Marine biology; aquatic toxicology; fate, transport, and effects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in marine environments.
Dissertation Title & Abstract
Assessing Ecological Risks of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Central and Southern California Aquatic Environments using Modeling
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are compounds found in the environment due to their release from various sources such as wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Continued monitoring of their environmental loads and ecotoxicity risks is warranted, especially for novel compounds for which there is little to no environmental or ecotoxicity data available. This was done in this dissertation using a predictive fate and transport modeling tool, ChemFate, in combination with the analytical results from freshwater samples collected downstream from Southern and Central California WWTPs in order to contribute data on the environmental concentrations, factors driving PFAS and PPCP loads to WWTPs, and assess ecological risks to exposed aquatic organisms.
MS, Biology California State University, Long Beach
BS, Biomedical Sciences, Université de Montréal