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Ian Balcom

Ian Balcom
Associate Professor, Natural Sciences
Thaddeus Fairbanks Science, Room S-110 
Academic History:

Ph.D., University of California, Riverside; B.S. Botany, University of Vermont Position Associate Professor

About Ian Balcom

Ian Balcom is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, where he teaches chemistry, environmental toxicology, and environmental science. He maintains an undergraduate student-centered researcher program on harnessing ecological processes to manage pollution. Recent student research projects include metagenomic analysis of the microbial communities in ecological wastewater treatment plants, pharmaceutical, and personal care product microbial biodegradation, design and construction of an eco-reactor for dairy industry wastewater treatment, and phytoremediation of petroleum contaminated soil using lifecycle cost minimization techniques.

Balcom Lab

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Toxicology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Soil Science
  • Environmental Science

Recent Publications

  • Balcom, Ian N., et al. “Metagenomic analysis of an ecological wastewater treatment plant’s microbial communities and their potential to metabolize pharmaceuticals.” F1000Research 5 (2016).
  • Balcom, Ian N., and David E. Crowley. “Isolation and characterization of pyrene metabolizing microbial consortia from the plant rhizoplane.” International journal of phytoremediation 12.6 (2010): 599-615.
  • Balcom, Ian N., and David E. Crowley. “Pyrene effects on rhizoplane bacterial communities.” International journal of phytoremediation 11.7 (2009): 609-622.
  • Balcom, Ian N., and David E. Crowley. “Microbial Diversity of Asphalt-Soil Mixtures in the Rancho La Brea Asphalt Seeps.” International Journal of Phytoremediation 12.6 (2010): 599-615.