Cole W. Matson, Ph.D.

Cole W. Matson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Editor-in-Chief, Ecotoxicology

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duke University, 2005-2009
    (Advisor: Dr. Richard T. Di Giulio)
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2004
    (Advisor: Dr. John W. Bickham)
  • M.S., Texas Tech University, 1999
    (Advisor: Dr. Robert J. Baker)
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, 1996

Dr. Matson joined the Department of Environmental Science in the fall of 2011. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).

Academic and Research Interests

Dr. Matson is an environmental toxicologist specializing in the genetic effects of contaminants on wildlife. His research focus is currently the genetic and developmental impacts of environmental contaminants on fish, with a particular interest in how environmental gradients affect the toxicity of nanomaterials and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Prof. Matson has published and presented environmental toxicology research for the last twelve years, with projects covering a wide variety of organisms and stressors. His early work focused on the population genetic impacts of chronic contamination exposures and on biomarkers of DNA damage. More recent work has focused on mechanistic toxicology and embryonic developmental toxicity. His interest in nanomaterial toxicity is centered on environmentally relevant transformations of particles and how these transformations affect the toxicity of the particles, including separating particle toxicity from metal toxicity.

Research Keywords:

Aquatic Toxicology, Biomarkers, Conservation Genetics, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Toxicology, Evolutionary Toxicology, Gene Expression, Molecular Ecology, Multiple Stressors, Nanotoxicology, Population Genetics, Toxicogenomics, Wildlife Toxicology.