As a Research Chemist, Reed conducts marine and estuarine environmental research through analytical detection, monitoring, and toxicology of contaminants to provide information for coastal zone and environmental management decisions.
Reed began her career with NOAA at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, before joining National Ocean Service, NCCOS Charleston. Her overall focus has been on environmental analytical chemistry. Reed has extensive background in analytical inorganic chemistry. Recently, her work has included quantifying emerging contaminants of concern in environmental samples. Reed has experience working with various estuarine matrices, including water, sediments, and tissues. Her research has included development of analytical protocols, detection and quantitation of chemical contaminants, quality assurance of data, management of data with databases, GIS mapping of results, and mentoring of graduate students. Projects have included participation in long-term monitoring studies like the National Status and Trends Mussel Watch Program and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources SC Estuarine and Coastal Assessment Program (SCECAP). Reed received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Presbyterian College and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Medical University in Pharmaceutical Science.