Environmental Health & Safety

Russell Vernon

Russell Vernon, Ph.D.


(951) 827-5119

Environmental Health
& Safety (EH&S)
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521


Supporting the UCR Mission of Research, Teaching & Public Service by providing the guidance the campus uses to conduct all activities safely and environmentally responsibly. Engages with campus to deliver EH&S Leadership & Strategic Planning


Dr. Vernon has over 24 years of experience in Academic Laboratory & Research Safety. Prior to coming to UCR he served as a Lecturer at UCSD, Chemistry & Biochemistry department where he also managed the teaching laboratory safety program; he also held a postgraduate researcher position at Scripps Institution of Oceanography investigating colloids in the ocean. His doctoral work was in the field of structural, physical organic chemistry. He as been at UCR since February of 1999. Prior to the role of Director, Dr. Vernon served in the role of Laboratory / Safety Research Manager and Integrated Waste Manager.

Education and Credentials

Degrees Received:
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, San Diego 1993
M.S., Chemistry, University of California, San Diego 1989
B.A., Chemistry, University of Colorado, Denver, cum laude 1987

Universities Attended:

University of California, San Diego
University of Colorado, Denver
Western Washington University
University of Washington


Dr. Vernon supports the teaching and research mission of the campus through innovative and strategic leadership of a campuswide environmental, health and safety practice. He strives to provide excellent service to all members of the campus community including faculty, staff, students and affiliates. As the Director, he has oversight and lead responsibility for campus compliance to applicable laws and regulations, key environmental, health, and safety program implementation. He provides leadership and encourages collaboration on EH&S issues amongst campus departments, UC campuses, and universities throughout the nation.

Selected Publications

1. Synthesis of Trisoxatricornan and Amino Derivatives. Useful Keystones for the Construction of Rigid Molecular  Cavities.%u3000 Lofthagen, M.; VernonClark, R.; Baldridge, K. K.; Siegel, J. S.%u3000 J. Org. Chem.  1992, 57, 61.

2. The  Central  Bond  Length  in  1,2-Diarylethanes. Kahr,  B.;  Mitchell,  C.  Chance,  J.  M.; VernonClark, R.; Gantzel, P.; Baldridge, K. K.; Siegel, J. S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995, 117, 4479.

3. Π−Σ−Π  Through-Space Coupling and "Long" C-C Single Bonds. Baldridge, K. K.; Battersby, T.; VernonClark, R.; Siegel, J. S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 7048.


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