Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Bruce W Tripp

Curriculum Vitae


Research Associate
Coastal Ocean Institute
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543
Tel. 508-289-2900

Home Address:
44 Walker Street
Falmouth, MA 02540


1960-1965 New Bedford Institute of Technology, undergraduate chemistry major. University of Rhode Island (B.S., agricultural chemistry, 1965).

1964-1966 University of Rhode Island. Research Assistant in agricultural chemistry, pesticide analysis in food crops and animal tissue.

1966-1969 Peace Corps Volunteer, Brazil. Rural community development.

1969-1971 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Research Assistant in Chemistry. Isolation and identification of biologically active chemicals.

1970-1993 Graduate level, marine-related courses (M.I.T. special student); plus Introduction to Substantive Law, Environmental Dispute Resolution, multiple short courses including analytical chemistry instrumentation, geographic information systems and computer systems.

1971-1973 WHOI Coordinator of a workshop in coastal zone management, including workshop planning and post-workshop editing of report, A?The Water's EdgeA? (MIT Press).

1973-1976 WHOI Research Assistant in Chemistry. Analysis of hydrocarbons in coastal and open ocean marine sediments.

1976-1985 WHOI Research Associate in Chemistry. Develop and use in situ experimentation apparatus to investigate the role of benthic organisms in the distribution and degradation of fossil fuel-derived aromatic hydrocarbons in coastal environments. Biogeochemistry of aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons. Participate in science advisory activities and assist with administration of WHOI Coastal Research Center.

1979-1985 Oceanic Literature Review/Deep Sea Research. Abstract journal articles in the fields of organic geochemistry, environmental pollution, marine policy, coastal zone management.

1985-1988 Leave of Absence to Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Advise Secretary of EOEA and coordinate EPA-funded National Estuary Program in Buzzards Bay, involving academic research, state agency coastal monitoring and resource management .

1988-1993 WHOI Research Associate, Coastal Research Center. CRC coordinator, assist administration, including project coordination, long-range planning, liason with state and federal agencies, staff supervision. Funded projects include: review existing analytical chemistry methods for toxics in marine animals, analyze deep water dump site sediments, data base development, Executive Officer International Mussel Watch, and local host for Gulf of Maine Scientific Symposium.

1993-1998 WHOI Research Associate, Rinehart CRC Assistant Director. Manage day-to-day administration of Coastal Research Center, including supervision of RCRC staff and budget. Oversight of RCRC outreach effort. Represent WHOI at Gulf of Maine Research Association (Vice-Chair, 1996-98); and National Association of Marine Labs. Funded projects include: Executive Officer, International Mussel Watch; USGS contaminated sediment database development; Kazakhstani scientific training; co-teach Mass Maritime Academy, course in Environmental Pollution Monitoring, conduct assessment of Gulf of Maine Monitoring program, develop "Coastal Briefs", a collection of electronic scientific summaries.

1998-2004 WHOI Research Associate, and COI-RCRC Assistant Director. Oversight of RCRC outreach effort, including Website. Represent WHOI at Gulf of Maine Research Association and National Association of Marine Labs. Funded projects include: USGS contaminated sediment database publication: co-teach Mass Maritime Academy, course in Environmental Pollution Monitoring, review oil drilling on Georges Bank, develop regional coastal observatory website. Field and laboratory research in cycling of natural organics in the coastal and open ocean. Student mentoring, including Summer Fellow field introduction to ocean samplers.


i) Experience with large project administration, including annual workplan develop-ment, RfP selection decision making, contract administration and oversight, final report preparation and presentation. Experience with workshop organization and management, including report editing/publication.

ii) Supervisory experience, laboratory and administrative assistants; students.

iii) Knowledge of analytical methods for environmental chemistry; responsibility for instrument maintenance and trouble-shooting; quantification of trace components in complex mixtures.

iv) Sea experience, including use and maintenance of various water and sediment samplers as well as other oceanographic techniques. Field sampling skills.

v) Basic fluency in Portuguese (Brasil). Training in Dispute Resolution.


Co-authorship of approximately three dozen scientific publications and technical reports, primarily on hydrocarbons in the marine environment. List appended below.


Presented paper and/or assisted with meeting organization for numerous scientific workshops and symposia.

Participated as member of committees related to coastal management, oil spill response, and coastal monitoring.

