Barbara Beckingham

College of Charleston

Address: Dept. of Geology, SSMB 248, 202 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843.953.0483


Ph.D., 2011, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Research Interests

  • Environmental organic chemistry
  • Human and ecological risk assessment
  • Sediment remediation
  • Microplastics
  • Passive sampling

Current and planned research projects

  • Bioavailability of chemicals of concern from microplastic
  • Fate of microplastics and associated chemicals through wastewater treatment plants
  • Transport of contaminants in tidal creeks and stormwater ponds
  • Soil-atmosphere exchange of semi-volatile organic contaminants
  • Exposure of college students and marine mammals to plastics and associated chemicals (phthalates)


  • Bao, Z., Haberer, C., Maier, U., Beckingham, B., Amos, R.T. and Grathwohl, P. 2016. Modeling short-term concentration fluctuations of semi-volatile pollutants in the soil – plant – atmosphere system. Sci. Tot. Environ., 569-570: 159-167.
  • Bao, Z., Haberer, C., Maier, U., Beckingham, B., Amos, R.T. and Grathwohl, P. 2015. Modeling long-term uptake and re-volatilization of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) across the soil-atmosphere interface. Sci. Tot. Environ., 538: 789-801.
  • Han, Z., Sani, B., Mrozik, W., Obst, M., Beckingham, B., Karapanagioti, H.K., and Werner, D. 2015. Magnetite impregnation effects on the sorbent properties of activated carbons and biochars. Water Research, 70: 394-403.
  • Gomez-Eyles, J.L., Yupanqui, C., Beckingham, B., Riedel, G., Gilmour, C. and Ghosh, U. 2013. Evaluation of biochars and activated carbons for in situ remediation of sediments impacted with organics, mercury and methylmercury. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47(23): 13721-13729.
  • Janssen, E.M.L. and Beckingham, B. 2013. Critical Review: Biological responses to activated carbon amendments in sediment remediation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47(14): 7595-7607.
  • Beckingham, B., Ghosh, U., Buys, D. and VanDewalker, H. 2013. Observations of limited secondary effects to benthic invertebrates and macrophytes with activated carbon amendment to river sediments. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32(7): 1504-1515.
  • Beckingham, B. and Ghosh, U. 2013. Polyoxymethylene passive samplers to monitor changes in bioavailability and flux after activated carbon amendment to sediment in the field. Chemosphere. 91(10): 1401-1407.
  • Rügner, H., Schwientek, M., Beckingham, B., Kuch, B. and Grathwohl, P. 2013. Turbidity as a proxy for total suspended solids (TSS) and particle facilitated pollutant transport in catchments. Environ. Earth Sciences. 69(2): 373-380.
  • Liu, Y., Beckingham, B., Rügner, H., Li, Z., Ma, L., Schwientek, M., Zhao, J. and Grathwohl, P. 2013. Comparison of sedimentary PAHs in the rivers of Ammer (Germany) and Liangtan (China): Differences between early- and newly-industrialized countries. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47(2): 701-709.
  • Schwientek, M., Rügner, H., Beckingham, B., Kuch, B. and Grathwohl, P.G. 2012. Integrated monitoring of particle associated transport of PAHs in contrasting catchments. Environ. Pollution 172: 155-162.