Department of Health

The Environmental Health Program

Charles V. Shorten Ph.D, P.E.
209 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Charles V. Shorten, Ph.D., P.E.

Charles Shorten

Program: Environmental Health
209 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
Phone: (610) 436-2360
Fax: (610) 436-2860

Current Semester Schedule

Educational background:


Areas of Professional Interest:

  • Environmental Chemistry of Aquatic and Atmospheric Systems
  • Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Computer Applications in Environmental Health and Education

Areas of Research:

  • Fate and transport of lead in the environment
  • Atmospheric transport and modeling of pesticides and other organics
  • Computer applications in environmental chemistry and education

Recent Publications:

  • 2001:  Shorten, C.V., Galloway, J., Krebs, J.G. and Fleming, R.S.  A 12-Year History of Hazardous Materials Incidents in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Journal of Hazardous Materials, In Press.

  • 2000: Shorten, C.V. and Hooven, M.J.   Methods of Exposure Assessment:  Lead-Contaminated Dust in Philadelphia Schools, Environmental Health Perspectives,108:663-666 .

  • 2000: McGarvey, L.J. and Shorten, C.V. The Effects of Adsorption on the Reusability of Tedlar Air Sampling Bags, American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal.61:375-380.

  • 1995: Shorten, C.V., Glowacki, M.L. and Lynch, M.M. Household Hazardous Waste and Automotive Products: A Pennsylvania Survey, Journal of Environmental Health, 57(7):19-24.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Shorten joined West Chester University's Health Department in 1989. His teaching includes the following courses with websites:

Dr. Shorten has directed Master's thesis research for several students, the results of which have been both published and presented before national audiences such as the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Environmental Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. He is currently the Vice-President of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of SETAC.

Dr. Shorten's primary area of expertise is the assessment of the fate and transport of environmental contaminants. Recent publications in this area have focused on sampling methodologies and artifacts. His computing interests, reflected in the development of this Web Page, have lead to national and international presentations. These have included the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in assessing water quality, the use of spreadsheets as tools in the classroom, the use of multimedia in the classroom, and the use of the Internet in environmental chemistry education. Dr. Shorten integrates the World Wide Web into all his upper division environmental health courses.

Dr. Shorten's hobbies and interests include contemporary band music (he plays tuba in the Chester County Concert Band), bicycling, and caving. You just might find him listening to National Public Radio as he travels around greater West Chester and parts beyond.