Dr. Brandon J. Lafferty

Deputy Director, Environmental Laboratory

Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Published Jan. 19, 2023


Research experience includes the use of state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques such as
synchrotron-based X-ray and infrared spectroscopies to study reactions between highly reactive
minerals and environmental contaminants at the atomic scale. Led research programs to
develop field-portable environmental analysis tools and methods as well as rapid-response
predictive modeling to support pandemic responses.



• 2021 – present: Deputy Director, Environmental Laboratory, ERDC-Vicksburg
• 2020: Acting Division Chief, Environmental Processes and Engineering Division,
Environmental Laboratory, ERDC-Vicksburg
• 2015 – 2021: Branch Chief, Environmental Processes Branch, Environmental Laboratory



• 2010 – 2015: Principal Investigator, Research Physical Scientist, Environmental
Laboratory, ERDC-Vicksburg
• 2010: Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Chemistry, University of Delaware
• 2004: M.S. in Soil Science, Texas A&M University
• 2001: B.S. in Bioenvironmental Science; Minors in Speech Communication and Soil
Science, Texas A&M University



• Lead PI - Anticipating Threats to Natural Systems (ACTIONS) ($12,000,000)
• Lead PI - Environmental Toolkit for Expeditionary Operations (ETEO) ($9,200,000)
• Lead PI - Effects of soil chemical properties on quartz reststrahlen band response
• Lead PI - Quantification of multiple soil chemical parameters via a novel chemical