Student Research Opportunities in Environmental Science

Below you will find a listing of all available research opportunities in Environmental Science. Please use the contact information lsited in each posting for further information regarding the research opportunities.


George Cobb

Nanomaterial and Arsenic Accumulation in Rice

Rice plants were exposed to Nano copper oxide and arsenic over a 12 week time interval. Nanoparticle dissolution and size distributions are being studies as are copper and arsenic accumulation into rice and other plant parts are being determined by ICP-MS.

Recommended Pre-requisites: Environmental Chemisty (ENV 3387)
Course Credit Offered: Yes
Start Date: January 1, 2018
Semesters Available: Fall/Spring/Full Summer
Contact Information: George_Cobb@baylor.edu

 

Factors controlling flocculation in industrial wastewater treatment basins

Waster water treatment systems depend heavily on sorption of pollutants to solids that then flocculate. Many factors contribute to proper flocculation processes. We are investigating biotic and abiotic factors that may contribute to flocculation in and effort to develop metrics for early warning of impairment in the function of industrial wastewater treatment systems.

Recommended Pre-requisites: Environmental Chemistry (ENV 3387)
Course Credit Offered: Yes
Start Date: Jaunary 1, 2018
Semesters Available: Fall/Spring/Full Summer
Contact Information: George_Cobb@baylor.edu


Trey Brown

Environmental Science: Metals Toxicology

My areas of research reflect my interest in the transport, fate, and effects of chemicals in the environment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, my research program is primarily focused on the determination of sources and exposure routes of metals in the environment and connecting scientific discoveries in the laboratory and the field, with public policy development and environmental legislation. Recently, I have focused my efforts on conducting geospatial assessments of urban lead contamination as well as the evaluation of bioavailable lead from urban soils and household products. In addition, I have pursued an interest in the evaluation of urban environmental health as a health disparity issue and investigated specific and unique risk factors associated with lead exposure in vulnerable populations. For more information please visit our website at https://www.baylor.edu/environmentalscience/index.php?id=954194

Recommended Pre-requisites: ENV1301
Course Credit Offered:
Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: trey_brown1@baylor.edu


Bryan W. Brooks

Environment and Health

Dr. Brooks' international transdisciplinary research interests broadly include understanding and preventing adverse outcomes from anthropogenic activities and stressors across multiple levels of biological organization, particularly in rapidly urbanizing regions. Dr. Brooks and his students focus current research on water quality and water reuse, comparative toxicology and pharmacology, bioaccumulation science, applied ecology, sustainable molecular design/green chemistry, developing approaches to define risks of contaminants of historical and emerging concern, and the ecology and toxicology of harmful algae blooms. His research team is supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other sponsors around the world. He routinely undergraduate science majors with interest in environment and health.

Recommended Pre-requisites:
Course Credit Offered:
Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Bryan_Brooks@baylor.edu


Susan Bratton

Humanities, Ecology, Biology

Her current research continues to focus on conservation ecology and environmental ethics -- incorporating a new book on Christianity and landscape management, and student investigations of the role of plastics in aquatic ecosystems, impacts of invasive plants, and the interaction between hiking styles and environmental perceptions.

Recommended Pre-requisites: Most undergrads have junior standing but I do take freshman with exceptional preparation.
Course Credit Offered:
Begin Date: ongoing
Contact Information: Susan_Bratton@baylor.edu