B.S. Environmental Chemistry, University of Montana, 2010
M.S. Candidate, Geosciences, University of Montana
Adviser: Dr. Nancy Hinman
My research tackles the geochemistry and remediation of a shooting range with extreme acidity. Most research at shooting ranges focuses on the fate and toxicity of lead. These studies do not account for secondary contamination from trap targets. In 1998, White Flyer released BIO targets that biodegrade. Now, BIO targets are distributed internationally and are found at a variety of sporting goods stores. My preliminary research found that elemental sulfur from BIO targets, oxidize and release acid. In areas with a high density of targets, soil pH can measure as low as 2, which can cause plants to die and lead to leach from shot pellets into the soil. My thesis research will explore strategies to remediate soils contaminated with acid-producing elemental sulfur.
Field of Study
Environmental geochemistry, remediation
McTee, M. R., Gibbons, S. M., Feris, K., Gordon, N. S., Gannon, J. E. and Ramsey, P. W. (2013), Heavy metal tolerance genes alter cellular thermodynamics in Pseudomonas putida and river Pseudomonas spp. and influence amebal predation. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 347: 97–106.
Project Manager, MPG Ranch, Florence, MT. 2010–present.
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Applied and Environmental Microbiology Lab (Dr. Gannon), University of Montana. 2008-2010.