12916 Dean Road

Silver Spring, MD 20906, USA


ericpbrewer at yahoo dot com





To edit scientific and technical papers, specializing in agronomy, biology, and chemistry


Work Experience


Soybean Genomics and Improvement Lab, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Beltsville, MD

Plant Molecular Biology Lab Technician, 2009 to the present


·         Identify genes responsible for pathogen resistance in soybean


Viridian Environmental, LLC

Arlington, VA  

Chief Agronomist, 2001 to 2008


·         Directed research projects on the use of hyperaccumulating plants to extract nickel from contaminated soil and to phytomine nickel from naturally occurring metal enriched soils

·         Managed research sites in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario, and Cave Junction, Oregon

·         Designed and oversaw greenhouse and field experiments, a plant breeding program, and a seed increase program

·         Supervised pilot commercial production of Alyssum murale and Alyssum corsicum as phytomining crops


BTC News/Raw Story

Freelance Writer, 2005 to 2009


·         Reported and wrote news articles on political issues and other current events for progressive, web-based news organizations

·         Attended White House press briefings and other media events as a reporter


University of Maryland/Department of Natural Resource Sciences & Landscape Architecture

College Park, MD  

Faculty Research Assistant, 1997-2001


·         Conducted scientific experiments under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a method for phytoextraction of heavy metals from soil using hyperaccumulating plants

·         Carried out greenhouse and field experiments that involved growing metal hyperaccumulating plants on various types of metal-enriched soils using different soil treatments, in order to test the effect of soil pH, fertilizer, and other soil amendments on metal uptake

·         Performed nickel analyses using atomic absorption spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy


University of Maryland/Department of Agronomy

College Park, MD  

Research Fellow, 1995-1997


·         Performed somatic hybridization of the Zn hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens and the crop plant Brassica napus

·         Used protoplast electrofusion to combine the traits of two sexually-incompatible parent species into one offspring


Craig Lord Farm

Bayside, CA  

Foreman, 1989-1993


·         Grew organic vegetables on a 12-acre farm

·         Increased productivity to the highest level in the farm's history

·         Supervised farm operations, including planting, harvesting, and training of new workers

·         Implemented soil-conserving practices


Malachite Farm School

Gardner, CO  

Instructor, 1983-1987


·         Developed and taught course in home production of dairy foods

·         Grafted, budded, and pruned fruit trees; taught grafting workshops




University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College Park, MD

Master of Science, Agronomy: 1997

G.P.A. 4.0


Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ithaca, NY

Bachelor of Science, Soil, Crop, and Atmospheric Sciences: 1995

G.P.A. 4.07


University of California, Berkeley, CA

Coursework in Biology, G.P.A 3.8: 1974-1976


San Francisco State University.  San Francisco, CA

Coursework in Biology, G.P.A. 3.98: 1972-1974




·         University of Maryland                                          University Fellowship, 1995-1997

·         Cornell University                                                    Academic Excellence Award, 1996

                                                                                        Dean’s List, 1994-1995

                                                                                        Harry L. Schwartz Scholarship, 1995

·         University of California, Berkeley                      Alumni Scholarship, 1974-1975




Qiu R, Fang X, Tang Y, Du S, Zeng X, Brewer E. 2006. Zinc hyperaccumulation and uptake by Potentilla griffithii Hook. Int. J. Phytoremediation 8:299-310.


Chaney RL, Angle JS, Mcintosh MS, Reeves RD, Li Y, Brewer EP, Chen K, Roseberg RJ, Perner H, Synkowski E. 2005. Using hyperaccumulator plants to phytoextract soil Ni and Cd. Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung. 60C(3-4):190-198.


Li YM,  Chaney R, Brewer E, Roseberg R, Angle JS, Baker A, Reeves R, and Nelkin J. 2003. Development of a technology for commercial phytoextraction of nickel: Economic and technical considerations. Plant Soil. 249:107–115. (pdf file)


Li YM, Chaney RL, Brewer EP, Angle JS, and Nelkin J. 2003. Phytoextraction of nickel and cobalt by hyperaccumulator Alyssum species grown on nickel-contaminated soils. Environ. Sci. Technol. 37:1463–1468. (pdf file)


Angle JS, Chaney RL, Baker AJM, Li Y, Reeves R, Volk V, Roseberg R, Brewer E, BurkeS, and Nelkin JP. 2001. Developing commercial phytoextraction technologies: Practical considerations. So. African J. Sci. 97:619-623.


Malik M, Chaney RL, Brewer EP, and Angle JS. 2000. Phytoextraction of soil cobalt using hyperaccumulator plants. Int. J. Phytoremediation. 2:319–329.


Brewer EP, Saunders JA, Angle JS, Chaney RL, and McIntosh MS. 1999. Somatic hybridization between the zinc accumulator Thlaspi caerulescens and Brassica napus. Theor. Appl. Genet. 99:761-771.


Chaney RL, Malik M, Li YM, Brown SL, Brewer EP, Angle JS, and Baker AJM. 1997. Phytoremediation of soil metals. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 8:279–284.


References available upon request