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Sascha Usenko, Ph.D.

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

Office: BSB A.424

Phone: (254) 710-2302

FAX: (254) 710-3409


Publications: Vitae

Lab Website: The Usenko Laboratory

Media Kit: Whale Earwax Research

Whale Earwax Research Donations

Associate Professor of Environmental Science.
Director, Environmental Science Graduate Program

  • Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2007
  • B.S., Oregon State University, 2001.

Academic Interests and Research:

Dr. Usenko's research interests include tracking the environmental transport and fate of anthropogenic contaminants in aquatic ecosystems, particularly in spatial and temporal scales; also the transformation and bioavailability of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals in the environment; and also the focus on the environmental forensic chemistry to identify sources of contaminants using unique chemical fingerprints.


Graduate Faculty, Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University (2008-present)
Graduate Faculty, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Baylor University (2010-present)
Graduate Faculty, The Institute of Ecological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, Baylor University (2009-present)
Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Research Systems (2008-present) American Chemical Society (2006-present)
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2001-present) Chemistry Steering Committed for SETAC (2010-present)
Chemistry Advisor Group for SETAC (2010-present) (Chair-elect)
University Sustainability Committee (2009-present)
Co-Chair a session at the SETAC North America Conference, New Orleans 2009
Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Chemical Society (2001-2006)

Synergistic Activities

Co-Chair South-Central Regional SETAC Conference(2012)
Teaching: Introduction into Air Quality(ENV 3316), Environmental Chemistry(ENV 3387), Environmental Chemistry Analysis(ENV 5303), and Advanced Environmental Chemistry(ENV 5387)
Manuscript review: Environmental Science and Technology, Chemosphere, Environmental Pollution, Science of the Total Environment
Mentoring of students: 2 undergraduates, 4 doctoral level students, and a post-doctoral research fellow in analytical and environmental chemistry
Outreach: Advanced Instrumentation Workshop: GC/MS Analysis of Contaminants in Extreme Rare Samples: Bowhead Whale Blubber Chair Elect for SETAC Chemistry Advising Group


Crystal Usenko (BMS) 2013, Best Abstract for the Society of Toxicology Lone Star Chapter
Eleanor Robinson (TIEEES) 2012, SETAC American Chemical Society's Division of Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Exchange Award
Crystal Usenko (BMS) 2012, 2nd Place for Platform Presentation at Regional Society of Toxicology
Addie Clark (Chemistry) 2012, NASA SARP Travel award to attend AGU Annual Fall Conference Addie Clark (Chemistry) 2012, NASA Student Airborne Research Program(SARP) Internship
Bikram Subedi (Chemistry) 2012, American Chemical Society's Division of Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award
Division of Environmental Chemistry Student Awards, 2011 ’ Eleanor Robinson
Stan Curry Memorial Scholarship, North Texas Air Waste and Management Association ’ Eleanor Robinson
SETAC regional conference best platform presentation, 2010 ’ Eleanor Robinson
SETAC travel award to attend SETAC North America, 2010 and 2011 ’ Eleanor Robinson, Lissette Aguilar, and Bikram Subedi.
Graduate Student Travel Awards from Baylor University, 2009 and 2010 ’ Eleanor Robinson, Lissette Aguilar, and Bikram Subedi.
CONACYT Graduate Studies Scholarship 2009 ’ Lissette Aguilar
CONACYT (National Council of Technology and Science) award to Mexican citizens to support their graduate studies abroad 2009, 2010, and 2011 ’ Lissette Aguilar
Franklin/McAtee Funds, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Baylor University, 2009 and 2010 ’ Bikram Subedi
SETAC regional conference 2nd place in oral platform presentation, 2010 ’ Bikram Subedi