Dr. Burton is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Maryland Wye Research and Education Center. Before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, he served from 1980-1991 as a Senior Professional Staff and Principal Staff member at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. Burton was an Assistant and Associate Curator of Limnology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia from 1971-1980. He earned his B.S. degree in Applied Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1965; Ph.D. in Zoology at Virginia Tech in 1970; and completed a subsequent year of post-doctoral study in environmental contamination issues at Virginia Tech. Dr. Burton’s primary research interests are the effects on aquatic organisms of surface and sub-surface water quality changes induced by municipal, utility, and industrial facilities. He has worked for a number of years on aquatic and terrestrial risk assessments at various Superfund sites. Dr. Burton has written more than 150 technical publications including three books on power plant chlorination, condenser biofouling control, and toxicity reduction and identification evaluations for effluents and other aqueous media.
Senior Research Scientist