Environmental Geochemistry

Research in the area of environmental geochemistry is primarily being conducted by Professors Chris Gorski, William Burgos, Li Li, and Nathaniel Warner.

Professor Li’s group works on understanding how hydrological processes affect transport and transformation of reactive contaminants in surface and ground water systems. In particular, the Li group explores how natural system characteristics (e.g., land cover, subsurface spatial structure and reactivity) and external forcings (e.g., climate, rainfall, temperature) influence point and non-point sources and contaminant export from land to rivers, and the fate of contaminants during natural attenuation and engineered bioremediation operation. Modeling capabilities are being developed to link fundamental understanding in well-controlled lab experiments to quantifications and predictions in complex natural systems, and to facilitate risk assessment and stewardship of water resources.



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