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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

  • #ACSDenver

    While Shelby and I are no longer in Denver now, we both had a lot of fun at our first American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition! We bo... Read More

    Posted on March 30 2015
  • Unpacking GoMRI 2015

    Looking out from the patio of the Westin Galleria A few weeks ago, Helen, Rachel, Alana and I journeyed to Houston, TX to attend the 2015 Gulf of Mexi... Read More

    Posted on March 11 2015
  • Many Thanks to the Minions

    As probably none of you know, I inherited Jen’s thesis dealing with oil biodegradation by fungi. With the expert help of post-doc Rachel, we gro... Read More

    Posted on December 8 2014
  • Cruising Coast to Coast

    I’m back at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography for the final Friday of August before my senior year at Haverford off... Read More

    Posted on August 29 2014
  • 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