Lab Group

Ph.D. Students

David A. Dukes

David is an environmental engineer with a background in geochemistry. David has a MS in geology from Temple University where he helped develop a method using rare earth element tracers to quantify aeolian transportation rates. He has also spent time working in environmental remediation, addressing contaminated sites throughout New Jersey. David’s current research is focused on the bioaccumulation and metabolites of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) present in aqueous film forming foams.

Rachel Smolinski

Rachel is a PhD student in the SoMAS department at Stony Brook. She received her BS in chemistry at the University at Buffalo, where she studied inorganic synthesis of alternative MRI contrast agents. Rachel is interested in the fate, transformation, and persistence of organic contaminants in marine and groundwater environments. She is affiliated with the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook and is currently using high resolution mass spectrometry to identify trace organic contaminants in domestic wastewater and their transformation products in Nitrogen Removing Biofilters.

Master’s Students

Noor Hamdan

Noor received her BE in civil engineering at Stony Brook University with a concentration in environmental engineering. She spent her undergraduate career conducting research on waste-to-energy facilities in New York and on an anthology for environmental justice and climate change on Long Island. She is currently working on the bioaccumulation of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in marine polychaete worms, along with various methods for the treatment of PFAS-contaminated water. This includes a thermal plasma with Dr. Axel Drees in the Physics department and e-beam technology with the Center for Clean Water Technology.

Jennifer Marciano

I graduated from Stony Brook with a BS in chemistry and concentration in environmental chemistry. I have done research projects involving climate trends through Stony Brook’s GeoPATH program, and landfill remediation through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. I am currently analyzing PFASs in mouse serum, and creating a PCDL of different PFAS fragments. Outside of science, I enjoy longboarding and going to the beach!

Group Lead

Dr. Carrie McDonough – Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

I am a chemical oceanographer and analytical chemist working at the intersection of environmental organic chemistry, environmental engineering, and public health. I received my B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2008, and my Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI GSO) in 2017. I use cutting-edge environmental monitoring and analytical chemistry techniques to study the fate, transport, and biological effects of anthropogenic 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. My overarching objective is to understand human and ecosystem health risk associated with organic contaminants in water and to identify particular compounds of concern that should be prioritized for remediation and toxicological investigation. When I’m not working, I am usually brewing beer and hanging out with my dogs, Millie and Pickles.