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Kathy Echols, PhD

Dr. Kathy Echols is a Research Chemist at the Columbia Environmental Research Center. 

She leads the Environmental Forensics Group in the Environmental Chemistry Branch at the center. Her expertise includes persistent organic pollutant analysis, especially in tissue matrices; also does research in algal toxin analysis and emerging contaminant analysis.

Professional Experience

  • 2004-present Research Chemist, Group Leader, Environmental Forensics, Environmental Chemistry Branch, CERC, USGS, Columbia, Missouri.

  • 2000-2004  Research Chemist, Organic Section, Environmental Chemistry Branch, CERC, USGS.  

  • 1996-2000 Research Chemist, Organic/Biochemistry Section, USGS, MSC and CERC.

  • 1997-1998  Adjunct Professor, Chemistry Department, University of Missouri-Columbia.  

  • 1997-1998  Adjunct Professor, Chemistry Department, University of Missouri-Columbia.  

  • 1993-1996  Research Chemist, Leader of Chromatography Section, National Biological Service, CERC 

  • 1992-1993  Research Chemist, Leader of Chromatography Section, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fisheries Contaminant Research Center, Columbia, MO.  

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of Missouri, 1992

  • B.S. Chemistry, College of William and Mary, 1987

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