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Research Focus Area 2: Fate & Transport

Land use, water management, population growth and human consumption along with climate disturbances are all playing combined roles in driving how contaminants are transported and transformed across our shared environments. The eventual fate and environmental impact of pollutants is primarily dictated by biogeochemical processes. CREST CAChE and our team with Research Focus Area 2 are aiming to better understand the changes and impacts of pollutants across three major land-use boundaries in South Florida: our natural, agricultural, and urban zones.

RFA 2 will establish research transects to assess the interaction of contaminants between our agriculture, urban and natural landscapes. The information derived from these transects will provide a research platform for students and faculty to apply the detection methodologies developed in RFA 1, and use state-of-the-art modeling techniques developed in collaboration with RFA 3 to ultimately visualize the transport and fate of pollutants across our aquatic environments. To learn more about this and other work done as part of RFA 2, read the full proposal:

Our faculty are using new sensing techniques to help determine biogeochemical cycles, including contaminant sources, storage, transport, and transformations. We are quantifying how contaminants move and change across South Florida's natural, agricultural and human/urban landscapes.

Research Mentors

John Kominoski, Lead: organic matter processing, biogeochemical cycling
Shekhar Bhansali: Microfluidcs, biosensor, electrical evaluation of cell drug interactions
Ligia Collado-Vides: ecological role of marine macroalgae on tropical coastal waters
Henry Briceñowater quality and nutrient cycling with sea level rise
James Fourqurean: biogeochemical cycling, ecological competition
Evelyn Gaiser: aquatic ecology, algal communities
Rudolf Jaffé: environmental organic geochemistry
David Kadkoenvironmental radiochemistry and oceanography
Arturo Leon: water infrastructure to control flooding
Assefa M. Melesse: eco-hydrological and geospatial modeling
René Price: hydrogeology, eco-hydrology, and geochemistry
Michael Ross: landscape and disturbance ecology
Leonard Scinto: aquatic and sediment biogeochemistry
Joel Trexler: ecology, evolutionary biology, and food web dynamics
Tiffany Troxler: coastal wetland ecosystems and global climate change