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George P. Cobb, Ph.D

Dr. Cobb Profile

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

Office: BSB B407.1

Phone: (254) 710-6556

FAX: (254) 710-3409



Chair of the Environmental Science Department

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
  • B.S. in Chemistry, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.
Academic and Research Interests

For the past two decades Prof. Cobb's research group has developed forensic analytical techniques to assess contaminant presence and movement. Many of these techniques have been deployed to evaluate contaminant presence, transport, and transformation in organisms and environmental systems. Major research thrusts have involved coupling ultra-trace analytical methods with minimally invasive non-lethal monitoring techniques. This approach allows repeated measures during long term monitoring of organism exposure, which is a critical component of comprehensive risk assessments.

Most recently, Prof. Cobb's group has emphasized: nanomaterial alteration of amphibian development; interactions of toxicants and light to induce stress; airborne movement of steroids from concentrated animal feeding operations; explosives transformation in mammals; ultra-trace measurement of acutely toxic volatile compounds.

Professor Cobb has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and maintains strong national and international collaborations through leadership positions in The Society or Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry as well as the American Chemical Society.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society, 1981 - present
       Committee on Environmental Improvement, 2010 - present
       Environmental Chemistry Division, 1984 - present
    Member at Large, 2003 - 2004
    Chair Elect, 2013-2015
    Alternate Councilor, 2008 - present
    Executive Committee, 2002 - present
    Treasurer, 2009 - 2013
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, 1998 - present
       World World Council, 2009 - 2012
       SIACM Steering Committee, 2009-2012
       President, North America, 2010 - 2011
       Vice President, North America, 2009 - 2010
       Board of Directors, North America, 2006 - 2012
       Annual Meeting Chair, 2003
       Chemists in SETAC Advisory Group, 1994 - present

    Student Awards

    Alumni from Prof Cobb's group span several Universities. These students have earned national and international recognition such as:

    Graduate Student Awardees
    Adair, Blakely M. PhD. Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Awardee, NIEHS/USEPA.; Best Platform Presentation (Runner-up), SETAC North America.
    Cruz-Li, Emilia I. MSc. Fulbright Scholar.
    Mc Daniel, Les. PhD ARCS Scholar.
    Nations, Shawna. MSc. SETAC Jeff Black Awardee.
    Pan, Xiaoping. PhD. ACS Environmental Chemistry Best Student Paper Awardee.
    Smith, Jordan. PhD. USEPA STAR Fellow. ARCS Scholar.
    Wang, Jiafan SETAC/ACS ENVR Student Exchange Awardee.
    Undergraduate Awardees
    Cowles, Jim. 1989. (B.Sc., Aquatic Toxicology.) Winner of the Huxley College Research Award.
    High School Awardees  
    Gallaway, Clayton DDT and its transformation products in kidneys of sparrows following flight. Runner up Open Division International Science Fair.
    Grier, Matthew Third place SC JAS 1997, Winner Baruch Award for Environmental Research