Allen Burton

Professor

Education: 

PhD, University of Texas at Dallas (environmental science: aquatic toxicology)

MS, University of Texas at Dallas (environmental science: aquatic toxicology)

MS, Auburn University (microbiology)

BS, Ouachita Baptist University (biology and chemistry)

Phone: 
(734) 763-3601
Office: 
1068 Dana

About: 

Allen Burton, PhD, is a Professor at SNRE as well as the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Roskilde (Denmark), is a Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University, and an Honorary Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment in Beijing China.

His research on ecological risk assessment, sediment quality criteria, and aquatic ecosystem stressors has taken him to all seven continents with Visiting Scientist positions in New Zealand, Italy and Portugal.  His research focuses on sediment and stormwater contaminants and understanding bioavailability processes, effects and ecological risk at multiple trophic levels, and ranking stressor importance in human dominated watersheds.  He has received over ten million dollars in extramural research funding. 

He is a Fellow of the international Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (SETAC) and was a Distinguished Faculty Fellow of the Graham Sustainability Institute.  He served as Director of the University of Michigan Water Center and also their Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, past president of SETAC, and served on numerous national and international panels and Advisory Boards with over 180 peer-reviewed publications on aquatic ecosystem risk issues. 

Research: 

2016 New Funding: $147,858

  • 2016-2017 CH2M Hill.  Amendment to Assessment of Potential Toxicity in Lake Catherine, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • 2016-2017 Copper Alliance.  Copper removal from water.
  • 2016 Ecotoxicity Technical Advisory Panel. Research assistance. Non-Ferrous Metal Industry Research Organizations.

2015 New Funding:  ~$253,390

  • NiPERA.  Metal partitioning to oxic natural sediments and removal from water.  2015-2017.
  • CH2M Hill.  Assessment of Potential Toxicity in Lake Catherine, Hot Springs, Arkansas. 2015-2017.
  • 2015 Ecotoxicity Technical Advisory Panel. Research assistance. Non-Ferrous Metal Industry Research Organizations.

2014 New Funding:  ~$88,000

  • 2014-2016 SERDP.  Remedy and Recontamination Assessment Array.  AB Co-PI to Bart Chadwick, SPAWAR.
  • 2013-2015 University of Michigan Water Center. Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Towards establishing a long-term multidisciplinary research platform to assess the impact of microplastics on Laurentian Great Lakes ecosystem health.  AB Co-PI.
  • 2013-2015 University of Michigan Water Center. Improving water quality and well-being in Great Lakes post-industrial cities: A multidisciplinary partnership to assess Detroit’s green infrastructure.  AB Co-PI.

Accolades: 
  • Fellow, Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, 2016-present
  • Board of Advisors. University of North Texas, Inaugural Board of Advisors for the Advanced Environmental Research Institute. 2016-2019.
  • Expert Panel.  Research Institute for Fragrance Materials. 2016-2019.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Natural Sciences, University of Roskilde, Denmark. 2013
  • Distinguished Faculty Fellow.   Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan. 2014-2016.
  • Editor-in-Chief. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. 2012-present

Service: 
  • Board of Advisors. University of North Texas, Inaugural Board of Advisors for the Advanced Environmental Research Institute. 2016-2019.
  • Expert Panel. Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (2016-2019)
  • Advisory Panel.  Ecological Toxicity Advisory Panel. Non-Ferrous Metals Research Associations.  2000-present.
  • Program Review Panel.  University of North Texas Department of Biological Sciences. 2015.
  • Chair, Global Partners Committee, Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. 2014-2015.