Department: Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Area
Office: 161 Humphrey School
Deborah Swackhamer is trained as an environmental chemist with a focus on freshwater systems. She joined the U of M faculty in 1986, and is professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and co-director of the U of M Water Resources Center in addition to her appointment at the Humphrey School. Swackhamer currently serves as chair of the Chartered Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission of the U.S. and Canada. Swackhamer is an appointee to the state's Clean Water Council. Her research interests include the study of toxic chemical risk assessment and policy, fate and exposures of endocrine disrupting chemicals and pharmaceuticals in the environment, and development of comprehensive water policy strategies.