Gaboury Benoit is first Grinstein
Class of 1954 Professor
Gaboury Benoit, who has been appointed as the inaugural Grinstein Class of
1954 Professor of Environmental Chemistry, focuses his research and teaching
on the behavior, transport and fate of chemicals in natural waters, soils,
sediments and biota.
Benoit is particularly interested in environmental trace metal chemistry, chemical
speciation, sediment processes, non-point source pollution, watershed management,
sustainable land development, estuarine chemistry, environmental radiochemistry,
paleolimnology and environmental colloid chemistry. He studies freshwater,
terrestrial, estuarine and coastal environments using laboratory simulations
and mathematical models and by conducting field study in those environments.
He is the co-author of two books: “New Strategies for America’s
Watersheds: Integrating Ecological, Economic and Social Factors” and
(with Yale colleague Diana Balmori) “The Land and Natural Development
(LAND) Code: Guidelines for Sustainable Land Development.” In his research
articles, Benoit was among the first to show the importance of microparticulate
forms of metals in estuaries and in fresh waters.
Benoit was appointed the first associate dean for research at the School of
Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) in 2006. He also serves as
director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Systems, co-director of the
Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and director of the F&ES doctoral program.
A 1978 graduate of Yale College, Benoit earned his M.S. at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) and his Ph.D. in the joint MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution doctoral program. He joined the Yale faculty in 1991 after teaching
at Texas A&M University for several years. Earlier in his career, he was
a laboratory manager at EcoScience Laboratory, an independent consulting lab.
He also was a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University. From
1996 to 1998 he served on the Committee on Watershed Management for the National
Academy of Sciences/National Research Council.
Benoit is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and professional societies.
He is a member of the Geochemical Society, the American Geophysical Union,
the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the American Chemical Society,
the American Society of Civil Engineers, Societas Internationalis Limnologiae
and the Estuarine Research Federation.
The Grinstein Class of 1954 Professorship was established with support from
Gerald Grinstein, the former chief executive officer of Delta Airlines, who
graduated from Yale College in 1954, and his wife Lyn, and from a gift from
the Class of 1954.
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