Allen Burton, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Cooperative Institute for Limnology & Ecosystems Research

University of Texas at Dallas, M.S. 1980, Ph.D. 1984. Major: Environmental Science (Aquatic Toxicology)
Auburn University, M.S. 1978. Major: Microbiology
Ouachita Baptist University, B.S. 1976. Majors: Biology and Chemistry

Dr. Burton is a Professor in the School of Natural Resources & Environment and also in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research at the University of Michigan.  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 Denmark, New Zealand, Italy and Portugal.  His research has focused 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 is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, past president of the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, and has served on numerous national and international panels with over 160 peer-reviewed publications.  


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Professor, School of Natural Resources & Environment, 2008-present
Professor, Department of  Earth & Environmental Sciences, 2011-present (joint appointment)
Director, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Limnology & Ecosystems Research, 2008-present.

Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment. Beijing, China

  Honorary Professor.  2014-present.

Nanjing University, Nanjing China.  

  Concurrent Professor.  School of Environment.   2014-present.

Wright State University, Dept Earth & Env Sci, 2006- 2008; Dept Bio Sci, 1987- 2006, Dayton, Ohio

   Chair, Dept EES, 2006 – 2008; Professor of Env Sci, 1996 – 2008;  Director, Institute for Environmental Quality, 1994– 2006; and Director, Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program, 2002-2003.

Cooperative Institute for Research in  Environ. Sci., University of  Colorado, Visiting Fellow, 1984 - 1985.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dallas, Texas.  Life Scientist, Nov. 1980 - Aug. 1984.

Honors and Awards (select):

  • Doctor (Honoris Causa) Natural Sciences, University of Roskilde.  2013.
  • Editor-in-Chief. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. 2012-present.
  • Science Advisory Board Committee on EPA’s Ecological Assessment Action Plan. 2012.
  • Co- Editor in Chief, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. 2011.
  • Science Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oil Spill Research Strategy Panel.   2011- 2012.
  • Science Advisory Board, U.S. EPA, Ecological Processes and Effects Committee. 2005-2011. Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Panel. 2006-2008.
  • National Research Council Committee on Sediment Dredging at Superfund Mega-sites. 2006-2007
  • President, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2007
  • Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, 2000-2003.
  • NATO Senior Research Fellow; Visiting Senior Scientist: Italian Institute for Hydrobiology; New Zealand Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

Current Research Grant and Contract Awards

  • Strategic Environmental Restoration and Demonstration Program (SERDP). Predicting the fate and effects of resuspended metal contaminated sediments. $1,010,000. 2010-2013.
  • Strategic Environmental Restoration and Demonstration Program (SERDP). Coupling between pore water fluxes, structural heterogeneity, and biogeochemical processes controls contaminant mobility, bioavailability, and toxicity in sediments. A. Packman Northwestern U PI.  AB CoPI portion.  $400,000. 2010-2013.
  • ESTCP.  Demonstration and commercialization of the Sediment Ecosystem Assessment Protocol (SEAP). CoPI.  2011-2013.  $1,249,300 total.  AB - $216,800.
  • Non-Ferrous Metal Industry Research Organizations.  2012-2014.  Experiments measuring bioavailabilty in oxic and spiked sediments (EMBOSS).  $497,000
  • University of Michigan and Erb Family Foundation.  Water Center. 2012-2015. $9,000,000.
  • SERDP. Assessment and Management of Stormwater Impacts on Sediment Recontamination. AB Co-PI D. Reible PI, Texas Tech. 2014-2016.  Total ~$1,300,000.  AB ~ $270,000

Publications (Select)

