Tucker Lab Research

Kevin’s research focuses on the detection of pharmaceutical and personal care products and other contaminants of emerging concern within local and regional waterways and the surrounding soil systems. These compounds include from drugs including antibiotics and endocrine disruptors, soaps, cosmetics and agricultural products. The environmental effects of many of these compounds and the concentrations at which these effects begin to be observed is currently not well known or regulated. Through environmental investigations and laboratory modeling, our research aims (1) to determine the environmental levels of various compounds and the geographical relationship between those levels, (2) to elucidate the critical concentration level at which biological and ecological effects begin to take effect for various compounds, and (3) to understand the biological effect of the compounds on various model organisms using environmental samples and models. Students in my lab will learn a variety of techniques including solid-phase extraction, mass spectrometry, and environmental sampling.

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