Educator and researcher
As a professor at Pratt Institute, I have the opportunity to explore the multidisciplinary connections between science and "real life" with future leaders in the fields of liberal arts, architecture, city and regional planning, the arts, and design. Courses I have developed include Science of Sustainability, a graduate-level course required for the Sustainable Environmental Systems degree program; Science and Society, an undergraduate course required for the program in Critical Visual Studies; and Ecology for Architects, which is required of all second year students in Pratt's Undergraduate Architecture program. These courses invite students to explore scientific thinking and the various contexts in which science and scientific practices help to define the major issues of our 21st century existence.
As Coordinator of General Education in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I work to maintain and support a rigorous yet flexible liberal arts foundation for all Pratt students.
As a researcher, I am an environmental geochemist with a background in environmental engineering and geology. I earned my PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and held post-doctoral research positions at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and at Rensselaer prior to joining Pratt's faculty in 2006. My particular research focus as an environmental chemist has been on the origin, transport, behavior, and fate of chemical contaminants in the greater New York City urban environment and the lakes and rivers of the Hudson Basin. I advise students with their capstone and thesis research in the Pratt's Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, and have supervised or co-supervised recent work on the themes of light pollution, air pollution, community/occupational exposure to industrial chemicals, and environmental justice.