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Environmental Factor, May 2012

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Folt appointed interim president at Dartmouth

Carol Folt, Ph.D.

(Photo courtesy of Rob Bossi and Dartmouth College)

Carol Folt, Ph.D., a member of the Superfund Research Program at Dartmouth College, was appointed interim president of the college April 17, following the selection of president Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., to lead the World Bank. 


Folt’s areas of expertise include ecotoxicology, health-environment interactions, and science education, with a research focus on metal toxicity and the effects of dietary mercury and arsenic on aquatic life and human health. Folt and her colleagues developed new technologies to assess mercury environmental exposure and its effects, and have also conducted crosscutting research on global climate change, as well as chemical signaling, restoration, and conservation of Atlantic salmon.

Folt frequently serves on federal scientific review panels and foundation boards, is a reviewer for scientific journals, and has held elected offices in international scientific societies. She was also elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in recognition of her contributions to environmental science and higher education.

A faculty member at Dartmouth since 1983, Folt was named provost in May 2010, making her the second highest-ranking College officer. She is also the associate director and a co-investigator of the NIEHS/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth College.

Folt received a B.A. in aquatic biology and an M.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara; earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis; and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Michigan State University W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.

A press release about Folt’s appointment is available through the Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs.

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