Research Group: Dr. Donahoe’s Research Group
Research Interests: Include a short paragraph describing your research.
I am interested in heavy metal analysis in soil and water, specifically metal sorption, the fate of contaminants, and remediation methods.
Current Research Projects:
My master’s research focuses on a 75-acre abandoned mine lands site severely impacted by acid mine drainage in Brookwood, Alabama that is slated for reclamation in 2022. Ten surface water and ten sediment samples are collected monthly and quarterly from select locations. Field parameters such as pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and total dissolved solids are measured each sampling trip and potentiometric titrations are performed to determine total acidity and alkalinity. Metals will be analyzed with Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emissions Spectroscopy, mineralogy will be identified with the X-ray Diffractometer, and overall chemistry evaluated with X-Ray Fluorescence.
Education: Undergraduate: BS Geology, GISc Certificate, University of Mary Washington, 2018
Courses taught: Format: GEO 101, GEO 445/555 GEO 105