Priscilla J. Gannicott, PhD


Priscilla Gannicott


Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry 1993 University of Tennessee
  • AB (A.C.S. certified) in Chemistry 1985 Randolph-Macon Woman’s College


I joined the faculty of Lynchburg College in 1994. Prior to that, I taught at Auburn University in Alabama for two years. My graduate research in analytical chemistry involved the development and evaluation of a laser-based analytical technique capable of detecting metals present in real samples (water and soil). Specifically, laser photolysis of gaseous metal chelates (beta-diketonates) as an atom source for LEAFS (laser-excited atomic fluorescence spectroscopy) was investigated. It was an intriguing project that solidified my interests in lasers, environmental science, and analytical chemistry.

Professional Interests/Research

My current research interests involve the remediation of water and soil that have been contaminated with heavy metals or xenobiotic organics. Recent projects have focused on the evaluation of various aquatic plants for heavy metal remediation. Currently, one of my research students is investigating the difference (if any) in the ability of selected terrestrial plants (tap root and fibrous root) to uptake PAH’s (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

Information on Courses Taught

I teach primarily analytical, environmental, and general chemistry. I am especially interested in cooperative learning strategies and problem-based learning in the classroom and in the laboratory.

Personal Info/Interests

I enjoy mushroom hunting (especially morels!!), gardening, camping, swimming, and working on our farm. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my husband, sons, and five dogs.