Dr. Carmen Nichols


2013 – PhD Biology, University of North Texas

2008 – MS Pharmaceutical Science, University of Louisiana Monroe

2006 – BS Toxicology, University of Louisiana Monroe


Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Aquatic Toxicology, West Virginia State University

Toxicologist, GHD Services Inc. (2015-2016)

Adjunct Faculty (Biology), University of North Texas (2014-2015)

Postdoctoral Associate (Biology), University of North Texas (2013-2015)


Research Interests

There is a growing need to understand the toxicity for relatively new environmental contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). These compounds are rapidly introduced into our
environment due to increasing human use, as well as improper disposal methods. PPCPs have known actions in target species, but actions on non-target species, such as aquatic animals, is largely unknown. Thus, my lab aims to investigate the adverse effects these types of compounds have on aquatic animal models, such as invertebrates and fish. My focus is on compounds relevant to the Appalachian watershed and specific research interests include:  metabolism and bioconcentration of pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruption
mechanisms, and UV radiation/phototoxicity in aquatic systems.


Directed Undergraduate Student Research

  • Sara Ferguson (2017). Acute toxicity of opioid compounds to the freshwater invertebrate Daphnia magna. West Virginia State University, SURE student (funding provided by NSF EPSCoR Grant #OIA-1458952)
  • ​Alexis Wormington (2013-2015). Toxicity of noradrenaline, a novel anti-biofouling component, to two non-target zooplankton species. University of North Texas, EPA GRO Recipient.
  • Stella Vay (2012-2013). Toxicity of select pharmaceuticals to the aquatic invertebrate Daphnia magna. University of North Texas, McNair Scholar.


Nichols, Carmen LD, Garner, Thomas R, Alloy, Matthew M, Bridges, Kristin N, Soulen, Brianne K, Gnau, Jennifer L, Wormington, Alexis M, Sweet, Lauren E, Morris, Jeffrey M, and Roberts, Aaron P (2018). Factors
Affecting Photo-Induced Toxicity in Mysid Shrimp (Americamysis bahia) with Oil Collected from the Deepwater Horizon Spill. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry


AW Wormington, J Coral, MM Alloy, CL Damaré, CM Mansfield, SJ Klaine, AP Roberts (2016). Effect of natural organic matter on the photo-induced toxicity of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry DOI: 10.1002/etc.3702


CL Overturf, MD Overturf and DB Huggett (2016). Bioconcentration and endocrine disruption effects of diazepam in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C 183-184: 46-52.


KN Bridges, BK Soulen, CL Overturf, PE Drevnick, AP Roberts (2016). Embryotoxicity of maternally-transferred methylmercury to fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 35(6): 1436-1441.


CL Overturf, AM Wormington, KN Blythe, AS Mount, NV Gohad and AP Roberts (2015). Toxicity of noradrenaline, a novel anti-biofouling component, to two non-target zooplankton species, Daphnia magna and Ceriodaphnia dubia. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C 171: 49-54.


MD Overturf, CL Overturf, DR Carty, D Hala and DB Huggett (2014). Levonorgestrel exposure to fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) alters survival, growth, steroidogenic gene expression and hormone production. Aquatic Toxicology 148: 152-161.


MD Overturf, CL Overturf, D Baxter, DN Hala, L Constantine, B Venables and DB Huggett (2012). Early Life Stage Toxicity of Eight Pharmaceuticals to the Fathead Minnow, Pimephales promelas. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 62(3): 455-464.


CL Damaré, AK Kaddoumi and KN Baer (2009). Investigation of the Multixenobiotic Resistance Mechanism in the Freshwater Fishes Western Mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, and Bluegill Sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 83(5): 640-643.

Dr. Carmen
Dr. Carmen Nichols
Assistant Professor of Aquatic Toxicology
317 Hamblin Hall
Institute, WV 25112-1000
Phone: 304-766-5247
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