Forty-five students have conducted research in the Costanza-Robinson Lab. The majority of these students continue on to scientific and medical careers, and many others utilize their scientific research experiences as a foundation for diverse careers related to the environment and education.

2016-team
Summer 2016 Research Team Cascade Mtn Hike, Adirondacks

 ^ indicates co-author; * indicates senior thesis students

Current Research Team

* Emory Payne (Chemistry, 2018) Efficacy and mechanism of aromatic petroleum hydrocarbon sorption by surfactant-modified montmorollonites

* Katherine Fortin (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2018)

* Stephanie Blair (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, 2018)

Audrey Bangs (Biochemistry, 2018)

Gabrielle Davis (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2019)

Emma Wilcox (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2019)


Former Team Members (and where they are now)

2016-

Mairin Wilson (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2017.5) Lead in Drinking Water in Addison County Schools

Nina Buzby (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2017) Lead in Drinking Water in Addison County Schools

Mariah Dawson (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, 2017) Disrupting unhealthy policy: The
lack of endocrine disruptor salience in public health policy at a state level

* Andrew Grant (Biochemistry, 2017) Mechanism of bone sensitivity to xenoestrogenic exposures

Rachael Morris (Chemistry, 2017) Influence of surfactant loading on sorption of triclosan to organo-montmorillonites

Katie Weatherseed (Conservation Biology, 2016.5), Measurement of novel indicators of endocrine disruption in rodents

* Kae Fink (Chemistry and Economics, 2016.5) Effects of surfactant loading and contaminant structure on interlayer behavior of hexadecyltrimethylammonium-modified montmorillonite. Graduate student at U. of Utah, Chemical Engineering

Hannah Gelderman (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2016) Investigating the role of SMOC1 in bone development induced by environmental estrogens. Consultant at Galen Healthcare Solutions, Burlington VT

* Betty Kobia (Chemistry, 2016) Investigating a novel indicator of developmental endocrine disruption in animal models. Product development at Cepheid molecular diagnostics, Sunnyvale CA

2011-2015

Linnea Burnham (History and French, 2015) Chemical and Sensory Investigation of Cheese

Alison Maxwell (Biochemistry, 2015), Write Like a Scientist website development. Graduate school-bound in Origins of Life/Biochemistry

Mary Richards (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2015) Socioeconomic factors and environmental endocrine disruption. Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA

* Jack Kerby-Miller  (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2014.5) Investigation a novel indicator of population-level endocrine disruption in humans. Environmental Consulting at the Stone House Group, Bethlehem PA

Emily Auran  (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2014) Temporal trends in human population-level endocrine disruption. Medical School, Columbia University, New York NY

Kristina Conroy (Psychology, 2014) Temporal trends in human population-level endocrine disruption. Research Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA

* Elaine Dellinger (Biochemistry, 2014)  Interlayer characterization of HDTMA-modified montmorillonite for use in contaminant remediation. SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn,NY

Lauren Pincus (Chemistry and Geology, 2014) Influence of Montmorillonite Weathering on its Suitability as a Substrate for Organic Modification and Contaminant Remediation. Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Engineering, Yale University.

Connor Stoll (Biochemistry, 2014) Mechanisms of Contaminant Uptake by HDTMA-Modified Montmorillonite. Medical School, Baylor University, Waco TX

Kiya Vega-Hutchens (Environmental Studies-Chemistry, 2014) Temporal trends in human population-level endocrine disruption. 

Alyssa Kronen (Environmental Biology 2013) Soil Extractions and Maple Sap Collection for Chemical Analysis. Medical school, University of Washington

*^ Malcolm Littlefield (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2013) Characterization of alkyl trimethylammonium bromide modified montmorillonite for organic contaminant remediation. Environmental Consulting, SunBug Solar, Somerville MA

Annie Mejaes (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2013) Investigating the microstructure of HDTMA-modified montmorillonite for environmental contaminant remediation. Outreach Intern, Oceana, Washington DC

Angela Todd (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2013) Molecular size effects on uptake of nonpolar aliphatic contaminants by minimally surfactant-modified montmorillonite.

Bianca Dragone (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2012) Maple Sap Collection and Characterization (Spring) and Trace Metal Determination and Inorganic Analysis of Maple Sap. Environmental Technology Consulting,  Lucid, Oakland CA

Amy Prescott (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2012) Bhopal: An Ongoing Tragedy. Medical School, Georgetown University

Ali Siegel (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2012) Quantitative determination of alkyl pyrazines and other flavor compounds in maple syrup using headspace solid-phase microextraction-GCMS. Program Empowerment Director at DREAM Winooski VT

David Fouhey (Computer Science 2011) Computer Automation of X-ray Microtomography Image Processing. Ph.D. candidate in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University

Eleanor Horowitz (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2011) Chemical Relationships between Sugar Maple Sap and Underlying Soil: Seeking Sap Indicators of Soil Quality

* Alice Wisener (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2011) Semiquantitative determination of alkyl pyrazines in maple syrup using headspace SPME and GC/MS. Staff at EnerNOC, Boston MA

*^ Zheng Zheng (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2011) Surfactant effects on solute transport and retention in unsaturated porous media. Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry at University of Michigan

2006-2010

*^ Bobby Levine (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry 2010) Neochloris oleoabundans grown on anaerobically digested dairy manure for concomitant nutrient removal and biodiesel feedstock production. Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan. Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Algal Scientific, Plymouth MI

Emma Johnson (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2010) LC-MS Identification and Quantification of Amino Acids in Maple Sap. Medical School at University of New Mexico

*^ Benjamin Estabrook (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2009) The influence of surfactant-induced flow on air-water interfacial area measurements. M.S. candidate in Environmental Policy & Economics at Georgetown University

Elizabeth Kelley (Environmental Policy 2009) Senior research analyst, applying to graduate school in public health

Emily Picciotto (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2009) Investigation of Small-Scale Variability in Maple Sap Chemistry. Veterinary student at Tufts University

Ian Burgin (Environmental Nonfiction, 2008) Conceptual modeling in environmental science: a final project for ES 112.

Ryder Musselman (Geology 2008) Characterization of Maple Sap Particulate. Environmental geology consulting

Laura Kuhl (Conservation Biology and Sociology/Anthropology 2007) Metal Accumulation in Clams in the Estuary of Caráquez, Ecuador

*^ Ross Lieb-Lappen (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2007) The influence of surface roughness on air-water interfacial areas in porous media. Ph.D. Engineering, Dartmouth College. Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

* Katie Harrold (Environmental Studies-Chemistry 2006.5) Measurement of Air-water Interfacial Areas in Unsaturated Water-Wet Porous Media Using Synchrotron X-ray Microtomography. M.S. in Environmental Chemistry at University of North Carolina

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