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Nicole Martinez

Nicole MartinezAssociate Professor
108 CETL
Anderson, SC 29625
Office: 864.656.1984
Fax: 864.656.0672

PhD: Radiological Health Sciences, 2014, Colorado State University
MS: Radiological Health Sciences, 2011, Colorado State University

Classes | Publications | Honors | CV

Faculty Overview

Nicole Martinez joined Clemson University as an Assistant Professor in August 2014, as part of a unique departmental program designed to address broad environmental issues associated with anthropogenic and natural radioactivity. Dr. Martinez received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Radiological Health Sciences from Colorado State University, specializing in health physics and radioecology, respectively. Prior to attending graduate school she served in the United States Navy as a nuclear power instructor and radiation health officer. The main achievements of her doctoral work were evaluation of lake trophic structure effect on iodine accumulation in fish, development and application of various computational phantoms for internal dosimetry of rainbow trout, and assessment of reflectance spectroscopy as a potential tool for use in phytoremediation. Dr. Martinez’s current research focuses on the behavior and effects of radiological contaminants in the environment, to include radiation transport modelling, improved dosimetric methods, chronic low dose effects to and multi-contaminant response in non-human biota, and mechanisms of competitive uptake in plants. This work contributes to the major research areas in radioecology lacking in data, and supports the increasing public interest in nuclear energy, decommissioning, waste management, and environmental stewardship.

Professor Nicole Martinez is a Collaborator on the Department of Energy, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Implementation Project "Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities" (2014-Present)

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

EES 4100/6100  Environmental Radiation Protection
EES 4140/6140  Radioecology
EES 4800/6800  Environmental Risk Assessment
EES 4900 Env Co-contaminant Exposure
EES 8150 Radiobiology

Selected Publications

Edayilam, N., Ferguson, B., Montgomery, D., Al Mamun, A., Martinez, N., Powell, B.A., Tharayil, N., 2020. Dissolution and Vertical Transport of Uranium from Stable Mineral Forms by Plants as Influenced by the Co-occurrence of Uranium with Phosphorus. Environ. Sci. Technol. 54, 6602–6609.

Montgomery, D.A., Martinez, N.E., 2020. Dosimetric modeling of Tc-99, Cs-137, Np-237, and U-238 in the grass species Andropogon Virginicus: Development and comparison of stylized, voxel, and hybrid phantom geometry. J. Environ. Radioact. 211.

Rhodes, O.E., Bréchignac, F., Bradshaw, C., Hinton, T.G., Mothersill, C., Arnone, J.A., Aubrey, D.P., Barnthouse, L.W., Beasley, J.C., Bonisoli-Alquati, A., Boring, L.R., Bryan, A.L., Capps, K.A., Clément, B., Coleman, A., Condon, C., Coutelot, F., DeVol, T., Dharmarajan, G., Fletcher, D., Flynn, W., Gladfelder, G., Glenn, T.C., Hendricks, S., Ishida, K., Jannik, T., Kapustka, L., Kautsky, U., Kennamer, R., Kuhne, W., Lance, S., Laptyev, G., Love, C., Manglass, L., Martinez, N., Mathews, T., McKee, A., McShea, W., Mihok, S., Mills, G., Parrott, B., Powell, B., Pryakhin, E., Rypstra, A., Scott, D., Seaman, J., Seymour, C., Shkvyria, M., Ward, A., White, D., Wood, M.D., Zimmerman, J.K., 2020. Integration of ecosystem science into radioecology: A consensus perspective. Sci. Total Environ. 740, 140031.

Root, C.M., Devol, T.A., Sinclair, R.R., Martinez, N.E., 2020. A Mixed-methods Approach for Improving Radiation Safety Culture in Open-source University Laboratories. Health Phys. 118, 427–437.

Willey, A.H., DeVol, T.A., Martinez, N.E., 2019. Thermal Neutron Characterization and Dose Modeling of a 239PuBe Alpha-Neutron Source. Health Phys. 117, 669–679.

Martinez, N.E., 2018. Women in the Radiation Sciences and the Importance of Building Community. Health Phys. 115, 547–549. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000000916

Martinez, N.E., Sharp, J.L., Johnson, T.E., Kuhne, W.W., Stafford, C.T., Duff, M.C., 2018. Reflectance-Based Vegetation Index Assessment of Four Plant Species Exposed to Lithium Chloride. Sensors (Basel). 18. doi:10.3390/S18092750

Montgomery, D., Edayilam, N., Tharayil, N., Powell, B., Martinez, N., 2018. The Uptake and Translocation of 99Tc, 133Cs, 237Np, and 238U Into Andropogon Virginicus With Consideration of Plant Life Stage. Health Phys. 115, 550–560. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000000848

Roessler, G., McBurney, R., Pryor, K.H., Hamrick, B., Kirner, N.P., Martinez, N.E., 2018. Presidential Perspectives. Health Phys. 115, 608–615. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000000849

Cho, K.-W., Cantone, M.-C., Kurihara-Saio, C., Le Guen, B., Martinez, N., Oughton, D., Schneider, T., Toohey, R., ZöLzer, F., Authors on behalf of ICRP, 2018. ICRP Publication 138: Ethical Foundations of the System of Radiological Protection. Ann. ICRP 47, 1–65. doi:10.1177/0146645317746010


Awards & Honors

Elda E. Anderson Award, Health Physics Society (2019)

Bo Lindell Medal for the Promotion of Radiological Protection (2018)

Young Investigator’s Award, 3rd International Conference on Radioecology & Environmental Radioactivity, International Union of Radioecology (2014)

F. Ward Whicker Scholarship, Environmental/Radon Section of the Health Physics Society (2012)

Burton J. Moyer Memorial Fellowship, Health Physics Society (2010)

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, USN (2007)