email: hwhite@haverford.edu
Phone: (610) 795-6402
Office: KINSC E303

Research

My doctoral work at WHOI was advised by Dr. Timothy Eglinton and Dr. Christopher Reddy and examined the distribution, chemical associations and overall fate of marine, terrestrial and anthropogenic organic matter in marine sediments. At Harvard University, with Dr. Peter Girguis in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and in collaboration with Clare Reimers at Oregon State University, I investigated how energy can be harnessed from the microbial metabolism of carbon in the ocean via microbial fuel cells placed in ocean sediments, hydrothermal vents and surface water plankton blooms.

At Haverford, our group utilizes geochemical and microbiological approaches to examine the cycling of natural and anthropogenic carbon compounds in the environment. Most recently we have been investigating the fate of petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.