Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Tham C. Hoang, PhD

Title/s: Assistant 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


My 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 laboratory usually examines the effects of single contaminant on individual organism. However, the effects of contaminants in the natural environment are often up to community levels. My 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 my 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, I hope to add to our understanding of how contaminants affect the environment and how we might ameliorate their negative effects in our world.

Selected Publications

Tham C. Hoang, Gary M. Rand, Piero R. Gardinali, Joffre Castro. 2010. Bioconcentration and depuration of endosulfan sulfate in mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis), Chemosphere, Vol. 84, No. 5, pp. 538–543.

Tham C. Hoang, Rachel L. Pryor, Gary M. Rand, Robert A. Frakes. 2010. Bioaccumulation and toxicity of copper in outdoor freshwater microcosms, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Vol. 74, No.4, pp 1011–1020.

Tham C. Hoang, Rachel L. Pryor, Gary M. Rand. Robert A. Frakes. 2010.  Use of butterflies as non-target insect test species and the acute toxicity and hazard of mosquito control insecticides, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp 997–1005.

Carriger JF, Hoang TC, Rand GM, Gardinali PR. 2010. Acute toxicity and effects analysis of endosulfan sulfate to freshwater fish species, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Vol. 60,(2), pp 281–289.

Carriger JF, Hoang TC, Rand GM. 2010. Survival time analysis of least killifish (Heterandria formosa) and mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) in acute exposures to endosulfan sulfate. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Vol. 58,(4), pp 1015–1022.

Tham C. Hoang and Gary M. Rand. 2009. Exposure routes of copper: Short term effects on survival, growth, and uptake in Florida apple snails (Pomacea paludosa). Chemosphere, Vol. 76, (3), pp 407–414.

Tham C. Hoang, Lance J. Schuler, Emily C. Rogevich, Pamela M. Bachman, Gary M. Rand. 2009. Copper release, speciation, and toxicity following multiple floodings of copper enriched agriculture soils: Implications in Everglades restoration, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, Vol. 199, pp 79–93.

Tham C. Hoang, Lance J. Schuler, Gary M. Rand. 2009.  Effects of copper from flooded Florida agricultural soils on Hyalella azteca, Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Vol. 56, pp 459–467.

Emily C. Rogevich, Tham C. Hoang, Gary M. Rand. 2009. The effects of sub-lethal chronic copper exposure on the growth and reproductive fitness of the Florida apple snail (Pomacea paludosa), Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Vol. 56, pp 450–458.

Tham C. Hoang, Emily C. Rogevich, Gary M. Rand, Robert A. Frakes. 2008. Copper uptake and depuration by Florida apple snails (Pomacea paludosa): Bioconcentration and bioaccumulation factors. Ecotoxicology, Vol. 17, pp 605–615.

Lance J. Schuler, Tham C. Hoang, Gary M. Rand. 2008. Copper: Aquatic risk assessment in south Florida freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. Ecotoxicology, Vol. 17, pp 642–659.

Tham C. Hoang, Emily C. Rogevich, Gary M. Rand, Piero. R. Gardinali, Robert A. Frakes, Timothy A. Bargar. 2008. Copper desorption in flooded agricultural soils and toxicity to the Florida apple snail (Pomacea paludosa): Implications in Everglades restoration. Environmental pollution, Vol. 154, pp 338–347.