Lauren Rust

Adjunct Faculty


M.Sc., 2007. University of Wales, Bangor, Wales, UK.

B.S., 2004. College of Charleston

Research Interests

  • Marine mammal conservation and rescue
  • Marine mammal ecology and physiology

Current and Planned Research Projects

  • Strand feeding by bottlenose dolphins
  • Strand feeding and human perceptions


  • Rust, L. B.K. Danil, S. R. Melin, and B. Wilkerson. 2019. Accuracy and precision of age determination using growth layer groups for California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) with known ages. Marine Mammal Science. In press.
  • Whitaker D.M., Reichley S.R., Griffin M.J., Prager K., Richey C.A., Kenelty K.V., Stevens B.N., Lloyd-Smith J.O., Johnson C.K., Duignan P., Johnson S., Rios C., DeLong R., Halaska B., Rust L., Byrne B.A., Struve C., Barnum S., Soto E. 2018. Hypermucoviscous klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from stranded and wild-caught marine mammals of the us pacific coast: prevalence, phenotype, and genotype. Journal of Wildlife Diseases54(4):659-670.
  • Rust, L., F. Gulland, E. Frame, and K. Lefebvre. 2013. Domoic acid in milk of free living California marine mammals indicates lactational exposure occurs. Marine Mammal Science 30(3): 1272-1278.
  • Laura J. Wood, Katrice L\A. Lippa, Melissa M. Phillips, Catherine A. Rimmer, N. Alan Heckert, Stefan D. Leigh, Amanda J. Moors, Rebecca S. Pugh, and Lauren B. Rust. 2013. Breakfast cereal sampling study for nutritional elements. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 405: 4569-4578.
  • Rebecca S. Pugh, Amanda J. Moors, Lauren B. Rust, Barbara J. Porter, and Paul R. Becker. 2010. The Marine Environmental Specimen Bank (Marine ESB): A Research and Environmental Monitoring Resource. Interdisciplinary Studies on Environmental Chemistry: pp. 33-41.