Dr Bertsch has 30 years of experience in the fields of soil science, environmental geochemistry, hydrobiogeochemistry, and ecotoxicology. His research has focused on the fate, transport, bioavailability and toxicity of metal, metalloid, radionuclide, and organic contaminants, the biogeochemistry of natural organic matter, iron, and aluminium in aquatic and terrestrial environments, and the chemical speciation and ecotoxicology of metals, metalloids, and manufactured nanomaterials in terrestrial ecosystems. He also has significant international science administration, leadership, and policy experience.
Dr Bertsch has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific and technical publications and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. He is also a lifetime National Associate of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences.