aroma of Social Status: Urinary Chemo-Signalling of Territoriality in Male Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas). PLoS One. 2012; 7(11):e46579


  • Assessing Technique for Eliminating Contaminants to Protect Native Fish and Mussels. Funding provided by: Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. (2016-19)
  • Developing Predictive Approaches to Identify Mixtures of Contaminants of Emerging Concern Adversely Impacting Great Lakes Tributaries. Funding provided by: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. (2016-19)

  • Assessing Load Reduction and Biological Recovery After 500 MGD Treatment Upgrade in an Effluent-Dominated Aquatic Ecosystem. Funding provided by: National Science Foundation, CBET - Environmental Engineering Collaborative Research, (2014-17)

  • Evaluating oil spill toxicity to improve water remediation II. Funding provided by: National Crude Oil Spill Fate and Natural Attenuation Research Site, a collaborative venture of the USGS, Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, the Minnesota Pollution Control agency, and Beltrami County. (2016-17)

  • Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Urban Stormwater: Occurrence, Effects, and Mitigation by Best Management Practices.Funding provided by: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. (2016-17)

  • Utilizing Systems Biology Approaches To Prioritize Environmental Toxicants in Aquatic Ecosystems. Funding provided by: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (2014-15)