Professor, Chemistry Department Chair
Degrees and Certifications
- PhD in Analytical Chemistry, University of Tennessee, 1993
- AB (ACS certified) in Chemistry, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 1985
Experience and Background
Dr. Gannicott completed her graduate work in analytical chemistry at the University of Tennessee under the direction of Earl Wehry. Her research involved the development and evaluation of a laser-based analytical technique capable of detecting metals present in water and soil samples. Specifically, laser photolysis of gaseous metal chelates (beta-diketonates) as an atom source for LEAFS (laser-excited atomic fluorescence spectroscopy) was investigated. She spent two years at Auburn University prior to her arrival at Lynchburg College.
Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Gannicott primarily teaches analytical chemistry, forensic science, and environmental chemistry. A newly planned course (Chemistry of Art) is in the works. She enjoys tinkering and is currently responsible for the maintenance and repair of the chemistry department’s instrumentation. In collaboration with her colleague Dr. Cowden, her current research emphasis involves the elucidation of chemical fragrance profiles in a variety of flowering plants utilizing SPME-GC/MS. She very much enjoys working with undergraduate students on diverse projects including the HPLC analysis of capsaicinoids in ghost peppers, the analysis of human scent evidence in forensic investigations, the examination of water quality in College Lake, and an environmentally sound approach to the extraction of fire debris.
Dr. Gannicott is happiest when spending time with her husband on their farm in rural Virginia. She loves the outdoors and enjoys participating in a variety of activities including edible mushroom hunting, kayaking, fishing, gardening, swimming, driving a tractor, and the shooting sports. She is the proud mother of two wonderful sons. Her oldest son is a Lynchburg College graduate and is currently employed as a software developer in Austin, TX. Her youngest son is just beginning his undergraduate work in mechanical engineering.