Environmental chemistry examines chemical transformations in the environment with a focus on basic chemical processes and mechanisms. This includes the fields of: Atmospheric Chemistry, Water Chemistry, Aqueous Geochemistry, Soil Chemistry, Environmental Interface Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Contaminants, Biogeochemistry, Environmental Toxicology, and Green Chemistry. In this Alaska Environmental Chemistry Symposium, graduate and undergraduate students will present recent findings. The meeting is an opportunity for faculty and students to learn more about the field and research and long-term employment opportunities.

2019 Environmental Chemistry Symposium

We held the 5th annual Environmental Chemistry Symposium on Saturday, April 20th, 2019.

  • The best graduate talk award went to Kristin Gagne with tight competition from Niki Jacobs, Ragen Davey, and Channing Bolt.
  • The most inquisitive question award went to Marcus Cogley, with many others also in the running.
  • The best undergraduate talk was given to Tate Miles with kudos to Marcos Toniolo and James Campbell for their excellent research presentations.

2019 EChem Symposium Group Photo

The program and book of abstracts is available from this link. A special thanks to our career panelists for excellent insights into careers in Environmental Chemistry.

EChem 2019 Career Panel


We held the 4th annual Environmental Chemistry Symposium on Saturday, 7 April 2018. We had many great presentations it was challenging to decide on the awards.

  • Best Graduate Student Talk: Taylor Gofstein (runners up: Will Swanson, Kristin Gagne, and Kyle Milke)
  • Most Inquisitive Questions: Kristin Gagne (runners up: Will Swanson and Marcus Cogley)
  • Best Undergraduate Poster: Kianna Mitchell (runners up: Kiersten Johnson and David Warner)

The event program and abstracts are available from this link. See you next year at the symposium!

2018 EChem Symposium Participants

We held the 3rd annual Environmental Chemistry Symposium on Friday, 21 April 2017 at the University of Alaska Museum of the North Auditorium. Our keynote speaker was Professor Joel Thornton, University of Washington, who presented "What happens to air pollution in the cold and dark?". We had many great presentations and chose the following awards:

  • Best Graduate Student Talk: Bridget Eckhardt
  • Most Inquisitive Questions (tie): Jen Chambers and Kristin Gagne
  • Best Undergraduate Poster: Jacob Sterle

The event program and abstracts are available from this link. See you next year at the symposium!

We had a great symposium this year. The program and abstracts are available from this link. The awards went to:

  • Best Graduate Student Talk: Tiffany Gatesman
  • Best Undergraduate Talk: Kyle Milke
  • Best Questions: Niki Jacobs

We also thank the career panelists:

  • Jen Wieland -- GeoTemps Career Placement Service
  • Kristen Freiburger -- Shannon and Wilson, Inc. Environmental Consultants
  • Robert Burgess -- Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • William Simpson -- University of Alaska Fairbanks

Congratulations to all presenters and thanks to the organizing committee. See you next year!

2016 EChem Symposium Participants

Participants in the 2016 Environmental Chemistry Symposium enjoying the fine springtime weather. Thanks to Ryan for taking the photo.

The 2015 symposium was a great success; congratulations to the participants and faculty mentors. You can download the book of abstracts and symposium schedule!


  • Amanda Barker -- Best Graduate Oral Presentation
  • Kyle Milke -- Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation

It was difficult to make these choices because there were so many excellent presentations, so congratulations to all. We look forward to next year's symposium!

2015 EChem Symposium Participants

A photo of some of the participants from the symposium outside the conference venue (UA Museum of the North). Thanks to Matt for taking the photo and Jenn for the camera.