Dr. Warby graduated from Natal University in South Africa with a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a U.S. coursework Masters equivalent in Pure Chemistry. Dr. Warby got his M.Sc. degree in Soil Science from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University in upstate New York. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal looking at the remediation of rehabilitated mine soils. Dr. Warby’s research focuses on the development of analytical techniques for environmental samples with complex matrices, and the development/application of QAQC procedures in environmental chemistry. Specifically, he is interested in how northeast forest soils and surface waters respond to changes in atmospheric deposition and climate. He is also developing various analytical methods including: a non-lethal method to sample and analyze avian adipose tissue for Persistent Organic Pollutants; detect, identify, and quantify TCE and its metabolites in genetically modified plants used in phytoremediation; and qualitatively identify VOCs emitted from plants.
Dr. Warby has 17 years of experience working in an analytical or synthetic chemistry laboratory and he worked as an environmental engineer specializing in sample collection and data analysis before returning to academia. Dr. Warby also owns an environmental consulting and education company, The Warby Group LLC, specializing in QAQC, data validation, and general environmental education for universities and private industry.