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My research interests are centered in the field of biogeochemistry, a multidisciplinary approach focused on understanding the chemical composition of the Earth’s biosphere. Within this broad area, my research examines the sources, sinks and cycling of organic matter. More specifically, I am interested in the persistence of human‐derived compounds in the marine environment (e.g. petroleum) and the cycling of recalcitrant organic compounds between the atmosphere, terrestrial and marine biospheres. My work seeks to examine how the chemical structure, physical associations and bioavailability of specific organic compounds determines their cycling and eventual fate.

Helen K White Lab Blog

  • Special Superlab Edition

    As some of you may know (if you follow the twitter page), the second quarter of Chemistry 302 (fondly dubbed Superlab) this semester is being taught b... Read More

    Posted on April 6 2014
  • Roadside Musings

    Allow me an indulgence while I spin a tale of science, mystery, and intrigue. A tale of people searching for answers and finding themselves.   Ou... Read More

    Posted on February 9 2014
  • Tri-Co Environmental Studies Student Conference

    Today was the first of what we hope to be annual Tri-Co Environmental Studies Student Conference. I enjoyed excellent oral and poster presentations ab... Read More

    Posted on February 8 2014
  • GoMRI: Where Vienna meets Alabama

    Greetings from Mobile Alabama, site of the recently concluded Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Annual Conference (GoMRI), a multi-disciplinary sympo... Read More

    Posted on January 30 2014
  • Gulf of Mexico conference: pre-conference fieldwork

    How does the White lab do conferences, you ask? Hardcore! Helen finds an oil-soaked sand patty in Perdido, FL… at night. Upon arrival in Mobile,... Read More

    Posted on January 27 2014