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Environmental Sciences Faculty Research Interests


 Current Research Interest

Dr. Sherri A. Mason

  • Renewable Energy Sources. We are currently working with Dunkirk Bio-Electric to determine the methane generation potentials of various local organic (food) waste.
  • Environmental Policy. Student research assistants have been investigating the use of fees to reduce the use of disposable bags in favor of reusable bags.
  • Atmospheric Chemistry. We have recently investigated the kinetics of particular atmospherically relevant chemical reactions resulting from automobile and power plant emissions. We also have experience in small-scale atmospheric modeling.
Dr. Ann Deakin

Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is both a science and a system of tools we use to visualize, manage and analyze spatial phenomena. GIS is much more than a map on a computer; it facilitates decision-making and problem-solving in virtually any context. We have used it to explore issues of local land use change, geoconservation, voting patterns and legislation, crime at the County level, reduction of Native territories, and tracking local environmental efforts, among others.


Dr. Michael Milligan

Aquatic Chemistry. Certain chemicals in the environment, most notably released from Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs), as well as from combustion, tend to remain in the environment for significant periods of time before decomposing. These chemicals are called Persistent Organic Pollutants, or POPs for short. Working in collaboration with two other research groups in NYS, we are determining the levels of these chemicals in Great Lakes fish in order to understand their sources and bioavailability.


Dr. Jon Titus

Invasive Plant Species.  Since trading and world exploration began, humans have moved plants from one location to another. Since these non-native plants do not have their normal biological controls in place, sometimes they can proliferate an area, killing off the native plant species. Their method of killing off native plants is often a type of chemical warfare. We investigate these invasive plant species, their modes of action and methods for their effective removal from an area in favor of native plant species.


Dr. Michael Wilson Water Resources/Hydrology. Our research group acts to evaluate water supplies, assess potential or known hazards, especially as a function of changes in land use, such as development of energy resources, and monitor and calculate contaminant movement. This work entails the use of drill cores, environmental sampling, geophysical sensors, and air photos. Please see the Chautauqua County Water Network to exemplify some of our work.

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