Current general research focuses on the development and application of quantitative analytical methods for organic micropollutants and their transformation products in natural and engineered systems. Early in her career, she focused on field-based research to investigate the fate and transport of surfactants in groundwater and wastewater treatment systems. She participated in interdisciplinary research with hydrologists and engineers in order to develop ‘push-pull’ tracer test methods for determining in-situ rates of reductive dechlorination and anaerobic biodegradation of aromatic hydrocarbons. She was a pioneer in the area of fluorochemical occurrence and behavior with a focus on groundwater contaminated by fire-fighting foams, municipal wastewater treatment systems, and in municipal landfill leachates. Her current research in the area of environmental analytical chemistry concentrates on the use of large-volume injections with liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry as a quantitative yet cost- and time-saving approach for the analysis of aqueous environmental samples. Applications of the large-volume injection technique include measurements of illicit drugs in municipal wastewater as an alternative indicator of community drug use; components of the Corexit oil dispersant in seawater, and newly-identified fluorochemicals in groundwater and landfill leachate.
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Water Resources Graduate Program
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