Dr. Bob Swarthout

Dr. Bob Swarthout is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry with joint status in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and is the Director of the Environmental Sciences program. Dr. Swarthout is an analytical environmental chemist who studies the environmental impacts of organic compounds and pollutants on air quality, water quality, and climate. 


  • B.S. Chemistry and Biology, SUNY Cortland
  • M.S. Environmental Studies, College of Charleston
  • Ph.D. Earth Systems Science, University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

  • GES 2750 - Preparation for Careers in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • CHE/GES 3310 - Global Biogeochemical Cycles
  • CHE 1110 - Introductory Chemistry Lab
  • CHE 3561 - Instrumental Chemistry Lab
  • CHE 4620 - Environmental Chemistry Capstone


Recent Publications

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  • Bostic, J. T., Aeppli, C., Swarthout, R. F., Reddy, C. M., & Ziolkowski, L. A. (2019). Ongoing biodegradation of Deepwater Horizon oil in Beach Sands: Insights from tracing petroleum carbon into microbial biomass. Marine Pollution Bulletin141, 611-611.
  • Lemkau, K. L., Reddy, C. M., Carmichael, C. A., Aeppli, C., Swarthout, R. F., & White, H. K. (2019). Hurricane Isaac brings more than oil ashore: Characteristics of beach deposits following the Deepwater Horizon spill. PloS one14(3), e0213464.
  • Santos, F. R., Martins, D. A., Morais, P. C., Oliveira, A. H., Gama, A. F., Nascimento, R. F., ... Swarthout, R. F. ... & Reddy, C. M. (2019). Influence of anthropogenic activities and risk assessment on protected mangrove forest using traditional and emerging molecular markers (Ceará coast, northeastern Brazil). Science of the Total Environment656, 877-888.
  • Lima, M. F., Fernandes, G. M., Oliveira, A. H., Morais, P. C., Marques, E. V., Santos, F. R., ...   Swarthout, R. F. ... & Cavalcante, R. M. (2019). Emerging and traditional organic markers: Baseline study showing the influence of untraditional anthropogenic activities on coastal zones with multiple activities (Ceará coast, Northeast Brazil). Marine Pollution Bulletin139, 256-262.
Title: Associate Professor (joint appointment with Department of Chemistry) and Director of Environmental Sciences
Department: Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

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Phone: (828) 262-4083