Kelly O Malley
The occurrence of wildfires and their associated chemicals is a growing concern in the Cascadia region. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are one of the chemical classes produced during wildfire events and they can pose a health risk. It is unknown how PAHs move between air and soil during wildfire events, which I am trying to determine if PAHs deposit to soils during a wildfire and if they re-volatilize afterwards to understand potential routes of exposure.
My favorite part about Superfund research is that there are many opportunities to learn about new methodologies and technologies, to collaborate, and to network to enhance the graduate student experience. I am surrounded by people who are more than willing to help me be successful.
I hope to fill in knowledge gaps about chemical movement during wildfire events that could be used for assessing risk.
Science has always been my favorite subject in school, particularly anything that had to do with the environment. Over time that interest developed into understanding more about the contaminants found in the environment that could pose a threat to organisms or people. I love learning and problem solving which has led me to become a scientist with others who share a similar interest.
When I get the chance I enjoy spending time outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking. I like to (or try to) stay active by going to group fitness classes that are offered on campus. To relax, I like to bake, listen to music, watch movies, or spend time with friends and family.