Dr. Todd Anderson

Director and Chair, Professor of 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 Drs. Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell and David Klein)

ENTX 6251 Analytical Toxicology Lab (with Drs. Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell and David Klein)

ENTX 6445 Chemical Fate (with Drs. Jaclyn Cañas-Carrell and David Klein)


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Dr. Anderson’s teaching and research focuses on the movement of chemical contaminants in the environment in order to evaluate and better characterize potential exposure of organisms to contaminants, as well as support tests on chemical effects. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he held a Department of Energy Research Fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He did postdoctoral research in pesticide toxicology and fate with Dr. Joel Coats at Iowa State University. Dr. Anderson was an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at The Institute of Wildlife and Environmental Toxicology (TIWET) at Clemson University from 1996-1997. In 1996, Dr. Anderson received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Roy F. Weston Award, an award given annually to a scientist under the age of 35 for contributions made to the field of environmental chemistry. From 2002-2015 he was an Associate Editor for the journal, Environmental Toxicology and 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. 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). At Texas Tech, Dr. Anderson has received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2003), the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award (2004), and in 2014 was named an Integrated Scholar by the Provost. In 2005, he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2009, he received the Champion of Women (COW) Award for mentoring women scientists from the West Texas Association for Women in Science.


Selected Publications:

Sherwin, B. D., J. F. Mudge, J. E. Cañas-Carrell, H. A. Lanza, T. R. Rainwater, S. G. Platt, S. T. McMurry, and T. A. Anderson.  2016.  Organochlorine pesticide residues in caudal scutes of Belize Morelet’s crocodiles (Crocodylus moreletii).  Journal of Herpetology.  50:552-558.


Seenivasan, S., T. A. Anderson, and N. Muraleedharan.  2016.  Heavy metal content in tea soils and their distribution in different parts of tea plants, Camellia sinensis (L) O. Kuntze.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.  188:428.


Weir, S. M., A. Knox, L. G. Talent, T. A. Anderson, and C. J. Salice.  2016.  Direct and indirect effects of petroleum production activities on the Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) as a surrogate for the dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus).  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  35:1276-1283.  (Cover Article).


Weir, S. M., L. G. Talent, T. A. Anderson, and C. J. Salice.  2016.  Insights into reptile dermal contaminant exposure: reptile skin permeability to pesticides. Chemosphere.  154:17-22.










TIEHH is a major location for environmental and health sciences research at Texas Tech. The Department of Environmental Toxicology is the academic home for the core faculty at TIEHH as well as graduate students conducting research on the integration of environmental impact assessment of toxic chemicals with human health consequences.


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