CORVALLIS, Ore. - Larry Curtis, a nationally known researcher in the field of environmental toxicology, has been selected as a new associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University and associate director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.
Curtis’s research focuses on persistent organic pollutants, and he has headed several studies focusing on water pollution, including major studies in the Willamette River. He brings experience in university departmental administration and a broad perspective on the role of research in health and environmental policy.
“Larry has a strong record of teaching, research, and administration, extensive experience in interdisciplinary team programs and projects, and impressive success in competing for external grant funds to support research and outreach programs in environmental toxicology,” said Thayne Dutson, dean of the college.
In addition, Curtis has served on the OSU Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate of the Oregon University System.
Curtis, an aquatic toxicologist, earned a bachelors degree in biology and a master's degree in marine and environmental biology from the University of South Alabama and his doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He joined the faculty of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University in 1980, and progressed through the ranks to professor in 1991.
He served as interim head of that unit in 1994. In 1995, Curtis was named chair of the Department of Environmental Health at East Tennessee State University. In 1999, he returned to OSU as professor and head of the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.
Curtis succeeds Charles Boyer, who left OSU to become dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State University.