My current research interests are in the areas of environmental chemistry & toxicology, urban ecology, sustainable agriculture, food policy and finally secondary and college science education. Additionally information on my research interests, publications and presentations can be viewed by clicking on the research tab above or by clicking here.
My undergraduate and graduate studies focused on the study of our soil, water and food resources. While working towards a B.S. in Environmental Science (emphasis on soil and water resources) at the University of Minnesota I worked as an undergraduate research assistant under the careful eye of Dr. William Koskinen at the USDA Analytical Water Quality and Pesticide lab in St. Paul, Minnesota. After completing my B.S. in 1999 I moved to Manhattan, KS to pursue a M.S. in Agronomy under the guidance of Dr. Steve Thien in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University. There I explored methods to quantify soil quality by evaluating multiple soil quality indicators. Immediately following my M.S. I moved to Athens, GA to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Kang Xia in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia. My doctoral work at UGA examined the influence of clay minerals, humic substances and soil aggregation on the fate and bioavailability of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT).
While pursuing my graduate degrees I also accumulated a wealth of teaching experience by serving as an instructor, teaching assistant or lead teaching assistant for more than 20 sections of courses in soil science, soil microbiology, soil chemistry, soil mineralogy and the chemistry of environmental contaminants.