2016 AGRO Division Fellow – Kevin Armbrust

Kevin ArmbrustKevin L. Armbrust is a professor in and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences in the College of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University. He also holds the Claiborne Chair of Environmental Toxicology in this college. Kevin has served as in the Vice Chair/Program Chair/Chair rotation for the AGRO Division and as a member of the Executive Committee; currently, he is an alternate councilor for AGRO. He has organized numerous symposia for AGRO. Within ACS he also is a member of the Division of Environmental Chemistry and serves on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Kevin received both his BS in Environmental Toxicology and his PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California at Davis. He was employed by DuPont Agricultural Products as a regulatory scientist and has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and at Mississippi State University.

While at MSU, Kevin has served as the State Chemist of Mississippi, where he lead the state agency with shared responsibility and authority for the quality of animal feed, fertilizer, pesticides and petroleum products sold in the State, the safety of manufactured and retail food as well as setting the standards and specifications for regulated commodities. He has served on the board of directors of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO). He currently holds an appointment on FDA’s Food Advisory Committee and sits on the Seafood Committee and Laboratory Science and Technology committee for AFDO.

Kevin’s research interests include assessing the fate and effects of chemicals in and upon Louisiana watersheds, wetlands, and coastal areas especially as they influence the regulatory sciences, as well as the risks associated with chemical contaminants in manufactured and retail food. Compounds of interest include petroleum related compounds, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, current use and legacy pesticides, and industrial chemicals.