Bio

I am a chemical oceanographer and analytical chemist working at the intersection of environmental organic chemistry, molecular toxicology, and environmental health. I use cutting-edge environmental monitoring and analytical chemistry techniques to study the fate, transport, and biological effects of synthetic organic contaminants in aquatic environments. Broadly, I am interested in how the molecular structure and chemical properties of pollutants influence their fate in the environment, as well as their biological effects in aquatic organisms and humans.

Research

My overarching goal as a researcher is to investigate the fate of persistent anthropogenic chemicals in the environment and their effects on human health. I want to understand how structure and chemical properties influence a contaminant’s environmental behavior and effects on the human body.

Current Work: Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado School of Mines

As of June 2017, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Higgins Lab at the Colorado School of Mines, where I have two research projects, both focused on using LC-QToF-MS to identify and quantify contaminants of emerging concern. Primarily, I am studying the transport, fate, and bioaccumulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which are ubiquitous groundwater and drinking water pollutants. I am also investigating the removal of a wide range trace organic contaminants from stormwater treated by traditional rain garden treatment systems.

You can download my full CV here

 

Science Communication

I have founded two blogs where graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and science professionals work together to summarize recent journal articles for the general public using language anyone with a high school science education can understand. I am also on the ComSciCon National Workshop Leadership Committee. I am very interested in making science communication and community outreach an integral part of my teaching and research program as a PI.

Oceanbites, founded in September 2013, is a blog where oceanography graduate students and postdoctoral researchers describe the latest in cutting-edge oceanography research for the broader public.

Envirobites, which will begin publishing content in August 2017, is a blog where graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and environmental professionals will write posts describing recent research in environmental science topics, including urban pollution, toxicology, and climate change.