Graduate Students M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry
- Johnathon Brooks (M.P.S. 2013, Boyer) Technical Support Manager, Baker Hughes
- Jiajue Chai (Ph.D. 2014, Dibble) Postdoctoral Researcher at Brown University
- Jesse Crandall (Ph.D. 2014, Teece) Assistant Professor, University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT
- Jennifer Croskrey (M.S. 2012, Hassett), U.S. Geological Survey Colorado Water Science Center
- Gary Bonomo (M.S. 2011, Johnson) - Laboratory Supervisor, Syracuse University Department of Chemistry
- Jordan Brinkley (M.S. 2008, Kieber) - Lab Coordinator, ESF Department of Chemistry
- Caresse Fernandez (M.S. 2012, Teece) –7th Grade Science Teacher, Excel Public Charter School in Washington State
- Lindsay A. Harrington (Ph.D. 2012, Hassett) - INFICON, a manufacturer of instruments for gas analysis in DeWitt
- Hongyi Hu (Ph.D. 2013, Dibble) Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Arkansas
- Joanna Kinsey (Ph.D. 2014, Kieber) Postdoctoral Research Scholar, North Carolina State University
- Rebecca Jarrell Lyons (Ph.D. 2010, Hassett) Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Redlands
- Dara Salley (M.S. 2014, Hassett) INFICON
- Kathleen Saxton (M.S. 2013, Donaghy) Instructional Support Associate at University at Albany
- Karen Schmitt (M.S. 2010, Dibble) Galson Laboratories
- Yuan Sha (M.S. 2013, Dibble), Technology Manager at Shanghai Auto Industry Corporation
- Smriti Sharma (M.S. 2015, Hassett) Environmental Analyst, Aria Energy
- Peter Smyntek (Ph.D. 2006, NSF Graduate Fellow, Teece) Assistant Professor, St. Vincent College, PA
- Christopher Spiese (Ph.D. 2010, EPA GRO Fellow Kieber) Associate Professor of Chemistry, Ohio Northern University
- Hannah Stella-Levinson (M.S. 2008, Johnson) - Chemistry teacher, Fabius-Pompey School District
- Inger Tyssebotn (Ph.D. 2015, Kieber) Postdoctoral Researcher at Washington State University
- Ray Van Orden (M.S. 2008, Kieber) Forensic Scientist Supervisor, City of Mesa
- Lei Zhang (Ph.D. 2005, Dibble) Covance, Inc.
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Selected applicants to the graduate program will be offered a full tuition waiver and a 12 month stipend that will cover their living expenses, and the costs of books and fees. Students are supported primarily as research assistants rather than teaching assistants, and as a result they have more time to devote to their research.
Current Graduate Students in Environmental Chemistry
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Graduate Research Topic
I study lipid biomarkers from rare freshwater 'reefs', or microbialites, like the ones found in Green Lake near Fayetteville, NY. I use gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to quantify hopanoids from the microbialites to identify the specific microbes that produced them. This work can be applied to studies of the evolution of life on early Earth because hopanoids can be found in fossilized bacteria that are over 3 million years old. We want to know why microbialites grow where they do, what their function is in the lake ecosystem, and how hopanoids are preserved over time.
I consider resolving issues pertaining to the environment an inherent responsibility of chemistry, and chemistry provides me with both the deep comprehension of the relationships of the world at the molecular level and the unlimited possibility for practical and innovative thinking to achieve the fundamental understanding of the environment. My research focuses on applying quantum modeling knowledge to predict reactivity and chemical relevance of a yet-to-be-detected species of mercury in the atmosphere, a neurotoxin which may travel far away from its original emission source. When I am not doing research or taking classes, I enjoy doing yoga by candlelight, arranging a capella music, dancing to house music, watching League of Legends tournaments, composing post-minimalist music, failing at rock climbing, binge-watching seasons of Black Mirror, going to operas and classical concerts, and hiking.
Graduate Research Topic
Atmospheric Mercury Chemistry, Quantum Mechanical Modeling, Chemical Kinetics, Computational Chemistry
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths" - Walt Disney, Meet the Robinsons
Graduate Research Topic
First-ever analytical detection of atmospheric mercury compounds that form upon the bromine-initiated oxidation of mercury (i.e. HgBrNO2, HgBrOH, etc.). The goal is to formulate a method for analytically detecting these compounds and to provide analytical data supporting their existence. This would hopefully facilitate further study of these compounds and provide a means for detecting them in the atmosphere.
Itís what you do in the dark... that puts you into the light. ~Unknown