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Research Interests

I am interested in the fate and speciation of trace metals in the environment. I work primarily with Copper, Lead, and Cadmium. The metals are determined using Flame Atomic Absorption and electrochemical techniques. I collaborate with Drs. Dorothy Parker and Robert Wise of the Biology/Microbiology Department, and Dr. Jennifer Mihalick of the Chemistry Department. Current work involves metal association and competition studies with a polysaccharide isolated from a cyanobacterium common to alkaline lakes. Microcystis produces an abundace of this polysaccharide which exhibits unusal affinity for trace metals.


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