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'Water, Water, Everywhere; But Is It Safe to Use?'

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences kicks off its Fall seminar series at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Room 206, O’Neil Hall.

Visiting speaker Jeremy Conkle, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Texas A&M, will present with “Water, Water, Everywhere; But Is It Safe to Use?” The seminar draws attention to the contamination issues of natural waterways around the United States and the wider impact of human water consumption habits, with special attention given to the issues of microplastics.

Conkle is an assistant professor of chemistry in Texas A&M’s Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences whose interests include fate, transport and health (ecosystem and human) impacts of pollutants, particularly emerging contaminants and marine plastics in coastal and marine environments.

Conkle is also working in collaboration on a NOAA-funded grant in the study of marine microplastic waste with SLU hydrologist Dr. Elizabeth Hasenmueller, Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.