Team-teach Massachusetts Maritime Academy undergraduate course in Coastal Environmental Monitoring.
Member, Sigma Xi, The Oceanography Society
Vetelsen Award, 1994; annual award by WHOI to A?employee of the yearA?, nominated and selected by WHOI staff.
Dispute Resolution, basic training, 30-hour certificate course, 2004.

Falmouth Committee on Land Acquisition for Open Space Preservation and Conservation, 1974-1976.
Falmouth Town Meeting, 1979-2004 (elected to sequential 3-year terms).
Troop Committee; Boy Scout Troop 38, 1979-1992.
Judge, Falmouth High School Science Fair, 1980-2004.
Falmouth Conservation Commission, 1983-1987. Chairman, 1985-1987, Associate Member, 1987-Present.
Member, Citizens Advisory Committee, South Cape Beach Management, 1984-1985.
Co-founder (1985) and Member (1985-Present), Citizens Advisory Board, Falmouth 300 Committee (land trust), .
Falmouth representative, Buzzards Bay Advisory Committee, 1988-1994. (appointment by Board of Selectmen).
Falmouth representative, Cape Cod Marine Water Quality Task Force, 1990-1992 (appointment by Board of Selectmen).
Falmouth Representative (alternate), Cape Cod Coastal Resources Committee, 1992-96 (appointment by Board of Selectmen)
Member, Board of Directors, Assoc. for the Preservation of Cape Cod, 1992-98.
Guardian Award; Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 1993
Falmouth Cranberry Bog Committee, 1996-98
Chair, Black Beach-Sippiwissett Marsh DCPC Committee, 1996-98 (appointment by Board of Selectmen)
Univ. of Mass. Cranberry Bog Integrated Pest Management Committee, 1999-present


WHOI representative to Regional Research Association for the Gulf of Maine, 1992-2004 (vice chair, 1996-98)
WHOI representative to National Association of Marine Labs, 1996-2004.

Helden Associates, with I. Valiela, 1974. Impact of construction on salt marsh and estuary (hydrocarbon analyses).
Town of Falmouth, with S. Wakeham, 1980. Assessment of tetrachloroethylene in public water distribution network (water analyses).
Town of Falmouth, 1980-1982. Analyses of Ashumet Pond water samples for water quality assessment (hydrocarbon analysis).
Jardine Glanville Ltd., with J. Farrington, 1983. Assessment of Cabinda Gulf Oil Co./SONAGOL blowout of well 45-2x, Angola (data assessment).
U.S. EPA, with John Farrington, 1985-1987. Advice in support of court suit filed as a part of New Bedford Harbor Superfund (data review).
Town of Falmouth, with Chris Clark, 1988. Promulgation of wetlands protection regulations under authority of local bylaw (co-author wetlands regulations).
Town of Falmouth, assist to revise and update "Open Space Plan", 1991
Woods Hole Group, 1998. Assist in proposal preparation, Caspian Sea Environmental Programme.
Woods Hole Group, 1998. Document control, and editing in preparation of Salem Power Plant discharge permit application.


Boylan, D.B. and Tripp, B.W., 1971. Determination of hydrocarbons in seawater extracts of crude oil and crude oil fractions. Nature, 230:44-47.

Ketchum, B.H. and Tripp, B.W., 1972. Chapter 1. In: The Water's Edge: Critical Problems of the Coastal Zone, Ketchum, B.H. (ed.), MIT Press.

Farrington, J.W. and Tripp, B.W., 1975. A comparison of analysis methods for hydrocarbons in surface sediments. In: Marine Chemistry in the Coastal Environment, Church, T.M. (ed.), ACS Symposium Series No. 18.

Farrington, J.W., Frew, N.M., Gschwend, P.M. and Tripp, B.W., 1977. Hydrocarbons in cores of northwestern Atlantic coastal and continental margin sediments. Estuarine and Coastal Marine Science, 5:793-808.

Farrington, J.W. and Tripp, B.W., 1977. Hydrocarbons in western North Atlantic surface sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 41:1627-1641.

Wakeham, S.G., Farrington, J.W., Gagosian, R.B., Lee, C., DeBaar, H., Nigrelli, G.E., Tripp, B.W., Smith, S.O. and Frew, N.M., 1980. Organic matter fluxes from sediment traps in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean. Nature, 286:798-800.

