Environmental Engineering | Water Sustainability | Public Health
Organic Micropollutants in New York Surface Waters and Groundwater
2017 - present
In collaboration with Prof. Sharon Moran at SUNY-ESF, the Upstate Freshwater Institute, and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations, we completed an exploratory study to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a citizen-based framework for monitoring organic micropollutants in New York inland lakes (see Shiru's article on this work). We also characterized the occurrence patterns and sources of organic micropollutants in the Onondaga Lake-Three Rivers system in central NY.
In collaboration with Prof. Christa Kelleher (Earth Sciences) and Prof. Rebecca Schewe (Maxwell) at SU, we are investigating how hydrological processes drive the occurrence and transport of organic micropollutants in streams.
In collaboration with USGS scientists Patrick Phillips and Irene Fisher at the New York Water Science Center, we are characterizing the formation pathways of transformation products of septic-derived organic micropollutants in shallow groundwater and hydrologically connected water supplies on Long Island, NY.
N-Nitrosamines and Their Precursors in Wastewater and Drinking Water
2016 - present
We are collaborating with multiple water utilities and USGS to characterize the sources and fate of wastewater-derived N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosamine precursors during wastewater treatment and reuse.
In collaboration with Prof. Mark Krzmarzick at Oklahoma State University, we are studying the impacts of trace metals on the production of disinfection byproduct precursors by bacterial biofilms in drinking water distribution systems.
Photochemical Reactivity of Organic Matter in Acid-Impacted Lakes
2018 - present
In collaboration with Prof. Charley Driscoll at SU, we are studying the photoreactivity of organic matter in Adirondacks lakes and watersheds that are recovering from acid deposition and experiencing effects of changing climate. Check out Joseph's first article.
Substance Use Assessment by Wastewater Surveillance
2020 - present
Our group is part of the SARS2 Early Warning Wastewater Surveillance Platform (SARS2-EWSP) team led by SU, SUNY-ESF and SUNY-Upstate. We are analyzing municipal wastewater to characterize substance consumption patterns and their relations to sociodemographics and COVID-19 prevalence in sewersheds.