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.