W. Nelson Beyer, Ph.D.


Dr. Beyer works primarily on Natural Resource Damage Assessments for the Department of the Interior. At Palmerton, Pennsylvania, along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, he studied phytotoxic effects on the forest from Zn smelter emissions.  He documented injury to birds from lead or zinc in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin, the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District and in the Tri-Sate Mining District.  Over the years, he developed the premise that soil ingestion may be a major pathway of exposure in wildlife for some contaminants, measuring rates of soil ingestion for many species and demonstrating poisoning by this route in waterfowl and songbirds.

Recent Accomplishments

He has recently started two studies, one investigating the hazards of metals to robins preying on earthworms and the other relating the bioavailability of lead in soil, fed to quail, to its bioaccessibility, measured by laboratory tests designed to mimic gastric conditions in wildlife.


  • B.A. (Biology), Columbia University, New York, N.Y., 1971
  • Ph.D. (Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology, Evolution), Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 1976

Professional Studies/Experience



  • Dr. Beyer has served on the committees of graduate students from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Maryland.

Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boards

  • He remains active in the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

  • 2012, received the Government Service Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts