Globally Recognized

March 1, 2023
Globally Recognized

This spring, Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies and director of the Environmental Health Science Program at Baylor, was elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow. The honor is given by the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

Brooks is one of 505 scientists, engineers and innovators from around the world and across all disciplines who join the 2022 class of AAAS Fellows, one of the most distinguished honors within the scientific community that recognizes Fellows for their scientific and socially notable achievements spanning their careers. 

“I am thankful and honored to receive the AAAS Fellow award. I am particularly grateful to my family, and for the essential contributions of former and current students, postdoctoral fellows and staff, and collaborators here at Baylor and around the world,” Brooks said. “We must work together, beyond boundaries, borders and barriers, to advance the scientific enterprise and to address environment and health challenges that matter to all of us.” 

Brooks regularly works internationally on water quality, environmental contaminants and sustainability issues, particularly related to rapidly urbanizing regions. His research, in which undergraduate and graduate students can participate, specifically focuses on water quality; water reuse; developing approaches to define and manage chemical hazards and risks; environmental, aquatic and comparative toxicology and pharmacology; environmental and green chemistry; environmental public health; and the ecology, chemistry and toxicology of harmful algae blooms.

He is the author of more than 275 manuscripts in scholarly journals and book chapters. Additionally, he serves as editor-in-chief of Environmental Science & Technology Letters, a publication by the American Chemical Society.

“Dr. Bryan Brooks is deserving of this prestigious recognition for the research he has conducted within the state of Texas,” said Lee Nordt, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor. “He has now become a globally recognized scientist working to improve water quality in several developing countries with his ecological and toxicology work.”