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Dr. Beverly Ramsey
Temporary Faculty - Research

Research Areas of Interest and Expertise

Beverly has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of environmental sciences and environmental health ranging from planning projects such as NEPA through nuclear and hazardous chemical operations as well as energy security, emergency preparedness and both response/recovery. Her experience includes research, operations, risk assessment, risk management, environmental R&D, characterization &remediation, waste management, consulting and teaching throughout the environmental health field. Her passion remains soil processes, including decontamination, transport kinetics and mechanisms to sustain ecosystem resilience by supporting critical soils processes including mycorrhizal uses in remediation and biofuels development and use for facility independence.

Her experience in energy includes desalination projects including shallow soil salt stabilization in development programs in the Middle East (while at Kaiser and Gibbs & Hill, soil stabilization and reclamation in oil-bearing sands in Albert, Canada (while at ORNL, Battelle) and watershed management including soils restoration from energy extraction, pollutant deposition and non-point source discharge from industrial areas (throughout career).

She has extensive experience in site characterization and remediation for industrial and government operations, including for national laboratory and military mission and M&O contractors including Lockheed-Martin, Battelle, Northrup Grumman, Union Carbide, and Bechtel. She has led several development & scale-up tests for soil stabilization, restoration, and cleanup of U.S., Canadian, European governmental and industrial sites.

Beverly has served as external examiner, lecturer, advisor, and adjunct professor at a number of universities. She recently served as adjunct professor in the College of Health Studies, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Northern New Mexico for several years. She currently serves as adjunct professor Environmental Sciences Department, School of Science and Technology at the American Public University System, teaching several graduate courses (on-line) ranging from NEPA to environmental toxicology, and watershed management.

Research Presentation:Food Security: The Role of Research


Degree Institution Area
Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville Ecology/Statistics/Microbiology
M.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville Ecology/Statistics
B.S. Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN Biology/Chemistry


  • Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM) American Association of Integrative Medicine (1310)
  • Certified Human Performance Practitioner, Fundamentals, University of Idaho and BushCo
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
  • Master Level, IHMM Certified Senior Ecologist (CSE), Ecological Society of America

Employment History

  • 2014 Present: Executive Director, Division of Earth & Ecosystems Sciences, Desert Research Institute
  • 2011 2014: Sonalysts, Inc.
  • 2000 2011: Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1996 1999: Advanced Technologies & Laboratories Intl, Inc.
  • 1991 1995: Systematic Management Services, Inc.
  • 1989 1991: Gibbs & Hill (Hill International) Inc.
  • 1987 – 1989: Kaiser Engineers, Inc.
  • 1981 1986 Bechtel National Inc.
  • 1977 1981 Battelle Memorial Institute
  • 1969 1977 Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Invited Presentations

August 22, 2017
The Coming Water Wars – The Strategic Importance of Water, Natural Resources and the Environment
Executive Director, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences
Desert Research Institute (DRI)

August 18, 2017
The Futures Laboratory (Auburn University, Air University, Auburn Montgomery)
Montgomery Alabama AUM Center for Lifelong Learning

Norton, R., Cablk, M. E., Ramsey, B. A., Smith, K. L., Bacon, S. N., Ostrowski, S. R., Wright, J., Rodning, S. (2018). Defending against agroterrorism: Modeling Pathogen Dispersion Pathways, Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Journal, 5 (1), 23-27

Conference Proceedings
Ramsey, B. A., Collins, M. J., Lutz, A. D., McCarthy, M. I. (2017). The Use of Traditional Knowledge in Increasing Community Resilience and Food Security, Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition: Prior Lake, Minnesota, September 17, 2017-September 20, 2017