Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Tham C. Hoang, PhD

Title/s: Associate Professor
Ecotoxicologist

Specialty Area: Biological Impact of Environmental Toxins

Office #: BVM Hall 314

Phone: 773.508.8194

E-mail: thoang@luc.edu

CV Link: Tham C. Hoang, PhD, Curriculum Vitae

About

Hoang's research determines the effects of natural and anthropogenic contaminants in the environment and has a strong focus on the influence of chemical and physical characteristics of water, sediments and soils on metal bioavailability and toxicity to aquatic organisms. In the natural environment, toxicant concentrations usually fluctuate and are dependent on sources. Therefore, the usual method of using constant exposures in a laboratory setting is not always relevant. In addition, research conducted in a laboratory-setting usually examines the effects of a single contaminant on individual organism. However, the effects of contaminants in the natural environment are often up to community levels. Hoang's research uses traditional constant and fluctuating exposure methods to determine the effects of contaminants (single and mixtures) at both individual and community levels using field relevant study design, such as outdoor microcosms.

Results of his research support the development of environmental water quality criteria and the restoration efforts for imperiled ecosystems. By studying the fate of contaminants and responses of organisms, Hoang hopes to add to our understanding of how contaminants affect the environment and how we might ameliorate their negative effects in our world.

Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Environmental Toxicology) & Minor (Experimental Statistics), Clemson University, 2006.
  • MS (Environmental Toxicology), Clemson University, 2002.
  • BS (Physics), Hanoi National University, 1998.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Professional reviewer:

  • Editorial Board Committee: Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Peer-reviewed journals: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Pollution, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Hydrobiologia, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Nanotechnology, Monitoring & Management, Journal of Pollution Effects & Control

Scientific Society and Association Committee Services:

  • Member of the Loyola Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2013 to present)
  • Member of the Loyola Laboratory Safety Committee (2013 to present)
  • Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) (2000 to present)
  • Member of the Midwest Regional Chapter of the SETAC (2012 to present)
  • Member of the Board of Director, Midwest SETAC (2014 to present)
  • Member of the Editorial Board Committee, Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2013-2015)

Conference Organizer/Chair:

  • The 3rd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration, and Management, Quy Nhon, Vietnam, March 6-10, 2017 (Chair)
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore, September 16-19, 2016 (Scientific committee member)
  • The 22nd Annual Meeting of the Midwest SETAC”, Loyola University Chicago, March 24-25, 2014 (co-Chair)
  • The 2nd International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration, and Management, Hanoi, Vietnam, March 4-8, 2013 (Chair)
  • The 1st International Conference on Environmental Pollution, Restoration, and Management (SETAC Asia Pacific Joint Conference), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, March 1-5, 2010 (Chair)

Workshop /Session Organizer:

  • The Biotic Ligand Model: Technical Basis and Application of the Biotic Ligand Model for Environmental Quality Guidelines for Copper, Bangkok, Thailand, March 4, 2015.
  • The Biotic Ligand Model: Technical Basis and Application for Environmental Quality Guidelines for Metals (Cu, Zn, Ni), Hanoi, Vietnam, March 4-5, 2013
  • Training Workshop on “Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessments and Application of Environmental Quality Guidelines, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, March 1-2, 2010
  • “Evaluation of Fate and Effects of Field Contaminated Soils, Water, and Sediments”, SETAC North America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, November 7-11, 2010
  • “Risk Assessment of Metals in Tropical Ecosystems”, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore, September 16-19, 2016

See CV for complete list.

Awards

Awards:

  • Midwest SETAC Best Research Presentation Award, 2016
  • SETAC Best Research Presentation Award, 2013

Grants/Funding:
2016: ($65,683)

  • Tham C. Hoang (PI). Organizing the 3rd international conference on environmental pollution
    restoration and management and Biotic Ligand Model workshop, March 6-10, 2017, Quy Nhon,
    Vietnam
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: $5,000
  • International Copper Association: $25,000
  • International Zinc Association: $10,000
  • International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education: $10,000
  • Vietnam National University HCM City: $10,000
  • Marienne Colvin (PI), Gunther Rosen (IP), Chuck Katz (co-PI), Chris Stransky (co-PI), Tham Hoang (co-PI). Derivation and Demonstration of an Environmentally Relevant Approach for Stormwater Toxicity Testing Compliance Monitoring ($1,164,965, submitted to the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, the U.S. Department of Defense, August,
    2016).
  • Tham C. Hoang (PI). Organizing a training workshop on Copper Biotic Ligand Model for tropical environment. ($5,683, funded by the International Copper Association, July, 2016).

See CV for complete list

Selected Publications

Thanh-Khiet L. Bui, Do-Hong L. Chi, Thanh-Son Dao, Tham C. Hoang. 2016. Copper toxicity and the influence of water quality of Dongnai River and Mekong River waters on copper bioavailability and toxicity to three tropical species. Chemosphere, Vol. 144, pp. 872-878.

Dao Thanh Son, Le Vu Nam, Nguyen Thanh Son, Bui Ba Trung, Do-Hong Lan-Chi, Tham C. Hoang. 2015. Acute and chronic effects of nickel to tropical micro-crustacean, Daphnia lumholtzi. Journal of Science and Technology, 53: 271-276

S Lyly, CB Iwai, Tham C. Hoang. 2015. Ecotoxicology of copper on local freshwater organisms in Mekong River Cambodia. International Journal of Environmental and Rural Development 6 (1), 22-27.

Natalie Lynch,  Tham C. Hoang, Timothy O’Brien.2015. Acute toxicity of binary metal mixtures of copper, zinc, and nickel to Pimephales promelas: evidence of more than additive effect. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 35:446-457.

Tham C. Hoang and Xin Tong. 2015. Influence of water quality on zinc toxicity to the Florida apple snail (Pomacea paludosa) and relative sensitivity of freshwater snails to zinc. Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry,34:545-553.

Tham C. Hoang, Gary M. Rand. 2015. Acute toxicity and risk assessment of permethrin, naled, and dichlorvos to larval butterflies via ingestion of contaminated foliage. Chemosphere, 120:714-721.

Tham C. Hoang, Gary M. Rand. 2015. Mosquito Control Insecticides: a Probabilistic Ecological Risk Assessment on Drift Exposures of Naled, Dichlorvos (naled metabolite) and Permethrin to Adult Butterflies. Science of the Total Environment 502:252–265.

Tham C. Hoang and Gary M. Rand. 2014. Effects of St. Lucie River (FL) saltwater sediments on the amphipod (Ampelisca abdita) and the hard shell clam (Mercenaria mercenaria). Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Vol. 67, pp. 224-233.

Tham C. Hoang, Gary M. Rand, Piero R. Gardinali, Joffre Castro. 2011. Bioconcentration and depuration of endosulfan sulfate in mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis), Chemosphere, Vol. 84, No. 5, pp. 538-543.

See CV for complete list.