Assistant Professor of Environmental Organic Chemistry Environmental Science and Studies Program,
University of Washington, Tacoma
As an environmental chemist, my research interests revolve around examining sources and environmental fate of emerging organic contaminants. Numerous synthetic chemicals are released into the environment as a result of use, disposal or accidental discharge. I investigate where these chemicals are likely to end up and whether they breakdown or remain persistent in the environment. Microbial degradation of halogenated chemicals such as perfluorinated chemicals has been a primary focus of my research. Analytical instrumentation is integral in my investigations including techniques such as Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography coupled with Mass Spectrometry. I am fortunate to also be part of the newly established Center for Urban Waters, a collaborative research center betwen UWT, City of Tacoma, and Puget Sound Partnership.
I joined the faculty of the Environmental Program at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) in 2009 and I pioneered the lower division General Chemistry sequence of courses as the university transitioned into a four year institution. Since then I have taught courses in Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.