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College of Public Health

Kurt Maier

Kurt Maier

Chair/ Professor 
Department of Environmental Health 
Significant roles: Graduate Coordinator
423-439-5251 /
Room 55B, Lamb Hall


Ph.D., Ecology, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA (1990) 
M.S., Biological Sciences, California State University at Hayward, Hayward, CA (1982) 
B. A., Zoology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (1978)


  • ENVH 3010 - Human Ecology and Environmental Education
  • ENVH 3040 – Environmental Sanitation
  • ENVH 3100 - Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • ENVH 4357/5357 - Toxicology
  • ENVH 4727/5727 - HAZWOPER
  • ENVH 5100 - Environmental Health Practice
  • ENVH 5600 - Water Pollution


  • Establishing relationships between ecosystem integrity and human health.
  • Development of TMDLs, implementation plans, and BMPs in 303d listed waters.
  • Validating in vitro models of exposure to corrosive industrial chemicals.
  • Identification and evaluation of contaminants and ambient toxicity in surface waters.
  • Utilizing biomarkers as indicators of changes in ecosystem structure and function.


Silva, T., Pokhrel, L. R., Dubey, B., Tolaymat, T. M., Maier, K. J., Liu, X. (2014) Particle size, surface charge and concentration dependent ecotoxicity of three organ-coated silver nanoparticles: comparison between general linear model-predicted and observed toxicity, Science of the Total Environment 468-469: 968-976.

Hall, K. K., Evanshen, B. G., Maier, K. J., and Scheuerman, P. R. (2013) Application of multivariate statistical methodology to model factors influencing fate and transport of fecal pollution in surface waters. Journal of Environmental Quality 43: 358-370.

Nawrocki, S. T., K. D. Drake, C. F. Watson, G. D. Foster, and K. J. Maier. (2005). Comparative aquatic toxicity evaluation of 2-(thiocyanomethylthio) benzothiazole (TCMTB) and selected degradation products using Ceriodaphnia dubia. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 48: 344-350.

Maier, K. J., J. L. Stobbe and K. D. Drake. (2003) Response to Letter to the Editor (re: Stobbe et al., 2003). International Journal of Toxicology 22:475-478.

Stobbe, J. L., K. D. Drake, and K. J. Maier. (2003). Comparison of in vivo (Draize method) and in vitro (Corrositex assay) dermal corrosion values for selected industrial chemicals. International Journal of Toxicology 22:99-107.

Davis, S. M., K. D. Drake, and K. J. Maier. (2002). Toxicity of boron to the duckweed, Spirodella polyrrhiza. Chemosphere. 48: 615-620.

Dethloff, G. M., H. C. Bailey and K. J. Maier. (2001). Effects of dissolved copper on select hematological, biochemical and immunological parameters of wild rainbow trout (Onchrhynchus mykiss). Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 40: 371-380.

Thomas, B. V., A. W. Knight and K. J. Maier. (1999). Selenium bioaccumulation by the water boatman Trichocorixa reticulata (Guerin-Meneville). Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 36: 295-300.

Deanovic, L. A., V. C. Conner, K. J. Maier and A. W. Knight. (1999). The use of ion exchange techniques coupled with biomonitoring to assess the recovery of a copper impacted stream. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 36: 21-27.

Leppanen, C. J., P. M. Blanner, R. S. Allan, W. H. Benson and K. J. Maier. (1998). Using a triad approach in the assessment of hazardous waste site leaching from a superfund site to an adjacent stream. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 17: 2106-2113.

Leppanen, C. J. and K. J. Maier. (1998). An inexpensive and efficient modular water-renewal system for bulk sediment toxicity testing. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 17: 969-971.

Maier, K. J., C. R. Nelson, F. C. Bailey, S. J. Klaine and A. W. Knight. (1998). The accumulation of selenium in the freshwater systems of a watershed treated with a seleniferous fertilizer. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 60: 409-416.


Professional society activities 
Fishing and other outdoor activities 
Gym time


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