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Nicole Martinez

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

Ph.D.: Radiological Health Sciences, 2014, Colorado State University
M.S.: 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 the evaluation of lake trophic structure effect on iodine accumulation in fish, the development and application of various computational phantoms for internal dosimetry of rainbow trout, and the assessment of reflectance spectroscopy as a potential tool for use in phytoremediation. Martinez’s current research focuses on the behavior and effects of radiological contaminants in the environment, including radiation transport modeling, 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.

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

Donaher, S.E., Dunn, R.P., Gonzales, A.K., Wattier, B.D., Powell, B.A., Martinez, N.E., 2023. Tissue-Specific Toxicokinetics of Aqueous Radium-226 in an Estuarine Mussel, Geukensia demissa. Environ. Sci. Technol. 57, 3187–3197. doi:10.1021/ACS.EST.2C09421/ASSET/IMAGES/LARGE/ES2C09421_0005.JPEG

Manglass, L.M., Vogel, C.M., Wintenberg, M., Blenner, M.A., Martinez, N.E., 2023. Flowthrough of 239PU and 55FE during RNA extraction. J. Radiol. Prot. 43. doi:10.1088/1361-6498/ACB15D

Montgomery, D.A., Edayilam, N., Page, H., Sheriff, S.A., Tharayil, N., Powell, B.A., Martinez, N.E., 2023. Comparative uptake, translocation, and plant-mediated transport of Tc-99, Cs-133, Np-237, and U-238 in Savannah River Site soil columns for the grass species Andropogon virginicus. Sci. Total Environ. 857, 159400. doi:10.1016/J.SCITOTENV.2022.159400

Phillips, S.H., Donaher, S.E., Powell, B.A., Tharayil, N., Martinez, N.E., 2023. The Influence of Iron and Ligand Type on Plutonium Uptake in Two Strains of Hydroponically Grown Corn (Zea Mays). Health Phys. 124, 97–105. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000001638

Wattier, B.D., Gonzales, A.K., Martinez, N.E., 2023. Perfluorooctanoic acid uptake in the mustard species Brassica juncea. J. Environ. Qual. 52, 199–206. doi:10.1002/JEQ2.20431

Wintenberg, M., Manglass, L., Martinez, N.E., Blenner, M., 2023. Global Transcriptional Response of Escherichia coli Exposed In Situ to Different Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation Sources. mSystems 8. doi:10.1128/MSYSTEMS.00718-22

Voigt, G., Martinez, N.E., Garnier-Laplace, J., Maher, F., Cousins, C., Hirth, G., Czarwinski, R., Sapoi, R., Suzuki, K., Qiu, R., Belinco, M., Di Giorgio, M., 2022. Women in radiation (WiR)—a perspective for the strengthening of radiation protection. J. Radiol. Prot. 42, 010502. doi:10.1088/1361-6498/AC2909

Wieder, J.S., Schneider, T., Martinez, N.E., 2022. The three R’s of reasonable in radiological protection: relationships, rationale, and resources. J. Radiol. Prot. 42. doi:10.1088/1361-6498/AC563B

Wijewardana, C., Gonzales, A.K., Vogel, C.M., Martinez, N.E., 2022. 17α-Ethynylestradiol-induced changes in Brassica rapa during the seedling growth stage. Agrosystems, Geosci. Environ. 5, e20258. doi:10.1002/AGG2.20258

Manglass, L., Wintenberg, M., Blenner, M., Martinez, N., 2021. Pu-239 Accumulation in E. Coli and P. Putida Grown in Liquid Cultures. Health Phys. 121, 484–493. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000001455



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)