Allen Burton



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)

(734) 763-3601
1068 Dana


Allen Burton, PhD, is a Professor at SEAS and 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, Denmark 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 the 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 200 peer-reviewed publications on aquatic ecosystem risk issues. 


2018  New Funding: $126,507

  • 2018.  Identifying Sediments for rapid Removal- Reasonable Worst Case.  International Lead Zinc Organization. $115,507
  • 2018 Ecotoxicity Technical Advisory Panel. Research assistance. Non-Ferrous Metal Industry Research Organizations. $11,000

2017 New Funding:  $358,740

  • 2017-2018  CH2M. Ecotoxicological evaluation of sediment-associated metals in East Wilson Pond.  Amendment of $36,694.
  • 2017-2018.  SERDP.  Proof-of-Concept for the in situ Toxicity Identification Evaluation iTIE) Technology for Assessing Contaminated Sediments, Remediation Success, Recontamination and Source Identification. $200,000.
  • 2017. University of Michigan.  Environmental Dredging: Evaluation of Human Health Benefits and Risks.  $20,000
  • 2017-2018. NiPERA.  Metal partitioning to oxic natural sediments and removal from water.  $102,046.

2016 New Funding:  $275,000

  • 2016-2017 CH2M Hill.  Amendment to Assessment of Potential Toxicity in Lake Catherine, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

  • Fellow, Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, 2016-present
  • Board of Advisors. University of North Texas, Inaugural Board of Advisors for the Applied   Environmental Research Institute. 2016-2019.
  • Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety.  2016-2025.
  • 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

  • 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.