Thomas Galligan, Ph.D.
While earning his B.S. in dairy science at Virginia Tech, Thomas developed an interest in understanding the connections among human activities, ecosystem health and public health. This led him to earn his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina, where he studied the effects of environmental contaminants on alligators and bottlenose dolphins. Thomas returned to Virginia Tech for a postdoctoral position, during which he investigated links between ecosystem degradation and reproductive health in the hellbender salamander, in addition to teaching undergraduate physiology. In 2019, he joined the Healthy Living team as a toxicologist. He is excited to use his passion for the environment and public health to support EWG’s mission. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys cooking, reading and exploring the outdoors – especially hiking and snowboarding – with his wife, Emma, and their dog, Ninja.