Glenn Johnson

Research Associate Professor

Phone: (801) 581-6151
Fax: (801) 585-3540

Source, Fate and Transport of Persistent Organic Pollutants. Study of natural alteration and attenuation processes that affect dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans, polychlorinated biphenyls and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Biostratigraphy and Paleoecology. Application of quantitative and graphical methods applied to micropaleontological data

Environmental Forensics. Development and application of pattern recognition methods for determination of contaminant sources and alteration processes in complex environmental systems.

Regional and Basin Experience

  • Newark Bay, New Jersey

  • San Francisco Bay, California

  • Lake Hartwell, South Carolina

  • San Diego Harbor, Sad Diego, California

  • Crystal Springs, Mississippi

  • Illinois River Watershed, Oklahoma/Arkanasas

1997 Ph.D. in Geology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, Dissertation: Application of Polytopic Vector Analysis to Environmental Geochemistry Investigations

1988 M.Sc. in Geology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. Thesis: Pleistocene Planktonic Foraminiferal Biostratigraphy and Paleoecology – Northeast Gulf of Mexico.

1985 B.Sc. in Geology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

1982 B.M. in Music Education. East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina


  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

  • International Society of Environmental Forensics

Johnson, G.W. (in Press). Environmental Forensics. In: Encyclopedia of Environmetrics (El-Shaarawi and Piegorsch, eds.) Wiley, Chichester. Accepted for publication 6/24/11.

Johnson, G.W. (2010). Principal components analysis of environmental chemical data: Experience and application. Environmental Forensics: Proceedings of the 2009 INEF Annual Conference. Royal Society of Chemistry Special Publications327: 202-209.

Johnson, G.W., Hansen, L.G., Hamilton, M.C., Fowler, B., and Hermanson, M.H. 2008. PCB, PCDD and PCDF congener profiles in two types of Aroclor 1254. Environmental Toxicology & Pharmacology. 25: 156-163.

Johnson, G.W., Ehrlich, R., Full, W., and Ramos, S. (2007). Chapter 6: Principal components analysis and receptor models in environmental forensics. In: An Introduction to Environmental Forensics. 2nd Edition. (R. Morrison and B. Murphy, eds.). Elsevier. Amsterdam. pp. 207-272.

Johnson, G.W., Quensen, J.F., III, Chiarenzelli, J., and Hamilton, C. (2006). Chapter 10: Polychlorinated Biphenyls. In: Environmental Forensics: A Contaminant Specific Guide (R. Morrison and B. Murphy, eds.). Elsevier. Amsterdam. pp. 187-225.

DeCaprio, A. P., Johnson, G. W., Tarbell, A. M., Carpenter, D. O., Chiarenzelli, J. R., Morse, G. S., Santiago-Rivera, A. L., Schymura, M. J., and Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment. 2005. PCB exposure assessment by multivariate statistical analysis of serum congener profiles in an adult Native American population. Environ. Res. 98, 284-302.

Gary, A.C., G.W. Johnson, D.D. Ekart, E. Platon, and M.I. Wakefield. (2005). A Method for Two-Well Correlation using Multivariate Biostratigraphical Data. In: Recent Developments in Applied Biostratigraphy. (A.J. Powell & J.B. Riding, Eds). The Micropaleontological Society Special Publication. pp. 205-217. Micropaleontological Society. London

Magar, V.S., Johnson, G.W., Brenner, R., Durell, G., Quensen, J.F., III, Foote, E., Ickes, J.A., Peven-McCarthy, C. 2005. Long-term recovery of PCB-contaminated sediments at the Lake Hartwell Superfund Site: PCB Dechlorination I End-Member Characterization. Environ. Sci. Technol. 39: 3538-3547.