Thirty-eight 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.

Summer 2016 Research Team Cascade Mtn Hike, Adirondacks

 ^ indicates co-author; * indicates senior thesis students

Current Research Team


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

* Rachael Morris (Chemistry, 2017) Influence of surfactant loading on sorption of antimicrobial compounds organo-montmorillonites

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

Former Team Members (and where they are now)


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

Hannah Gelderman (Environmental 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


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 Chemistry, 2015) Socioeconomic factors and environmental endocrine disruption. Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA

* Jack Kerby-Miller  (Environmental 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 Chemistry, 2014) Temporal trends in human population-level endocrine disruption. Medical School, Columbia University, New York NY

Kristina Conroy (Pyschology, 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 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 Chemistry 2013) Characterization of alkyl trimethylammonium bromide modified montmorillonite for organic contaminant remediation. Environmental Consulting, SunBug Solar, Somerville MA

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

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

Bianca Dragone (Environmental 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 Chemistry 2012) Bhopal: An Ongoing Tragedy. Medical School, Georgetown University

Ali Siegel (Environmental 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 Chemistry 2011) Chemical Relationships between Sugar Maple Sap and Underlying Soil: Seeking Sap Indicators of Soil Quality

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

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


*^ 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 Chemistry 2010) LC-MS Identification and Quantification of Amino Acids in Maple Sap. Medical School at University of New Mexico

*^ Benjamin Estabrook (Environmental 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 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 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 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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