Alkylated PAHs are derivates of the widely studied parent molecules and are abundant constituents of many petroleum products. While less is known about alkylated PAHs than their parent molecules we do know that they play an important role in the toxicity of PAH mixtures from legacy contaminated sites. Our research seeks to improve our understanding of the occurrence and toxicity of alkylated PAHs in field-collected mixtures.
I love working at the intersection of the theoretical and the practical. Superfund research allows us to push the boundaries of our understanding of complex systems while generating knowledge with real-world impacts to inform exposure assessments, hazard characterization and site remediation.
I have come to believe that what we don't know is in many ways far more vast than what we do know. PAHs have been studied for decades yet so many unanswered questions remain. I hope that our research can shed light on some of the understudied and poorly understood aspects of complex PAH mixtures in order to advance our methodologies to better characterize and remediate contaminated sites.
I have always had a curious nature and a profound fascination with the natural world. Science has provided an opportunity and a framework to learn about the world around me with direct implications for improving human and environmental health.
I love hobbies that bring me outside to enjoy the wonderful scenery Oregon has to offer! Whether riding motorcycles through the Redwoods or diving for crabs in Newport many of my best memories in Oregon have been playing in the diverse scenery of this beautiful state.