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Research Focus Area 1: Detection & Identification

Water quality is one of the most critical factors behind ecosystem stability. In recent decades, the way we identify and understand environmental contamination has changed, as our focus has expanded from traditional pollutants such as nutrients, trace metals, DDT and PCBs to more biologically active compounds such as endocrine disrupters, antibiotics and toxic chemicals. These pollutants are having adverse effects on the surrounding environments and, indirectly, on humans.

To address this pressing issue, CREST CAChE and our Research Focus Area 1 team are using cutting-edge technologies to improve detection methods and quantify environmental exposure to pollutants, including anthropogenic contaminants and other natural stressors. You can learn more by reading the full proposal for RFA 1 here.

Our faculty are extending research technologies and approaches for measuring chemical stressors. We conduct advanced sensing of environmental exposure to anthropogenic contaminants, pollutants and other natural stressors, such as harmful algal blooms.

Research Mentors

Francisco Fernandez-Lima, Lead: high-resolution mass spectrometry
Yong Cai: environmental bioinorganic chemistry
Piero Gardinali: environmental analytical chemistry
William Anderson: stable isotope biogeochemistry
Jose Eirin-Lopez: genetic and epigenetic adaptation
Quentin Felty: estrogen-mimicking endocrine disruptors
Rudolf Jaffé: environmental organic geochemistry
David Kadko: environmental radiochemistry and oceanography
René Price: hydrogeology, eco-hydrology, and geochemistry
Leonard Scinto: aquatic and sediment biogeochemistry