I am an environmental chemist in the Program for Environmental Studies and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. I serve as an academic advisor and research mentor to students majoring in Environmental Studies-Chemistry and Chemistry & Biochemistry. Both my research and teaching reside happily at the interface of multiple scientific disciplines and perhaps fittingly, my research itself focuses on environmental interfaces – the air-water interface and mineral-water interfaces. Click around to find out more!
My 2012-13 courses are
- Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (ES 401) (fall), a community-based service learning course on the theme of Sustainable Transportation. Students are working on some great projects with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Addison Country Transit Resources, and Middlebury College.
- Caveman Chemistry (CHEM 1003) (winter), a hands-on course in which students recreate several of humankind’s first scientific discoveries (ceramics, bronze, and glass!) and examine the chemistry and historical significance of these discoveries.
- Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 270) (spring), a lecture+lab course, in which students learn to use molecular structure of environmental toxicants (including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals) to predict their environmental fate and transport. Labs introduce students to aspects of pollution source fingerprinting, air-quality monitoring, contaminant remediation and toxicology.
- Natural Science and the Environment (ENVS 112) (spring), a lecture+lab course, in which students navigate six global environmental themes — including agriculture, energy, water resources & quality, air quality, climate change, and human population — through an interdisciplinary scientific lens. Labs, taught by Prof. Marc Lapin, explore local manifestations of these global topics.