Environmental contamination can be difficult to detect, but its effects are dramatic, from toxic algae blooms to fish kills to poisoned water supplies. Our faculty are doing the detective work needed to prevent disaster.
Our research spans from the molecular scale to entire ecosystems to explore the life cycles and effects of contaminants. In labs on FIU’s campuses, we replicate environmental processes with mercury, arsenic, uranium and other toxins. In the field, we are monitoring the chemistry of Biscayne Bay and the canals that flow into it; monitoring the flow of water through the sawgrass of the Everglades and the limestone aquifer below; and sampling plastic pollution around the world’s oceans with the help of volunteer yacht crews. Our work provides valuable records of environmental health and the knowledge needed to prevent and clean up contamination.