Dr. Greg Pillar is an environmental science scholar who has spoken on more than 50 occasions on topics ranging from the fate of environmental contaminants to global food security.
Dr. Pillar's recent projects include the identification of pharmaceuticals in urban streams; soil development and nutrient cycling in organic farming systems; and quantification of bis-phenol A (BPA) in thermal paper (cash register receipts).
Coined "Queens' Master of Disaster," by the Charlotte Observer, Dr. Pillar received national media attention for incorporating Hollywood science (and myths) found in natural disaster and science fiction films into his courses including his popular Honors seminar, Recipe for Disaster: Hollywood vs. Reality.
Dr. Pillar is a frequent media expert, often featured in consumer advocacy stories that help bring issues to life for the general public.
- "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improve Critical Thinking and Scientific Writing in an Introductory Environmental Science Class,"North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal, 2013 (co-author with J. Braswell)
- "An interdisciplinary approach to engaging students in active citizenship and community service by investigating issues in food and agriculture," North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal, 2011 (lead author with J. Braswell and M.S. Harper)
- "Occurrence and fate of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in biosolids," Journal of Environmental Quality, 2005 (co-author with K. Xia and K. Das)