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John Archer, M.S., C.I.H.

Research Industrial Hygienist
EPA's Center for Environmental Solutions and  Emergency Response

Current Research

The focus of my research relates to chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) agent response for homeland security purposes. My main goal is to conduct applied research that will improve the nation’s preparedness for and response to environmental emergencies. More specifically, I am interested in how these CBR agents behave in the environment, the risk they pose to human health, and how they can be cleaned up.

My research explores ways to sample these agents from the surface or in the air, characterize contaminated areas, and ways to decontaminate surfaces and personal protective equipment. Most recently, I have worked to provide technical support for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) related issues and have begun investigating low technology disinfection techniques that can be used by the general public for personal protective equipment reuse as a result of the pandemic.

Why This Science Matters

This scientific research is important for those who respond to environmental emergencies and those who may be affected by environmental emergencies. Information gained through this research can be used by EPA, state, local, territorial, and tribal agencies to assist with sampling and decontamination decisions following large-scale environmental disasters. This research helps us to understand how CBR and other contaminants spread following a terrorism incident or accidental release, how to best mitigate effects on the environment, and ultimately helps us protect human health.


2007 Certified Industrial Hygienist, American Board of Industrial Hygiene
2000 M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (Industrial Hygiene), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1996 B.S. in Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

EPA Publications

John Archer's research publications in the EPA Science Inventory

Related Resources

Homeland Security Research Program
Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response (CESER)
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