Environmental Science Program
Prof. David E. Henderson - Director
(Spring 2007, Spring 2002-2004)
My Environmental Research
- Ultra-trace analysis of organic
pollutants - This project uses GC-MS and HPLC-MS coupled with solid phase
extraction to detect the antimicrobial triclosan and also various
pharmaceutical products in surface and ground water. In addition to
providing information on the prevalence of these pollutants, these methods
can be used to detect the presence of sewage water in natural water sources.
Much of this study has focused on the Honey Pot Brook in Cheshire. This
stream has not legal inputs of sewage but shows the presence of both high
nitrate and triclosan levels. the results of preliminary work on this
project were presented at the 2009 NERM conference.
See the poster.
- Speciation of toxic metals - Hg and
Al - The speciation of Al in streams in Vt was recently published in
Chemistry and Ecology as part of our study of the impact of acid snow and
machine made snow. I am currently working on Hg analysis in seafood and hope
to expand our total Hg analysis to include speciation of the forms of Hg
present. The total Hg work was recently presented at 2009 NERM.
See the Power Point presentation.
- Diverse Interdisciplinary Program
- Urban Focus - Chance to work on real
- Located in the State Capital - Access to Government
Agencies and Legislature - Trinity's location makes possible easy access to the
state government and government agencies. The Department of Environmental
Protection, Department of Health, and Hartford city agencies are all close to
- The Park River - Flowing within about a mile of the campus, this
provides a resource for study of the impact of urban areas on water quality.
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