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Erica D. Bruce, Ph.D.

Dr. Bruce Profile

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

Office: BSB A.422
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Phone: (254) 710-4877
FAX: (254) 710-3409
Email: erica_bruce@baylor.edu

Personal Webpage: The Bruce Lab

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, 2008.
Education:
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2007.
  • M.S., Texas A&M University, 2001.
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, 1999.

    Biography:
    Dr. Bruce joined the Baylor faculty in the fall of 2008. Previously, she was an independent environmental consultant. While at Texas A&M University she received the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), the Bridge to Doctorate (BTD) Fellowship and was a Cohort I Recipient.
    Dr. Bruce is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), and Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society).
    On a lighter note, Dr. Bruce enjoys cooking, gardening, outdoor adventures and any time spent with her husband and young daughters.

    Academic Interests and Research:
    Dr. Bruce's area of research interest is in improving environmental risk assessment methods for both humans and ecosystems. Dr. Bruce's efforts have focused on improving toxicity estimates linking exposure to environmental concentrations of hazardous chemicals to human health effects. Dr. Bruce also uses quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) to help to bridge the gap between costly, time intensive experiments and toxicity data obtained from these experiments. This research helps to reduce the uncertainty associated with a risk assessment and aids in elucidating toxic mechanisms of actions.

    Published Works and Proceedings:
    Bruce ED, Autenrieth RL, McDonald TJ, Donnelly KC, Burghardt RC. In press. Modeling toxic endpoints for improving human health risk assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - Parent compounds and simple mixtures. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry Bruce ED, Autenrieth RL, McDonald TJ, Donnelly KC, Burghardt RC. 2008. Using Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSARs) to improve toxicity estimates for human health risk assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, 71, 1073-1084. Bruce ED, Abusalih AA, Autenrieth RL, McDonald TJ. 2007. Comparing deterministic and probabilistic risk assessment methods for two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminated sites. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A 42, 697-706. Nwaneshiudu O, Bruce ED, Abusalih AA, Autenrieth RL, Bickham J. 2007. Risk of PAH exposure from ingested food: The Azerbaijan case study. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B, Vol.B 42, 201-209. Craft E, Kim D, Neamtu I, Bruce ED, Surkova I, McCarty K, Uhnakova I, Tersarova I, Donnelly KC. 2006. Commentary: Prioritizing Global Environmental Issues: Opinions from an International Central & Eastern European Environmental Health Conference. Environmental Health Perspectives 114: 1813-1817. Dimitriou-Christidis P, Harris BC, McDonald TJ, Reese E, Autenrieth RL. 2003. Estimation of selected physicochemical properties for methylated naphthalene compounds. Chemosphere 52: 869-881.

    Awards and Honors:
    National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP),the Bridge to Doctorate (BTD) Fellowship and was a Cohort I Recipient. Member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), and Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society).

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