PhD Research - Violaine Desgens - Martin

MS Biology California State University, Long Beach; BS, Biomedical Sciences, Université de Montréal

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products are ubiquitously used in most communities and an important source of anthropogenic pollution. Little is known about the potential impacts of PPCPs discharged in the marine environment and the organisms that inhabit it. Violaine’s research interests include quantifying PPCPs in wastewater treatment plants and marine organisms found in receiving water bodies. She hopes that this research will help scientists better evaluate the toxicity of PPCPs in marine ecosystems and inform regulators on whether there is a need to control PPCP emissions. Prior to Bren, Violaine researched the impacts of organic pollutants on California sea lions.

Year Admitted: 2016
Research Areas:
Marine biology; aquatic toxicology; fate, transport and effects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in marine environments.
Faculty Advisor: Arturo Keller
Office: Bren Hall 3017