Wakeham, S.G., Davis, A.C., Witt, R.T., Tripp, B.W. and Frew, N.M., 1980. Tetra-chloroethylene contamination of drinking water by vinyl-coated asbestos-cement pipe. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol., 25:639-645.

Tripp, B.W., Farrington, J.W. and Teal, J.M., 1981. Unburned coal as a source of hydrocarbons in surface sediments. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 12:126-130.

Farrington, J.W., Tripp, B.W., Teal, J.M., Mille, G., Tjessem, K., Davis, A.C., Livramento, J.B., Hayward, N.A. and Frew, N.M., 1982. Biogeochemistry of aromatic hydrocarbons in the benthos of microcosm experiments. Toxicol. and Environ. Chem., 5:331-346.

Farrington, J.W., Tripp, B.W., Davis, A.C. and Sulanowski, J., 1985. One view of the role of scientific information in the solution of enviro-economic problems. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Utilization of Coastal Ecosystems: Planning, Pollution and Productivity. 21-27 November 1982, Rio Grande, RS, Brazil, pp. 73-102.

Tripp, B.W. and Farrington, J.W., 1985. Monitoring chemical changes in the coastal zone. In: Gambling with the Shore, Proceedings of the Coastal Society, 9th Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, October 1984, pp. 195-202.

Farrington, J.W., Wakeham, S.G., Livramento, J.B., Tripp, B.W. and Teal, J.M., 1986. Aromatic hydrocarbons in New York Bight polychaetes: UV-fluorescence analyses and GC/MS analyses. Environmental Science and Technology, 20:69-72.

Farrington, J.W., Davis, A.C., Brownawell, B.J., Tripp, B.W., Clifford, C.H. and Livramento, J.B., 1986. Some aspects of the biogeochemistry of polychlorinated biphenyls in the Acushnet River estuary. Symposium on Organic Marine Geochemistry. Symposium Series No. 305, ACS Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, April 1986, Sohn, M. (ed.), pp. 174-197.

Farrington, J.W., Davis, A.C., Tripp, B.W., Phelps, D.K. and Galloway, W.B., 1986. ??A???A???A???A?Mussel Watch??A???A???A???A?: measurements of chemical pollutants in bivalves as one indicator of coastal environmental quality. In: New Approaches to Monitoring Aquatic Ecosystems, ASTM STP 940, Boyle, T.P. (ed.) pp. 125-139.

McElroy, A.E., Tripp, B.W., Farrington, J.W. and Teal, J.M., 1987. Biogeochemistry of Benz(a)anthracene at the sediment-water interface. Chemosphere, 16:2429-2440.

Teal, J.M., J.W. Farrington, K.A. Burns, J.J. Stegeman, B.W. Tripp, B. Woodin and C. Phinney, 1992 The West Falmouth Oil Spill After 20 Years: Fate of Fuel Oil Compounds and Effects on Animals. Marine Pollut. Bull., 24(12): 607-614.

Farrington, J.W. and B.W. Tripp, 1993. International Mussel Watch: status and trends of chemical contaminants in the world's coastal ocean. Oceanus, 36(2): 62-64.

Takada, H., J.W. Farrington, M.H. Bothner, C.G. Johnson, and B.W. Tripp, 1994. Transport of Sludge-Derived Organic Pollutants to Deep-Sea Sediments at Deep-Water Dump Site 106. Environ. Sci. and Technol., 28(6): 1062-1072.

Takada, H., F. Satoh, M. Bothner, B. Tripp, C. Johnson and J. Farrington, 1997. Anthropogenic Molecular Markers: tools to identify the sources and transport pathways of pollutants. R.P. Eganhouse, Ed. ACS Sympos. Series 671, Orlando, FL, 25-30 Aug. 1996, Amer. Chem. Soc., Washington, DC.

Shaw, D.G., J.W. Farrington, M.S. Connor, B.W. Tripp and J.R. Schubel. 2000. The role of environmental scientists in public policy: a lesson from Georges Bank. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 40(9): 727-730


Farrington, J.W., Teal, J.M. and Tripp, B.W. Experimental studies of hydrocarbons in benthic animals and sediments, 1979. Marine Pollution Transfer Processes, IAPSO Symposium PS-9, Dec. 1979, Canberra, Australia, Waldichuck, M. (ed.); (oral presentation).

