Bryan W. Brooks; PhD, MS
Associate Professor and Director; Baylor University
Environmental Health Science Program, Waco, TX 76798
Bryan W. Brooks is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies and Director of the Environmental Health Science Program at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Dr. Brooks received a BS (1995) and a MS (1998) in biology from the University of Mississippi and a PhD in environmental science (environmental toxicology focus) from the University of North Texas (2002). His efforts at Baylor have included the genesis of, acquiring funding for, and shepherding the national accreditation of a B.S. degree program in Environmental Health Science (EHS), one of only 32 in the USA. This program is critical because the CDC indicates that 90% of all EHS professionals in the USA have little to no formal EHS training, 50% of all EHS professionals will retire within 5 years, the mean age of EHS professionals in Texas is 57 yrs old, and there are presently at least 12,500 unfilled EHS positions in the US. Dr. Brooks’ interdisciplinary research interests focus on urbanizing aquatic resources and include environmental toxicology and risk assessment, water quality and reuse, and harmful algal blooms. Dr. Brooks has contributed over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and he has delivered 75 invited presentations in Australia, Canada, France, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the US. He is an Associate Editor of Science of the Total Environment and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, and serves on the editorial board of Toxicon and Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Leadership Development Opportunities
Over the past year, my experiences as an EPHLI fellow have decidedly stimulated personal and professional growth. The various tools (e.g., SKILLSCOPE 360, MBTI, Change Style Indicator) allowed me to understand how my perspectives, habits and personality traits interface with other team members. Progressing through the individual development plan and particularly implementing the advice of my personal coach, David Steffen, was one of the more rewarding professional experiences of my career. Webinars and distance learning offerings (e.g., conflict resolution) were also worthwhile, as were the opportunities to engage the wealth of experience brought by other EPHLI fellows. In fact, some of this professional networking expansion has already resulted in new opportunities. I’m indebted to my various colleagues, EPHLI team members (Ed, Mina) and mentor (Tim) for their patience, support and encouragement as I endured a difficult personal experience when my newborn child endured health issues and required extended hospitalization. The leadership project allowed me to examine undergraduate education and the arena of water reuse in a unique way. I particularly enjoyed exploring the process and conceptual approaches of systems thinking, and appreciated Mike Goodman’s perspectives. Clearly, systems thinking tools will be of great value during my professional career. I look forward to remaining active in the EPHLI network over the coming years.