Ralph J. PortierRalph J. Portier

Position: Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Phone: 225-578-4287

Fax: 225-578-4286

E-mail: rportie@lsu.edu

Office: 1165 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S. Science Education/ Math Education, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA, 1974

Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Oceanography & Coastal Sciences (Marine Sciences), LSU, 1977

Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. Oceanography & Coastal Sciences (Marine Sciences), LSU, 1982


Research Interests:

Aquatic and marine ecotoxicology; industrial  microbiology; bioremediation

Classes Taught:

ENVS 1000- Introduction to Environmental Sciences
ENVS 4101 – Environmental Chemistry*
ENVS 4110 – Applied Ecology
ENVS 4112- Coastal Ecotoxicology

ENVS 4477 – Environmental Toxicology: Introduction & Applications
ENVS 7110 – Toxicology of Aquatic Environments*
ENVS 7112 – Concepts in Marine Ecotoxicology*
ENVS 7950 – Special Topics in Environmental Sciences*

*Currently teaching

(Bold) Developed

Awards & Honors:

2014   Joseph D. Martinez Environmental Achievement Award For Colleges & Universities. Air &Waste Management Association.

Abraham Distinguished Louisiana Professor of Environmental Sciences

Cystic Fibrosis Society Honor Award, State of Louisiana (1978)

Johns Manville Corporation International Research Excellence Award (1987)

George W. Goethals Medal, The Society of American Military Engineers, (Highest technical merit award to an engineer or scientist in memory of the builder of the Panama Canal) (1988)

Certificate of Merit , American Chemical Society , Best Technical Presentation, Division of Environmental Chemistry, Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, June 7, 1988. (1988)

Certificate of Recognition, Phi Delta Kappa, for environmental research. Acknowledged in the Congressional Record, March 23, 1989.

Best Innovative Technology in Pollution Engineering Award, 1988: To Manville Corporation and Louisiana State University By Pollution Engineering, for the immobilized microbe bioreactor waste water treatment system.

Finalist. Construction Man of The Year Award. Engineering News Record. (1992)

Governor’s Award Developing environmental education programs for high school teachers. The Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program (School Science Education Reform). (1992)

Innovator of the Year Award. The Louisiana Partnership for Technology and Innovation. (1992)

American Forest & Paper Association Environmental and Energy Achievement Award. Presented to Rayonier Corporation and Louisiana State University, Aquatic/Industrial Toxicology Laboratory. (1996)

Tiger Athletic Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award (2007)

LSU Distinguished Faculty Award (2010)

The Joseph Lipsey, Jr. and Richard Lipsey Outstanding Teacher Award (2011)

Selected Publications:


Portier, R.J. (1991). Applications of adapted microorganisms for site remediation of contaminated soil and water: Biological Degradation Of Wastes (A.M. Martin, Editor), Chapter 11, pp247- 259 Elsevier Science Publishers Inc., New York.

Portier, R. J. 2000. Contributions of marine biotechnology to marsh oil spill restoration. Opportunities For Environmental Applications of Marine Biotechnology, National Academy Press (National Research Council), pp 61-67.

R.J. Portier, 2011. Bioremediation and Mitigation.  Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology (Robert A. Meyers, Editor). Springer-Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg, pp 1627-1645.

Portier, R.J. (2013). Bioremediation and Mitigation. In E.A. Laws (Ed.), Environmental Toxicology: Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. (pp. 93-119). New York, NY: Springer

Refereed Articles:

R.J. Portier, L.M. Basirico , G.P Curole, R.M. Conger, and C. Metosh-Dickey, 2010 In situ bioremediation of an aniline spill in an industrial setting. Remediation Vol. 20, Number 4, pp105-117.

Fontenot, K. E. Bush, P. Wilson, R. Portier, and M. Walsh. 2010. The feasibility of using six landscape species for the phytoremediation of cumene and 4-cumylphenol. HortScience 45:S158.

Laurence N. Warr, André Friese, Florian Schwarz, Freida Schauer, Ralph J Portier, Laura M. Basirico and Gregory M. Olson, 2013. Bioremediating Oil Spills in Nutrient Poor Ocean Waters Using Fertilized Clay Mineral Flakes: Some Experimental Constraints. Biotechnology Research International, vol. 2013, Article ID 704806, 9 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/704806

Olson G.M., Meyer B.M., Portier R.J., 2014. “Adaptation of Sonication-Assisted Matrix Solid Phase Dispersion of Tissues for the Subsequent Extraction of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Gulf Menhaden (Brevoortia patronus),” Biochemistry Research International, vol. 2014, Article ID 925684, 7 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/925684

Daniel Robert Millemann, Ralph J Portier; Gregory M. Olson, Carolyn Bentivegna and Keith Cooper , 2015 Particulate accumulations in the vital organs of wild Brevoortia patronus from the northern Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ecotoxicology 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10646-015-1

Bentivegna, C.S., Cooper, K.R., Olson, G., Pena, E.A., Millemann, D.R, Portier, R.J., 2015. Chemical and Histological comparisons between Brevoortia sp. (menhaden) collected in Fall 2010 from Barataria Bay, LA and Delaware Bay, NJ following the Deep Water Horizon (DWH) oil spill. Marine Environmental Research112(2015) 21-34.

Olson, Gregory M., Buffy M. Meyer and Ralph J. Portier, 2016. Assessment of the toxic potential of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAHs) affecting Gulf menhaden (Brevoortia patronus) harvested from waters impacted by the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill. Chemosphere 145(2016) 322-328.

C.J. Portier, B.K. Armstrong, B. Baguley, S.F. Zhou, R.J. Portier, 2016. Differences in the carcinogenic evaluation of glyphosate between the International Agency for Research on Cancer(IARC and the European Food safety Authority(EFSA). J. Epidemiology& Community Health.   JECH Online First, published on March 3, 2016 as 10.1136/jech-2015-207005 DOI: 10.1136/jech-2015-207005