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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

  • Regards from WHOI

    The Knob, Woods Hole, MA As another member of Haverford College’s HKW Lab, I’d like to share with you a little about my summer at WHOI. Ju... Read More

    Posted on July 19 2014
  • Postcards from Narragansett, RI

    That’s right, I’m in Little Rhody this summer! The Ocean State, complete with gorgeous coastline, gargantuan vacation homes, and tourists... Read More

    Posted on July 10 2014
  • Dispersant in the deep and on the beach

    Our lab recently published a paper in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. We found that DOSS, a component of the dispersant applied in the... Read More

    Posted on July 10 2014
  • Greetings from Vacationland

                When I began an REU at Bigelow Ocean Labs in East Boothbay, Maine, I felt ambivalent. The pros? I was working with Christoph Ae... Read More

    Posted on July 9 2014
  • Some Long-winded Musings on Gulf Trip 2014 (but also pics!)

    Earlier this month, a girl power contingent of the Helen White Lab (Helen, Alana, and I) embarked on the lab’s annual sampling trip to the Gulf of M... Read More

    Posted on June 28 2014