Dr. Kevin Baer is the holder of the Waste Management Professorship in Toxicology.
He has served as head of the ULM Department of Toxicology since 2006 and has been an associate professor of toxicology with tenure since 2000.
He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from Northeast Louisiana University. University service includes undergraduate and graduate teaching responsibilities, committee service and acting as advisor to the toxicology student organization, Tau Omicron Chi.
His independent research program involves the development of synthetic media for culturing and bioassay testing Daphnia magna, the influence of endocrine disrupting chemicals on sex determination in D. magna, the use of the Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryo larval assay to assess the developmental toxicity of contaminated sediments and the seasonal variation of hepatic and ovarian zinc levels and metal-binding proteins in female channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus).
Other research interests include the use of biochemical and physiological biomarkers in freshwater fish, invertebrates and amphibians to assess environmental contamination. His work has appeared in over 25 research publications.
He is a long-time resident of Monroe with family ties.
About the Endowment:
The Waste Management Professorship in Toxicology endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.