I received my undergraduate degrees in Biology and Religious Studies from the University of Mississippi. I am interested in studying the biogeochemical cycling within aquatic ecosystems such as wetlands, estuaries, or coastal systems. Specifically, my interests are related to the internal and external drivers that control nutrient cycling and the effects anthropogenic activities have had on these drivers. My upcoming project will employ the use of biomarker-based proxies (including amino acids and stable isotopes for carbon and nitrogen) to identify the drivers of organic matter and phosphorus turnover in South Florida Storm Water Treatment Areas.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Geology, majoring in Lake Geochemistry, from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. According to this background, I am fascinated in tracing series of changes in environmental properties that affected its inhabitants, from prehistoric date up to the present, as well as detecting what humankind has adulterated the pristine environment. My upcoming research includes the application of aquatic biomarkers in tracing biogeochemical changes in Mekong River Delta, Southeast Asia. My aspiration is to distinguish the anomalous anthropogenic forces from natural drivers, such as climatic variability, since both have been threatening this region for decades.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from the University of Florida. I am interested in studying the health of aquatic ecosystems through the use of chemical biomarkers. My graduate research will be focused on fecal contamination in the St. Augustine area, looking at sterols as a biomarker.
Undergraduate Lab Assistants
Dr. David Atherton
Dr. David Atherton received his PhD in analytical chemistry from UF in 1984. His dissertation area of study, electrochemistry, led to his 35 year career in rechargeable battery R&D. He also has experience in instrumental analysis with GC, GC-MS, LC, LC-MS and sample biochemical preparation methods. As of 2020, he is a senior lab technician in Bianchi lab.
Recent Former Lab Members