Science Building, Room E216
Associate Professor and Chairman, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Science Building – Room D206
Environmental Microbiology and Water Resource Management. My research focuses upon the microbial ecology of aquatic environments. The microbial communities are studied in order to:
- Understand the variation and regulation of biogeochemical functioning in aquatic environments;
- Understand the interaction between human activities and pathogen dynamics in the environment.
- Understand the best management practices for urban pollution.
Includes studies of:
- Factors regulating the variability in coastal water quality, including the persistence of pathogens in estuaries and water-sediment interactions.
- Bioaerosols and the connection of water quality and air quality at the scale of the urban waterfront.
- Estuarine biogeochemistry, including greenhouse gas production in response to nutrient loading; nitrogen cycling in the coastal ocean.
- The design and testing of antimicrobial technologies for the treatment of industrial and stormwater.
- Changes in microbial diversity and activity in response to: a) hypoxia; b) aquifer acidification.
- The role of subsurface microbial communities in altering carbon sequestration activities.
View data from my Hudson River water quality study
Sources of Current and Prior Research Support Include:
Hudson River Foundation, Riverkeeper, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Eppley Foundation, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, New York Seagrant, and Sloan Foundation.