Group Members

Primary Investigator

P. Lee Ferguson

P. Lee Ferguson

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Environmental analytical chemistry and applications of high resolution mass spectrometry to trace organic contaminant analysis, environmental fate and effects of carbon nanomaterials in the aquatic environment, proteomics in environmental toxicology, and mechanisms of...

Research Scientist

Patrick  Faught

Patrick Faught

Research Associate

Patrick joined the lab in the Summer of 2019 as the Duke Superfund ACC intern. Following his internship, he joined the lab full time as a Research Associate to assist in the ongoing PFAST Network project as well as other lab projects related to the Superfund Center and PFAS in the environment...

Abigail  Joyce, Ph.D.

Abigail Joyce, Ph.D.

ACC Superfund Center Research Scientist

PhD Students

Anna  Lewis

Anna Lewis

Doctoral Candidate - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Anna is interested in the use of non-target LC-HRMS for characterization polymer additives, specifically disperse azobenzene dyes, in microplastic fibers. Her research focuses on desorption of disperse azobenzene dyes from the fibers and biological uptake in oysters.

Jake C. Ulrich

Jake C. Ulrich

Doctoral Candidate - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jake joined the lab as a graduate student in 2017. His work primarily focuses on applying high-performance mass spectrometry tools to better understand environmental contamination. He works on developing methods to better detect and quantify glyphosate, as well as, understanding the...

Past Members

Visiting Scholars

Christopher P Higgins

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmenal Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Bernadette Vogler

Topic: "Development of 2D-UHPLC separations coupled to high resolution MS for analysis of target and non-target emerging contaminants"

Research Scientist

Gordon Getzinger


Ellen Cooper

Postdoctoral Associates

Christopher Kassotis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Research Topic: The potential for metabolic disruption by polyethoxylated surfactants commonly found in indoor house dust and wastewaters, the connection between the adipogenic activity of indoor house dust and the metabolic health of residents, the utility and robustness of in vitro models for predicting in vivo effects, utilizing new molecular tools to simplify and identify causative chemicals present in complex mixtures, and the potential health risks associated with exposure to unconventional oil and gas operations utilizing hydraulic fracturing.

Erin Kollitz

Manuel D Montaño

Research Topic: The release of polymer additives from nanocomposites embedded with carbon nanotubes

Kimberly J Ralston-Hooper

Topic: "The use of molecular approaches to evaluate endocrine disrupting effects in small fish species"

Ariette Schierz

Topic: "Near infrared spectroscopy for analysis of single-walled carbon nanotubes in the aquatic environment"

Carin Huset

Topic: "Identification of toxic components in aircraft deicing and anti-icing fluids"

PhD Students

Kirsten Overdahl

PhD October 2021

Topic: "Characterizing Exposures and In Vitro Effects of Azobenzene Disperse Dyes in the Indoor Environment"

Imari Walker Karega

PhD November 2021

Topic: "Release, Transformation, and Effects of Polymer-Associated Chemicals in the Aquatic Environment"

Jessica C Clark

Ph.D., Dec 2008, University of South Carolina

Topic: "Mechanistic Studies of Xenoestrogen-Mediated Modulation of the Estrogen Receptor Transcriptional Complex"

Noelle J DeStefano

Ph.D. November 2018, Duke University

Research Topic: Fate of polar organic compounds and nonionic surfactants associated with energy exploration and transport activities in marine environments.

Gordon J Getzinger

Ph.D. May 2016, Duke

Research Topic: Identifying the structure and fate of new and emerging organic contaminants by high-resolution mass spectrometry

Keira Liu

Ph.D. May 2018, Duke University - Chemistry

Research Topic: Analysis and fate of carbon nanotubes in the aquatic environment

Ashley N Parks

Ph.D. May 2013, Duke

Topic: "Contaminant Interactions and Biological Effects of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes in a Benthic Estuarine System"

Sarah J Choyke

Ph.D. July 2018, Duke University

Research Topic: Characterization of transformation and fate of oil spill dispersants associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Yiling Cui

Ph.D. Dec 2010, University of South Carolina

Topic: "The Influence of Changes in the Molecular Structure of N-Acylhomoserine Lactones on the Complexation and DNA-binding of LuxR Protein"

Lauren De Carbonnel

Masters Students

Janie Cooper

M.S. May 2017, Duke

Lauren K Shaw

M.S. Aug 2008, University of South Carolina

Topic: "Activity-Directed Analytical Tools Based on Hormone Receptor- Affinity Extraction for Isolating Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals From Complex Mixtures"

Katherine A Stencel

Graduate Student, Nicholas School of the Environment

Research Topic: Identifying estrogenic contaminants in water and wastewater using estrogen receptor-affinity extraction coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry

Benjamin A Englehart

M.S. Aug 2008, University of South Carolina

Topic: "Activity-Directed Analytical Tools Based on Hormone Receptor- Affinity Extraction for Isolating Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals From Complex Mixtures"

Boyd J Pritchard

M.S. Aug 2007, University of South Carolina

Topic: "Detection and Quantification of Natural and Synthetic Estrogens in Wastewater Using Solid Phase Extraction and UPLC-MS/MS"

Amanda DeMarco

M.S. May 2006, University of South Carolina

Topics: "Fate of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Estuarine Environments"