Thomas D Byl, Ph.D.


Tom Byl is a research biologist with the US Geological Survey in Nashville, TN since 1993.  He is also affiliated with Tennessee State University through the cooperative agreement program.  His Biological Science Ph.D. is from the University of Memphis; Masters in Plant Biochemistry is from LSU, Baton Rouge, LA; and bachelors in Biology is from Hope College, Holland, MI.  Tom’s research focuses on fate of chemicals in surface and groundwater.  Tom enjoys working in karst environments.  Tom has worked on a wide variety of water resource issues, such water quantity and quality, bio-geochemistry, hydrological and biological processes.  Tom is an active member of several professional societies, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), American Water Resources Association (AWRA), National Speleological Society (NSS), and Tennessee Academy of Sciences.  Tom has advised more than 200 research students at TSU in engineering, biology, chemistry and agriculture sciences.  His students’ projects include developing tracer models for non-ideal flow, bioremediation of contaminated groundwater, GIS, karst and wetland hydrology, environmental microbiology, and biogeochemistry.