Dickey, Bob

Robert W Dickey

Director, Professor
Marine Science Institute, Department of Marine Science

Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Regents Chair in Marine Science

robert.dickey@utexas.edu

Phone: 361-749-6730

Office Location
S06 211

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Mar Sci Inst-Port Aran
750 Channel View Dr
Port Aransas, TX 78373

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Botany/Plant Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1984

M.S., Biology/Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1980

B.S., Zoology/Animal Biology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1977

Robert has worked as a research scientist for 29 years and came to UTMSI in 2013 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory and Division of Seafood Science and Technology in Dauphin Island, Alabama where he served as director. He has substantial leadership and administrative experience in marine sciences, research facility administration, and a successful record of advocacy for marine science research and outreach programs that serve the public interest.  His expertise and research interests are in the areas of marine botany/phycology, marine toxins and bioactive natural products, and seafood safety.

  • Ylitalo, G.M., M.M. Krahn, W.W. Dickhoff, J.E. Stein, C.C. Walker, C.L. Lassitter, E.S. Garrett, L.L. Desfosse, K.M. Mitchell, B.T. Noble, S. Wilson, N.B. Beck, R.A. Benner, P.N. Koufopoulos, and R.W. Dickey. 2012. Federal seafood safety response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109(50):20274-20279.

  • Abraham, A., E.L.E. Jester, H.R. Granade, S.M. Plakas, and R.W. Dickey. 2012. Caribbean ciguatoxin profile in raw and cooked fish implicated in ciguatera. Food Chemistry 131:192-198.

  • Azziz-Baumgartner, E., G. Liber, L. Conklin, T.R. Tosteson, H.R. Granade, R.W. Dickey, and L.C. Backer. 2012. Assessing the incidence of ciguatera fish poisoning with two surveys conducted in Culebra, Puerto Rico during 2005 and 2006. Environ. Health Perspect. 120(4):526-529.

  • Dickey, R.W. 2012. FDA risk assessment of seafood contamination at the BP oil spill. Environ. Health Perspect. 120(2):54-55.

  • Dickey, R.W. and W.W. Dickhoff. 2012. Dispersant sand seafood safety: assessment of the potential impact of COREXIT® oil dispersants on seafood safety. In: The future of dispersant use in oil spill response initiative. Coastal Response Research Center, Research Planning Incorporated, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 252pp.

  • Dickey, R.W. and S.M. Plakas. 2010. Ciguatera: A Public Health Perspective. Toxicon 56:123-136.

  • Plakas, S.M. and R.W. Dickey. 2010. Advances in monitoring and toxicity assessment of brevetoxins in shellfish. Toxicon 56:137-149.

  • Friedman, M.A., L.E. Fleming, M. Fernandez, P. Bienfang, K. Schrank, R. Dickey, M.Y. Bottein, L. Backer, R. Ayyar, R. Weisman, S. Watkins, R. Granade, and A. Reich. 2008. Ciguatera Fish Poisoning: Treatment, Prevention and Management. Marine Drugs 6:456-479.

  • Dickey, R.W. 2008. Ciguatera Toxins: Chemistry, Toxicology and Detection. In: Seafood and Freshwater Toxins: Pharmacology, Physiology, and Detection, Luis M. Botana, Ed. CRC Press – Taylor and Francis, Second Edition, pp. 479-500.

  • Abraham, A., S.M. Plakas, Z. Wang, E.L.E. Jester, K.R. El Said, H.R. Granade, M.S. Henry, P.C. Blum, R.H. Pierce, and R.W. Dickey. 2006. Characterization of polar brevetoxin derivatives isolated from Karenia brevis cultures and natural blooms. Toxicon 48:104-115.

  • Landsberg, J.H., S. Hall, J.N. Johannessen, K.D. White, S.M. Conrad, J.P. Abbott, L.J. Flewelling, R.W. Richardson, R.W. Dickey, E.L. Jester, S.M. Etheridge, J.R. Deeds, F.M. Van Dolah, T.A. Leighfield, Y. Zou, C.G. Beaudry, R.A. Benner, P.L. Rogers, P.S. Scott, K. Kawabata, J.L. Wolney, and K.A. Steidinger. 2006. Saxitoxin puffer fish poisoning in the United States, with the first report of Pyrodinium bahamense as the putative toxic source. Environ. Health Perspect. 114:1502-1507.

