Tanabe is a physical scientist in the Monitoring and Assessment branch at the Hollings Marine Lab. He is responsible for aiding in the coordination and sampling efforts of the National Mussel Watch Program, as well as the chemical and toxicological analyses of the collected samples.
Tanabe first came to NCCOS as a Hollings scholar in 2017. After completing his PhD, he returned to NCCOS as an ORISE postdoctoral fellow in the Ecotoxicology branch in 2022, where he worked on elucidating the mechanisms of toxicity of PFAS mixtures on sheepshead minnows (Cyprinodon variegatus). In 2023, he joined the Monitoring and Assessment branch as a physical scientist for the National Mussel Watch program. During his time at NCCOS, he developed his skills in aquatic toxicology, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, and field work. He also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Graduate Program in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston.
Tanabe received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami in 2017 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Riverside in 2022.