Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Tulsa, 1997
  • M.S., Geochemistry, New Mexico Inst. of Mining and Technology, 1991
  • A.B., Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 1987
Licenses & Certifications
  • Licensed Geologist (WA)
Professional Honors
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1997
Professional Affiliations
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Benton is a geochemist with over 20 years of experience in environmental forensic questions related to legal claims. Much of her work involves chemical fingerprinting, historical reconstruction of chemical releases, and data optimization. 

Dr. Benton's work with industrial and legal clients has involved the environmental chemistry of metals and metalloids, dioxins and furans, PAHs, VOCs, and MTBE for environmental studies related to mining and smelting sites, oil spills, landfills, wood treatment facilities, and former manufactured gas plants. Frequently, these analyses have been used to evaluate cost allocation, insurance coverage, property damage, and personal injury claims.