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Tracing coal ash through aquatic food webs: enrichment, bioaccumulation, and toxicity

Jessica Brandt
Friday, November 10, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Jessica Brandt, PhD Candidate, Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health
Duke University Program in Environmental Health (UPEH) Fall Seminar Series

Jessica Brandt is a 5th year PhD student in Drs. Richard Di Giulio and Emily Bernhardt's labs.

Jessica's dissertation research focuses on the biogeochemical cycling and impacts of coal ash waste streams in freshwater lakes and selenium toxicity in the context of fish bioenergetic processes. In her work, she considers ecological influences on element distribution between abiotic and biotic environmental compartments, the use of strontium isotopes and element ratios to trace coal combustion residuals (CCRs) through aquatic food webs, and how to pair field assessments with lab-based experiments for effective study of environmentally relevant problems. Her training bridges the fields of environmental toxicology, ecology, public health, and science policy.

Prior to Duke, Jessica obtained undergraduate and master's degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and spent a year abroad on a Fulbright research grant to Italy.

Contact: Sarah Phillips