Contaminants enter the environment through both natural and anthropogenic processes. To develop a predictive understanding of their transport, transformation, and fate, we integrate our expertise of physical, chemical and biological studies. Pollutants of concern include toxic metals or metalloids, xenobiotic organic compounds and pathogenic microorganisms.

Our faculty are experts in:

  • biodegradation
  • chemical speciation in the environment 
  • contaminant transport 
  • emerging organic contaminants

Click on the profiles to learn more about who we are and we research in pollution dynamics.

Luisa Ikner

UA Profile

WEST Center


  • Pollution Science (ENVS 305)
  • Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (ENVS 426/526)

My Research Interests:

  • Antimicrobial effectiveness
  • Best practices for effective research partnerships
  • Emerging bacterial and viral pathogens (BSL-2, BSL-3)
  • Microbial decay/removal in natural and human-made systems
  • Method development/optimization
  • Pandemic preparedness
  • Pathogen detection in water
  • Wastewater treatment and advanced water purification


  • PhD in Soil, Water and Environmental Science from the University of Arizona



Leif Abrell

Associate Research Professor

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC)

Jon Chorover

Jon Chorover

Interim Associate Vice President (ALVSCE)

Interim Associate Dean for Research (CALES)


Arizona Lab for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC)

Joan Curry

Joan Curry

Interim Department Head


Cardon Academy of Teaching Excellence Fellow

  • I focus on emerging organic contaminants in our work on pollution dynamics.
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Dr. Katerina Dontsova

Katerina Dontsova

Associate Professor

Associate Research Professor, Biosphere 2

Headshot of Raina Maier, Environmental Science professor at university of arizona

Raina M. Maier


Director, UA Superfund Research Program

Ian Pepper

Ian L. Pepper

Regents Professor

Director, Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center

Channah Rock


Extension Specialist

Jim Brennan Endowed Chair in Extension Fresh Produce Safety

Robert Root

Robert Root

Associate Research Professor

Chorover Lab

  • I focus on chemical speciation in the environment and contaminant transport in our work on pollution dynamics.