  1. Burton, G.A., Jr., and R. Pitt.  2001.  Stormwater Effects Handbook: A Tool Box for Watershed Managers, Scientists and Engineers. CRC/Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL, 924 pp.
  2. Burton, G.A., Jr., G. E. Batley, P.M. Chapman, V.E. Forbes, E.P. Smith, T. Reynoldson, C.E. Schlekat,  P.J. den Besten, A.J. Bailer, A.S. Green and R.L. Dwyer. 2002.   A Weight-of-Evidence Framework for  Assessing Sediment (Or Other) Contamination: Improving Certainty in the Decision-Making Process. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 8:1675-1696.
  3. Burton GA Jr., Greenberg MS, Rowland CD, Irvine CA, Lavoie DR, Brooker JA, Eggert LM, Raymer DFN, McWilliam RA. 2005. In situ exposures using caged organisms: a multi-compartment approach to detect aquatic toxicity and bioaccumulation. Environ. Pollut.134:133-144.
  4. Kapo K, Burton GA. De Zwart D, Posthuma L., Dyer S. 2008.   Quantitative multiple lines of evidence for fish species loss in Ohio:  a comparison of two eco-epidemiological methods. Environ Sci Technol. 42:9412-9418
  5. Hammerschmidt CR and Burton GA Jr.  2010.  Measurements of acid volatile sulfide and simultaneously extracted metals are irreproducible among laboratories.  Environ Toxicol Chem 29:1453-1456.
  6. Burton GA and Johnston EJ.  2010. Assessing contaminated sediments in the context of multiple stressors.  Environ Toxicol Chem 29:2625-2643.
  7. Nguyen LTH, GA Burton, CE Schlekat, CR Janssen. 2011. Field measurement of nickel sediment toxicity: Role of Acid Volatile Sulfide. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 30:162-172. 14.
  8. Costello DM, Burton GA, Hammerschmidt CR, Rogevich EC and Schlekat CE. 2011.  Nickel phase partitioning and toxicity in field-deployed sediments.  Environ Sci Technol 45:5798-5805
  9. Burton, GA, Rosen G, Chadwick B, Greenberg M, Taulbee K, Lotufo GR, Reible D. 2012. A sediment ecotoxicity assessment platform for in situ measures of chemistry, bioaccumulation and toxicity. Part 1: System description and proof of concept.  Environ Pollution 162:449-456.
  10. Rosen G, Chadwick DB, Burton GA, Taulbee WK, Greenberg MS, Lotufo GM, Reible DD. 2012. A sediment ecotoxicity sssessment platform for in situ measures of chemistry, bioaccumulation and toxicity, Part 2: Integrated application to a shallow estuary. Environ Pollution 162:457-465.
  11. Burton GA, De Zwart D, Diamond J, Dyer S, Kapo KE, Liess M, Posthuma L. 2012. Making ecosystem reality checks the status quo. Environ Toxicol Chem 31: 459-468.
  12. Kochersberger JP, GA Burton, K Custer. 2012. Short-term macroinvertebrate recruitment and sediment accumulation: A novel field chamber approach.  Environ Toxicol Chem 31:1098-1106.
  13. Li, M., Burton GA, Costello DM.  2012. Interactive effects of phosphorus and copper on Hyalella azteca and periphyton.  Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 83:41-46.
  14. Costello DM, Burton GA, Hammerschmidt CR, Taulbee, WK.  2012. Evaluating the performance of diffusive gradients in thin films (DGTs) for predicting Ni sediment toxicity. Environ Sci Technol. 46:10239-10246.
  15. Allan JD, P.B. McIntyre*, S.D.P. Smith*, B.S. Halpern, G. Boyer, A. Buchsbaum, A. Burton, L. Campbell, L. Chadderton, J. Ciborowski, P. Doran, T. Eder, D.M. Infante, L.B. Johnson, C.G. Joseph, A.L. Marino, A. Prusevich, J. Read, J. Rose, E. Rutherford, S. Sowa, A. Steinman.  2012. Joint analysis of stressors and ecosystems services to enhance restoration effectiveness. Proc Natural Acad Sci (online)
  16. Lotufo GR, GA Burton, G Rosen, JW Fleeger. 2014.  Assessing biological effects, in D.D. Reible (ed.) Process, Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediments., doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-6726-7_6/  Springer Science+Business Media. New York., pp. 131-175.