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Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D.

Bryan Brooks

Contact Information:
Department of Environmental Science
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97266
Waco, TX 76798-7266

Office: BSB C416

Phone: (254) 710-6553

FAX: (254) 710-3409


Recent Publications

Google Scholar Profile

  • Professor, Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies
  • Director, Environmental Health Science Program
  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
  • M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Academic and Research Interests

More people now live in cities than ever before. Historically, human populations thrived near rivers and their mouths at coastlines, but with urban expansion the footprints of metropolitan areas extend throughout watersheds and ultimately encompass smaller order tributaries. Such population densities dictate the need for new water supplies and reclamation infrastructure, which results in effluent discharges to these headwater streams, dramatically modifying instream hydrology, particularly in regions where ephemeral streams are normative. When effluent-dominated and dependent instream flows become critical arteries for beneficial water reuse, as increasingly is observed in areas experiencing climate changes and rapid population growth, an urban water cycle is realized. Judicious stewardship is required to ensure sustainable environmental quality for public health and ecosystems.

Dr. Brooks� interdisciplinary research interests broadly include understanding how anthropogenic activities and stressors influence various levels of biological organization, particularly in rapidly urbanizing regions. Students and postdoctoral fellows working in his group are engaged in interdisciplinary projects that often incorporate laboratory and field studies in aquatic, environmental and comparative toxicology, environmental risk assessment, and water resources research. Because of the complex nature of the environmental and ecological sciences, environmental public health and biomedical studies, students receive an interdisciplinary training that balances formational coursework and theoretical preparation with applied problem solving experiences.

Dr. Brooks and his students focus current research on applied ecology, comparative toxicology and pharmacology, sustainable molecular design, developing approaches to define risks of contaminants of historical and emerging concern, water quality and water reuse, natural resource extraction and the ecology and toxicology of harmful algae blooms. This research contributes to developing science-based approaches to define and manage complex environmental and health issues.

Dr. Bryan W. Brooks is an international leader on water quality, environmental contaminants and sustainability issues, particularly related to rapidly urbanizing watersheds. The author of over 100 manuscripts in scholarly journals and book chapters, Dr. Brooks published (with DB Huggett) Human Pharmaaceuticals in the Environment: Current and Future Perspectives (Springer: ISBN 978-1-4614-3419-1) in 2012. He has given over 100 invited presentations and plenary or keynote lectures in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, France, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Teaching Interests and Student Mentoring

Dr. Brooks' approach to teaching includes an active inclusion of research experiences and "real world" scenarios in the classroom. Because experience with contemporary scientific techniques and development of critical thinking skills is not facilitated by rote memorization, undergraduate students are often integrated into his research team, routinely present their research at scientific meetings and have contributed to refereed publications. For example, Dr. Brooks often mentors undergraduate honors theses; undergraduate mentees have received highly competitive fellowships from the US EPA and the Fulbright Program. Alumni have completed MSs, PhDs, MDs, MPHs, and other professional programs.

At the graduate level, he mentors M.S. students through the Department of Environmental Science, and PhD students through the Institute of Ecological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and in environmental health through the Institute of Biomedical Studies

Select Awards/Honors
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Wiley-Blackwell/SETAC; 2014-present)
  • Associate Editor, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (Wiley-Blackwell/SETAC; 2010-present)
  • Associate Editor, Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier; 2010-2013)
  • Editorial board member, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2007-2010), Science of the Total Environment (2010- present) and Toxicon (2010-present)
  • Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Water and the Environment, Alberta, Canada. Fulbright Program, U.S. Department of State.
  • Science Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodentcide Act/Food Quality Protection Act Scientific Review Board Member for "Common Effects Assessment Methodology Developed in the Office of Pesticide Programs and Office of Water, " U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship, Baylor University
  • Program Cochair, 30th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), New Orleans LA, 19-23 November 2009
  • Mortar Board Circle of Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence, Baylor University
  • Phi Beta Kappa recognition for student mentoring, Baylor University
  • SETAC North America Board of Directors (2012-present); Past president of South Central SETAC, Gulf Coast (Lone Star) Society of Toxicology, Texas River and Reservoir Management Society; past chair of Freshwater and Marine Sciences section of Texas Academy of Science
Select Student Awards/Honors
  • SETAC/EA Engineering Jeff Black Award. 2012. Ms. Lauren Kristofco.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, GRO Undergraduate Fellowship. Mr. David Drier
  • JRCOSTEP, U.S. Public Health Service, Indian Health Service, Billings, Montana. Mr. Matthew Reid
  • 2nd Place Oral Presentation Award. 2012 American Water Resources Association Meeting, Denver, CO. Ms. Kristin Connors
  • 5th Place Oral Presentation Award. 2012 American Water Resources Association Meeting, Denver, CO. Mr. Bowen Du
  • Best Oral Presentation Award. 2012 South Central SETAC Meeting, Waco, TX. Ms. Kristin Connors
  • 3rd Place Oral Presentation Award. 2012 South Central SETAC Meeting, Waco, TX. Ms. Krista Prosser
  • Student Training Exchange Award, SETAC. Ms. Kristin Connors.
  • 2nd Place Presentation Award. 2011 Annual SETAC Meeting, Boston, MA. Mr. Bowen Du
  • Research Associateship, National Research Council. Mr. Jason Berninger
  • Fulbright Scholarship, U.S. Department of State. Mr. Austin Cook-Lindsay
  • Best Oral Presentation Award. Mr. Jason Berninger. 2009 South Central SETAC meeting, San Marcos, TX
  • Research Associateship, National Research Council. Mr. Ted Valenti
  • Best Oral Presentation Award. 2009 Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Ft. Worth, TX. Mr. Ted Valenti
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, GRO Undergraduate Fellowship. Mr. Austin Cook-Lindsay
  • TWRI/USGS Competitively Funded Mini-Grant. Mr. Ted Valenti
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, GRO Graduate Fellowship. Ms. Laura Dobbins
  • SETAC / EA Engineering Jeff Black Award. Ms. Laura Dobbins
  • Fulbright Scholarship, U.S. Department of State. Ms. Joy McCullough
  • Best Presentation Award. 2007 American Water Resources Association meeting, Vail, CO. Mr. Ted Valenti
  • Best Presentation Award. 2005 South Central SETAC meeting, Marble Falls, TX. Mr. Alejandro Ramirez
  • Best Undergraduate Presentation Award. Mr. Temidayo Fadelu. 2004 Texas Academy of Science meeting, Kerrville, TX