Pollution Ecology Laboratory


Research Focuses

         Development of phytoremediation technology for selenium-contaminated environments

         Bioaccumulation and transformation of environmentally important trace elements in contaminated ecosystems

         Transport and fate of pollutants in air-water-soil-plant systems


Graduate Students:


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Yangyu Zhu

Yangyu is a MS graduate student in the Environmental Science Program, with an emphasis in Environmental Biology. He is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Competitive Graduate Award from SIUE. He received his BS in Forest Resources Conservation and Recreation from Beijing Forestry University. His thesis research focuses on plant-microbial Se volatilization.








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Samantha Thirumala Kumara

Samantha is a MS graduate student in Environmental Science Program with emphasis in Environmental Toxicology. She obtained a BS degree in Biotechnology from Shanmugha Academy in India. She is a RGGS award winner at SIUE, and her thesis research deals with effects of plant and microbial interaction on Se volatilization.










Undergraduate Students:



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Sam Haddad

Sam is a URCA undergraduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research focuses on the development of Se-biofortified edible mushrooms.