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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 persistence of oil and other organic contaminants in the marine environment. My work seeks to examine how the chemical structure, physical associations, and bioavailability of specific compounds determine their cycling and eventual fate. I am particularly interested in the long-term fate of organic contaminants in both coastal and offshore environments, and how the presence of these compounds affects ecosystem services and human health.

Helen K White Lab Blog

  • #distractinglysexy

    As a last hurrah, now that graduation is long since over and done, a final blog post featuring… Throwback sampling trip, summer 2013: the White... Read More

    Posted on June 13 2015
  • #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