Farrington, J.W., Sulanowski, J., Davis, A.C., Staresinic, N., Tripp, B.W., Levin, H. and Stathopolos, L., 1983. PCB biogeochemistry in the Acushnet River estuary, (abstract). 4th International Dumping Symposium, Plymouth, England.

Peterson, S. and Tripp, B.W., 1984. Conference Report; Mussel Watch II: Chemical Changes in the Coastal Zone. Marine Policy, July.

Farrington, J.W., Jia, X., Clifford, C.H., Tripp, B.W., Livramento, J.B., Davis, A.C., Frew, N.M. and Johnson, C.G., 1986. No. 2 fuel oil compound retention and release by Mytilus edulis: 1983 Cape Cod Canal oil spill. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Technical Report, WHOI-86-8/CRC-86-1, Woods Hole, MA.

Farrington, J.W., Tripp, B.W. and Davis, A.C., 1986. Body burdens of contaminants. In: Contaminant Levels and Relative Sensitivities to Contamination in Deep-Ocean Communities, Grassle et al.. NOAA Tech. Memo, NOS-OMA-26, Rockville, MD.

Tripp, B.W., 1985. Buzzards Bay Bibliography: a reference collection of scientific and technical reports published on Buzzards Bay. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Technical Report, WHOI-85-27/CRC-85-1, Woods Hole, MA.

Tripp, B.W., 1989. WHOI Coastal Research Center: Report of the Period March 1986-July 1988. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Coastal Research Center Technical Report, WHOI-89-7/CRC-89-1, Woods Hole, MA

Tripp, B.W., 1989. Monitoring and Management in Buzzards Bay: A Review of the National Estuary Program Partnership. Estuarine Research Federation Symposium, (oral presentation). 10th Biennial Research Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Teal, J.M., J.W. Farrington, B.W. Tripp, J.J. Stegeman, K.A. Burns, C. Phinney, B. Woodin, 1990. Long-term fate of spilled oil in a New England coastal ecosystem, (abstract-poster). Oil Spills-Management and Legislative Implications. Newport, RI, May, 1990.

Farrington, J.W., Takada, H., McGroddy, S., Tripp, B.W. and Clifford, C.H., 1991. Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Coastal and Continental Margin Sediments: Review and Recent Findings. (oral presentation) American Chemical Society, April 1991, Atlanta, GA.

Tripp, B.W., J.W. Farrington, E.D. Goldberg, J. Sericano, 1992. International Mussel Watch: initiation of the first implementation phase. Mar. Pollut. Bull., 24(7):371-373.

Tripp, B.W., G.R. Hampson, D.F. Leavitt , D.M. Burdick and M.P. Zakaria (unpublished MS) Preliminary Observations of the Bermuda Star oil spill. WHOI-CRC Tech Rept.

Farrington, J.W., and B.W. Tripp (Eds.) 1994. International Mussel Watch Project: initial implementation phase final report. NOAA Tech. Memo NOS-ORCA 95. Silver Spring, MD.

Tripp, B.W., G.S. Giese and J.M. Robb, 1995. Coastal Briefs: electronic access to scientific information, (abstract-poster). 4th Scientific Meeting, TOS. Newport, RI, Apr. 1995.

Sericano, J., J.W. Farrington, B.W. Tripp, and E.D. Goldberg, 1995. International Mussel Watch: monitoring chemical contaminants in coastal Latin America, (abstract-poster). 4th Scientific Meeting, TOS. Newport, RI, Apr. 1995.

Tripp, B.W., C. Polloni and P. Truesdale, 1998. Illustrated Environmental Bibliograbhy for Buzzards Bay, MA. USGS Open File Report 98-50, CD-ROM.

Shaw, D.G., J.W. Farrington, M.S. Connor, B.W. Tripp and J.R. Schubel. 1999. Potential Environmental Consequences of Petroleum Exploration and Development on Georges Bank New England Aquarium Aquatic Forum Series, 99-3. Boston, MA.

Buchholtz, ten Brink, M.R., Manheim, F.T., Mecray, E.L. , Hastings, M.E., and Currence, J.M., Farrington, J.W., Fredette, T.J., Jones, S.H., Liebman, M.L., Larsen, P.F., Smith Leo, W., Tripp, B.W., Wallace, Jr., G.T., and Ward, L.G., 2002. Contaminated sediments database for the Gulf of Maine. U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report No. 02-403, Available online at

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