I am a hydrogeologist investigating the physiochemical controls on water flow and solute transport in vadose zones and shallow aquifers. I use numerical models, field tests, and laboratory techniques to quantify water residence times and solute retention. I am particularly interested in the fate of “emerging” anthropogenic contaminants, and the fate of more “traditional” contaminants in under-studied environments. My current projects include investigations into poly- and perfluoroalkyl (PFAS) distributions in soils receiving wastewater treatment plant effluent, and nitrate accumulations in thick Oxisols beneath cropland in Brazil. It is important to me that my research help inform water resource management practices for sustaining water quality and availability.
I am also passionate about teaching undergraduate students. I love helping students along their paths to both subject comprehension and confidence in their learned skills. I have served as a teaching assistant for courses covering a variety of subjects and formats, including online learning and the Penn State summer field camp. I have also advised two Penn State undergraduate students during their senior theses on groundwater recharge and contaminant transport.