Presidential Research Excellence Professor, Environmental Chemistry


Ph.D. University of Tennessee 1991

M.S. University of Tennessee 1988

B.S. Peru State College 1986


Research Interests:

Environmental Chemistry and Fate

Analytical Toxicology



ENTX 6351 Analytical Toxicology (with Dr. Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell)

ENTX 6251 Analytical Toxicology Lab (with Dr. Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell)

ENTX 6445 Chemical Fate (with Dr. Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell)




       Todd Anderson’s teaching and research focusses on the movement and analysis of chemical contaminants (pollutants) in the environment. The ultimate objective is to evaluate and better characterize potential exposure of organisms to contaminants. An important set of supporting experiments involve specifically testing for the effects of selected chemicals, mostly using invertebrate models.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville under the direction of Dr. Barbara Walton at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); he did postdoctoral research in pesticide toxicology and fate at Iowa State University with Dr. Joel Coats.  In 1996, Anderson received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Roy F. Weston Award, an award given to a scientist under the age of 35 for contributions made to the field of environmental chemistry.  Dr. Anderson was selected by Sigma Xi as the Southwest Regional Young Investigator for 1999 and 2001 based on his work with chemical contaminants in soil-plant systems.


      At Texas Tech, Anderson has received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2003), the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award (2004), was named an Integrated Scholar (2014) by the Provost Office, and in 2018 received the Barnie E. Rushing, Jr., Faculty Distinguished Research Award.  In addition, he has received his department’s Outstanding Faculty Award (by graduate student vote) 9 times.  In 2005, he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society; in Texas Tech’s nearly 100-year history, it is believed that fewer than 30 faculty have been named AAAS Fellow. In 2009 and again in 2020, he received the Champion of Women Award for mentoring women scientists from the West Texas - Association for Women in STEAM.


       He was an associate editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry from 2002-2015, as well as a past member of the editorial board.  He is a current academic editor in environmental science for PeerJ.  Dr. Anderson is a Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES), by eminence, from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES).  His collaborative research on the natural occurrence of perchlorate received an editor’s award from Environmental Science & Technology as the Environmental Science Paper of the Year (2005), and was selected as the SERDP Environmental Restoration Research Project of the Year (2007).


       Some additional measures of the influence and impact of Anderson’s research can be found in citation metrics using Google Scholar data. One of his 208 peer-reviewed journal articles has been cited over 2,700 times; 39 of his articles have been cited over 100 times each. He has an h-Index of 61 with > 18,000 total citations.



Selected Publications:

Dennis, N.M., S. Subbiah, A. Karnjanapiboonwong, M. Dennis, C. McCarthy, C.J. Salice, and T.A. Anderson. 2021. Species and tissue-specific avian chronic toxicity values (CTVs) for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and a binary mixture of PFOS and perfluorohexane sulfonate. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 40:899-909.


Lasee, S., S. Subbiah, S. Deb, A. Karnjanapiboonwong, P. Payton, and T.A. Anderson. 2021. The effects of soil organic carbon content on plant uptake of soil PFAA and its potential regulatory implications. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 40:832-845.


Cleary, R.S., A. Karnjanapiboonwong, W.A. Thompson, S.J. Lasee, S. Subbiah, R.K. Kauble, B.J. Andraski, and T.A. Anderson.  2021.  Emerging and historical contaminants detected in desert rodents collected near a low-level radioactive waste site. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  40:727-734.


Rewerts, J.N., E.C. Christie, A.E. Robel, T.A. Anderson, C. McCarthy, C.J. Salice, and J.A. Field. 2021. Key considerations for accurate exposures in toxicological assessments of perfluorinated carboxylates and sulfonates. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  40:677-688.







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