Division of Environmental Chemistry

Our research scientists are mainly interested in investigating the link between natural and anthropogenic chemical constituents and their influence on biological, geological, and physical processes. Current efforts in environmental chemistry involve (1) determining nutrient dynamics in Long Bay, South Carolina and how those cycling behaviors might lead to the formation of coastal hypoxia, (2) using natural chemical tracers to identify sources of groundwater input to coastal areas, and the resulting nutrient fluxes associated with this process, and (3) examining the sources of various environmental contaminants (e.g., mercury) and the associated impact on ecosystem functioning. Student involvement in each of these realms strengthens the project as well as the students’ educational opportunities.