Dr. Sarah Michele Harmon received a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina Aiken and her MSPH and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. During a 10-year career in environmental consulting, Dr. Harmon participated in the preparation of NEPA documents (Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements) for the U.S. Department of Energy and conducted numerous ecological risk assessments for both private and government facilities across the United States. She received a professional fellowship appointment in 1996 with the U.S. Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC, where she focused on natural remediation techniques and how they can be applied for the unique mission of cleanup within the Department of Energy's aging nuclear weapons complex.
Dr. Harmon accepted a full-time position at the University of South Carolina Aiken in 2005. She currently holds the positions of Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Geology, Director of USCA's Environmental Restoration and Remediation Program, and Co-director of USCA's Center for Research Excellence.
Research in Dr. Harmon's lab is centered on teaching undergraduates how to use indicator organisms to model the environmental risks posed by pollutants of interest. Current topics of study include the toxicity of rubberized landscaping materials; constructed wetlands for stormwater remediation; and the water quality of Horse Creek and Langley Pond in Aiken County, SC.