Grad 3

Bianca Dragone (ESCH ’12) and I — all smiles at graduation!

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 often focuses on environmental interfaces  — the air-water interface and mineral-water interfaces. Click around to find out more!

My 2014-15 courses are

  • Natural Science and the Environment (ENVS 112) (fall), an interdisciplinary environmental science. Topics covered include water, agriculture, climate change, energy, human population, toxics. Across these topics, fundamental environmental sciences themes of connectivity, conservation of mass, thermodynamics, and dynamic systems are examined.
  • Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (CHEM 311) (fall), a writing intensive (and just plain ol’ intense!) introduction to analytical and experimental chemistry with an emphasis on the practice and application of modern instrumental methods and experimental design. We learn the principles of operation of several instruments and use them in multi-week research projects to identify and quantify analytes of interest. On my projects this year, we are lucky to be working with community-based non-profits on our projects related to phosphorus loading to Otter Creek via wastewater treatment plants.
  • 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.
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