Benjamin Parrott

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Faculty
Joint appointment: Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

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Postdoctoral Scholar, Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina & Hollings Marine Laboratory

Ph.D. in Cellular Biology, University of Georgia

B.S. in Biology, University of North Carolina—Wilmington

Research Interests
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Integrative Organismal Ecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Reproductive Health & Aging

We are broadly interested in questions of environmental health. How does the environment experienced by a developing embryo influence health outcomes later in life? Are these interactions adaptive or disruptive? What are the mechanisms? What are the consequences at the individual, population, and ecosystem levels? We are also pursuing projects that examine how environmental quality influences fundamental processes of biological aging. What are the mechanisms by which factors like exposures to contaminants influence aging trajectories? Much of our active research is focused on addressing these questions in environmental models and humans. Check out our website which is updated more frequently.



Selected Publications

Johnson JM, Bock SL, Smaga CR, Lambert MR, Rainwater TR, Wilkinson PM, Parrott BB. Investigating the relationships between maternally-transferred mercury and hatchling development, behavior, and survival in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). 2023. Science of the Total Environment In Press.

Gardner S, Bertucci EM, Sutton R, Horcher A, Aubrey D, Parrott BB. Development of DNA methylation-based epigenetic age predictors in Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). 2023. Molecular Ecology Resources 23(1):131-144.

Bock SL, Smaga CR, McCoy JA, Parrott BB. Genome-wide DNA methylation patterns harbor signatures of hatchling sex and past incubation temperature in a species with environmental sex determination. 2022. Molecular Ecology 31(21):5487-5505.

Hale MD, Parrott BB. Precocious estrogen signals underlie altered ovarian function in a model of environmental health. 2020. Environmental Health Perspectives 128(11):117003.

Parrott BB, Bertucci EM. Epigenetic aging clocks in ecology and evolution. 2019. Trends in Ecology and Evolution34(9):767-770.