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Lin Guo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

  • Faculty
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Science Building 234
Related Department
Biological and Environmental Sciences
College Major
Environmental Engineering
Year Graduated

A Conversation with Dr. Guo

What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?

The faculty and staff at A&M-Commerce strive to help students succeed. Our environmental science program helps prepare students for careers related to environmental protection and remediation and pursue graduate degrees in the environmental protection field. Our environmental science program is interesting, practical and promising. Students in our program can get good jobs and have very bright futures!

What draws you to the environmental sciences?

I really enjoy teaching and doing research, especially in the field of environmental science. We only have one Earth! I hope my passion for environmental protection encourages students and inspires the realization that everybody has a responsibility to take action for protecting the environment for ourselves, for future generations and for other creatures.

What has been your favorite course to teach?

Introduction to environmental science is open at A&M-Commerce every semester for students from varied backgrounds, majors, grades and countries. It covers basic information about the environment, environmental pollution and environmental science.

Air pollution control introduces the effects of air pollutants on human beings and the environment, the sources of air pollution and the control of technologies and future trends toward preventing air pollution.

Bioremediation includes an overview of the bioremediation process and describes the typical bioremediation strategies for contaminated environments.

Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.

Broadly speaking, my research interests cover soil remediation, wastewater treatment and air pollution control. One of the principal areas I focus on is phytoremediation, which means the use of plants to remove, destroy or sequester contaminants from soil, water and air and to restore the contaminated environment. Some of my projects include utilizing plants like common reed and duckweed to uptake heavy metals such as Cu, Ni, Ba, Sr from wastewater and investigating the usage of resulting plant biomass for bio-oil or other valuable product generation are current research areas.

Educational Background

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2020-present
  • Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2014-2020
  • Teaching Assistant, The University of Akron, 2011-2014
  • Lecturer, Environmental Science, Jinggangshan University, China, 2008-2011

Research Interests

  • Phytoremediation
  • Bioremediation
  • Air pollution control
  • Water treatment & waste
  • ENVS 1301 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVS 303 Research Methods in Environmental Science
  • ENVS 402 Air Pollution Control
  • BSC 561 Bioremediation

Selected Publications

  • Perry B.J., Sutton C.A., Guo L. Yan X., Yang J. 2018. Metal uptake in reeds from “flowback” fluids, Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 27:231-236.
  • Guo L. and Cutright T. J., 2015. Effect of citric acid and bacteria on metal uptake in reeds grown in a synthetic acid mine drainage solution, Journal of Environmental Management, 150:235-242.
  • Guo L., Cutright T. J. and Duirk S., 2015. Effect of citric acid, rhizosphere bacteria and plant age on metal uptake in reeds cultured in acid mine drainage, Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 226:1573-2932.
  • Guo L. and Cutright T. J., 2015. Remediation of acid mine drainage contaminated soil by two types of reeds, International Journal of Phytoremediation, 17:391-403.

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