I am broadly interested in understanding how organic (carbon-containing) chemicals behave and transform in the environment. The motivation for this research is to evaluate risks of human or ecosystem exposure to organic pollutants and to understand the function of naturally-produced organic compounds in a world that is changing due to human activity.
Download my CV: DHF_WHOI_CV_Aug2023.
- Read my new paper with Drs. Sydney Niles, Ryan Rodgers, Deborah French-McCay, Krista Longnecker, Chris Reddy, and Collin Ward here! In this study, we explored how sunlight has different effects on oil properties and behavior at low and high temperatures.
- My work with Dr. Collin Ward on the production of water-soluble species from oil by sunlight was published in Feb. 2022! Read the blog post here.
- Accurately translating rates of sunlight-driven transformations of oil in lab to real-world conditions requires information about the wavelength-dependence (type of light—is it UV? Visible?) of these reactions. Our lab group has worked to develop new, LED-based tools to get this information! See the paper published here and the plain-language description in EOS here.
- My research resulted in an honors thesis published at Bowdoin College in 2017