I am an environmental geochemist with the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences and am also a faculty member within the MES Program.

I have a broad education in environmental engineering and sciences from three different continents: (i) B.S., Civil Engineering, J.N. Tech. University, Hyderabad, India, (ii) M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and (iii) Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.

I teach freshman- to graduate-level courses that emphazise the environmental aspects of earth's surface environments. The primary focus is on environmental geochemistry and pollutant dynamics in the environment. Several of these courses involve hand-on lab and field activities to give students more feel for various applications of the core environmental sciences. Typically, my students gain several practical skills that help them for rest of their professional careers.

My students, colleagues, and I use analytical and geochemical tools to understand how some of Earth's surface environments work and what the fate of chemicals is in such environments. We have excellent analytical capabilities within our program, including an ICP-MS, a GC-MS, a TOC-analyzer, an ion chromatograph, a water isotope analyzer, and an accelerated microwave digester. We also have access to an HPLC, an LC-MS, and other instrumentation through our research partners. Our student researchers, both graduate and undergraduate, have complete access to the instrumentation and usually help in maintaining the instrumentation. My students present their research at professional conferences and also publish their results in respected peer-reviewed journals. Nearly every one of my undergraduate student researchers has gone on to a graduate program in respected universities (Clemson, LSU, Oregon State, Texas A&M, UPenn, etc.) upon graduating.

Along with Dr. Tim Callahan, I co-direct a summer Study Abroad course to India to study water resource and environmental pollution issues along the entire length of the Ganges River from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. This international course will appeal to a broad spectrum of students across the entire College. Click the link on the left for more information. Be sure to contact us in case of questions about this very important and interesting course.

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College of Charleston
Department of Geology
66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424
College of Charleston
Department of Geology
58 Coming St., Rm 339
Charleston, SC 29401