Environmental Chemistry Faculty and Research

Ana Aguilar-Islas

Assistant Professor Chemical Oceanograpy, School of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, UAF. (Associated Faculty UAF Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Ph.D. University of California Santa Cruz, 2007 (Ocean Sciences)
Professor Aguilar-Islas's research deals with marine biogeochemistry of trace metals with particular emphasis on high latitude regions. 

Cathy CahillAssociate Professor of Chemistry, UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D. University of Nevada Reno, 1996 (Physical and Atmospheric Chemistry)
Professor Cahill’s research focuses on atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on visibility, global climate, and human health.
Margaret Darrow

Associate Professor of Geological Engineering, UAF Institute of Northern Engineering (Associated Faculty UAF Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Ph.D. University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007 (Engineering: Arctic Engineering)
Professor Darrow's research interests include behavior of unfrozen water in frozen soils, frost heaving, soil physics, slope stability, and thermal analysis of influence of structures on frozen ground.

Clara DealResearch Assistant Professor, International Arctic Research Center (Associated Faculty UAF Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Ph.D. University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1998. (Biogeochemistry and Atmospheric Chemistry)  
Professor Deal's research interests include biogeochemical cycling of major nutrient elements (C, N, P, S) in the marine environment with a focus on dimethylsulfide, and biosphere-climate interactions and feedbacks.
Tom DouglasResearch Chemist, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (Affiliated Faculty UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Ph.D. Dartmouth College, 2001. (Geochemistry) 
Dr. Douglas's research interests include geochemistry, hydrogeology and environmental characterization related to soil and water quality and linking snow chemistry with atmospheric contaminants.
Larry DuffyProfessor of Biochemistry, UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Ph.D. University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1977. (Neurochemistry/Protein Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Professor Duffy's research focuses on wildlife and human environmental health, mercury toxicity and environmental ethics and justice.
Tom GreenProfessor of Chemistry, UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Ph.D. University of Tennessee, 1984. (Organic Chemistry)
Professor Green's research in Environmental chemistry focuses on synthesis and use of cyclodextrins as catalysts in Environmental remediation.
Jenn Guerard

Assistant Professor, UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2009 (Environmental Sciences).  
Professor Guerard's research focuses on investigating the photo- and redox transformation reactions of organic constituents in aqueous systems.

Sarah Hayes

Assistant Professor, UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2010 (Soil and Water Science / Analytical Chemistry).  
Professor Hayes' research focuses on characterizing biogeochemical processes controlling the environmental mobility and bioaccessibility of inorganic contaminants using chemical and spectroscopic methods

Lisa HoferkampAssociate Professor, University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau) Department of Environmental Sciences, (Affiliated Faculty UAF Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Ph.D. University of Neuchatel (Switzerland), 1995 (Inorganic chemistry) 
Professor Hoferkamp's research centers on the transport, deposition and attenuation of heavy metal and organic pollutants in high latitude environments. Heavy metal studies in my lab include characterization of the lead and copper species associated with high organic carbon soils under anaerobic conditions. 
Mary Beth LeighAssistant Professor, UAF Department of Biology and Wildlife, Institute of Arctic Biology (Associated Faculty UAF Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Ph.D. The University of Oklahoma. (Microbiology)
Professor Leigh's group uses an array of molecular, biochemical and classical microbiology techniques to investigate the microbial degradation/immobilization of environmental pollutants, including PCBs, PAHs, pharmaceuticals, radionuclides and metals. Professor Leigh is also interested in mechanisms of lignocellulose degradation, its role in C cylcing, and potential use in biofuel production.
Jeremy Mathis

Assistant Professor Chemical Oceanograpy, School of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, UAF. (Associated Faculty UAF Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry) 
Ph.D. University of Miami, 2006 (Oceanography)
The main focus of Professor Mathis's research is the cycling and fate of carbon and nitrogen in the marine environment and how they affect the ecosystem.

Todd M. O'HaraAssociate Professor, UAF Department of Biology and Wildlife, Institute of Arctic Biology (Associated Faculty UAF Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Ph.D. The Medical College of Virginia, 1988; DVM University of Wisconsin, 1992. (Wildlife Toxicology)
Professor O'Hara's research interests are focused on environmental and wildlife toxicology of marine mammals, subsistence use foods, and Arctic contaminants.
Brian RasleyAssociate Professor of Chemistry, UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D. Georgetown University, 1998. Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry)
Professor Rasley's research includes work in the areas of Environmental analytical chemistry and inorganic and organometallic synthesis.
Bill SimpsonProfessor of Chemistry, UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D. Stanford University, 1995. (Environmental and Atmospheric Chemistry)
Professor Simpson's research investigates Arctic radical chemistry through field measurements of trace gases and reactive radicals, with a particular focus on how environmental surfaces produce and consume reactive radicals.
Tom TrainorProfessor of Chemistry, UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D. Stanford University, 2001. (Aqueous Geochemistry; Surface Chemistry)
Professor Trainor's research is focused on understanding the chemistry of environmental interfaces in order to improve both conceptual and quantitative models of the fate, transport and geochemical cycling of trace elements.
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