Anastasia E. M. Chirnside
My research is focused on the bioremediation of recalcitrant compounds in soil and water. My research assesses the bioremediation of two herbicides found in highly contaminated soil from an agrichemical mix-load site utilizing the enzyme system of the white rot fungus (WRF), Phanerochaete chrysosporium and of an isolated microbial consortium; the bioremediation of E. coli found in wastewater and stormwater runoff utilizing the WRF Pleurotus ostreatus; and the bioremediation of food processing wastewater. My research focuses on the development of in situ field techniques that incorporate these bioremediation processes. My research is also focused on water quality and waste management and the interaction of the two. In the water quality research program, I have been concerned with the movement of pesticides and nutrients in agronomic practices. Currently, I am investigating the efficiency of agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP) and stormwater runoff BMP located in a small mixed land use watershed. Specifically, I have assessed the effect of tillage systems, irrigation practices, soil amendments, and cropping systems on ground water quality as well as movement of pesticides and nutrients within the soil. I am directly involved in the analytical laboratory where a variety of sample matrices are analyzed for pesticides, nutrients, metals and bacteria. My expertise related to this discipline is in analytical chemistry, laboratory management, laboratory safety, quality assurance and quality control.
Biography Updated on 16 April 2013