  • Perez-Arellano, J.L., O.P. Luzardo, A. Perez Brito, C. Hernandez Cabrera, M. Zumbado, C. Carranza, A. Angel-Moreno, R.W. Dickey, and L.D. Boada. 2005. First report of ciguatera fish poisoning in West-African coast: a public health concern in the Canary Islands (Spain). Emerg. Infect. Dis. 11:1981-1982.

  • LePage, K.T., R.W. Dickey, W.H. Gerwick, E.L. Jester, and T.F. Murray. 2005. On the use of Neuro-2a Neuroblastoma Cells versus Intact Neurons in Primary Culture for Neurotoxicity Studies. Crit. Rev. Neurobiol. 17:27-50.

  • Wang, Z., S.M. Plakas, K.R. El Said, E.L.E. Jester, H.R. Granade, and R.W. Dickey. 2004. LC/MS Analysis of Brevetoxin Metabolites in the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica). Toxicon 43:455-465.

  • Dickey, R.W., S.M. Plakas, E.L.E. Jester, K.R. El Said, J.N. Johannessen, L.J. Flewelling, P. Scott, D.G. Hammond, F.M. Van Dolah, T.A. Leighfield, Y. Bottein, J.S. Ramsdell, M.D. Busman, P. Moeller, R.H. Pierce, M.S. Henry, M.A. Poli, C. Walker, J. Kurtz, J. Naar, D.G. Baden, S.M. Musser, P. Truman, M.A. Quilliam, D. Stirling, T.P. Hawryluk, M.M. Wekell, J.M. Hungerford, and K. Yoshitomi. 2003. Multi-Laboratory Study of FIVE Methods for 6the Determination of Brevetoxins in Shellfish Tissue Extracts. In: Harmful Algae 2002. Proceedings of the Xth International Conference on Harmful Algae. Steidinger, K.A., J.H. Landsberg, C.R. Thomas, and G.A. Vargo (Eds). Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

  • Plakas, S.M., K.R. El Said, E.L.E. Jester, Z. Wang, P.E. Eilers, H.R. Granade, and R.W. Dickey. 2003. Brevetoxin metabolism and elimination in the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica): implications for methods development. In: Harmful Algae 2002. Proceedings of the Xth International Conference on Harmful Algae. Steidinger, K.A., J. H. Landsberg, R.C. Tomas, and G.A. Vargo (Eds.). Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

  • Wang, Z., K.R. El Said, S.M. Plakas, and R. W Dickey. 2003. Sample Preparation Methods for Analysis of Brevetoxins in Oysters by LC/MS. In: Harmful Algae 2002. Proceedings of the Xth International Conference on Harmful Algae. Steidinger, K.A., J.H. Landsberg, C.R. Tomas, and G.A. Vargo (Eds.). Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

  • Nicholson, R.A., L.S. David, S.M. Plakas, K.R. El Said, E.L.E. Jester, and R.W. Dickey. 2003. An assay for the Brevetoxin Group of Sodium Channel Activators Based on Measurement of Membrane Depolarization in Synaptoneurosomes. In: Proceedings of the Eighth Canadian Workshop on Harmful Marine Algae. Bates, S.S. (Ed.). Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2498.

  • Wang, Z., S.M. Plakas, K.R. El Said, E.L.E. Jester, H.R. Granade, and R.W. Dickey. 2003. LC/MS Analysis of Brevetoxins and their Metabolites in the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica). Second Symposium on Harmful Marine Algae in the U.S. Woods Hole, MA. December 9-13, 2003.

  • Dickey, R.W., Z. Wang, S.M. Plakas, K.R. El Said, E.L.E. Jester, and H.R. Granade. 2003. Assessment of methods for the determination of Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning (NSP) toxins in the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica). Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation HABTech Workshop. Nelson, New Zealand. November 26-30, 2003.