I received my PhD in environmental analytical chemistry from the University of Bremen (Germany) in 1996 and my MSc in analytical chemistry from the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in 1992.
Prior to joining Laurier in 2021, I was a Professor in the School of the Environment and the Department of Chemistry at Trent University (2002-2021). Before that, I was a Research Scientist at Frontier Geosciences in Seattle, WA, USA (1997-2002).
My research program focuses on the behavior and fate of the trace element selenium in freshwater ecosystems and associated industrial operations. We pursue three main areas of research:
development of analytical methods for the determination of selenium and its individual chemical compounds (“species”) in water, air, soils/sediments and biota (“speciation analysis”) studying the chemical transformations and fate of selenium and its species in impacted aquatic ecosystems, including their interactions with organisms (ecotoxicology) design, optimization and troubleshooting of industrial treatment systems for selenium removal from process streams. Our research is conducted in collaboration with, and supported by, many government and industrial partners.