Laura J. Hainsworth

Associate Professor Chemistry and Environmental Studies

Dr. Hainsworth’s research involves the application of analytical chemistry techniques to environmental problems.  She carries out ongoing projects in water quality and atmospheric particulate monitoring. 

 As Director of the Bartlett-Crowe Field Station, Dr. Hainsworth works to facilitate research, education and service opportunities for students, faculty members, and visitors. 


  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    Ph.D., Analytical, Nuclear and Environmental Chemistry
  • State University of New York, Potsdam College
    B.A. Chemistry


Projects include a collaboration with the American Chestnut Foundation in an effort to develop a rapid assay for determining resistance to the chestnut blight.  Other research interests involve the study of long-lived radionuclides including 14C as environmental tracers, the extent and persistence of mercury contamination in the South Fork Holston River, and general water quality issues in southwestern Virginia.

Student Research:

Examples of undergraduate research projects include the monitoring of mercury in samples from the North Fork Holston River and the development of rapid assay techniques for determining chestnut blight resistance in Castanea dentata (American Chestnut).

Upcoming Research: 

My research will continue to focus on blight resistance in the American chestnut, and water quality issues in Southwest Virginia.

  • Dr. Laura Hainsworth
    Dr. Laura Hainsworth

Contact Info

McGlothlin-Street Hall Room 308
Emory, VA 24327



Bartlett-Crowe Field Station