My goal is to run a high quality environmental chemistry research laboratory as well as prepare and mentor my graduate and undergraduate students for successful careers in government, industry, and/or academia.

Our laboratory uses a wide range of analytical instrumentation, including gas chromatographic mass spectrometry, to analyze for both of historic and emerging contaminants in an effort to advance our understand of the fate and transport of anthropogenic chemical in the environmental.  Research includes both field and laboratory methods.  We are currently investigating how persistant organic pollutant, such as polychlorinated biphenyls, pesticides, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers, potential act as anthropogenic stressors in baleen whales.  We are also investigating the bioaccumulation of pseudo-persistent chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products, in fish residing in wastewater effluent dominated steams.

Usenko Research Group