Research & Training
Technological advances in instrumentation and analytical approaches have significantly augmented the capacity of chemists and environmental scientists to quantify ultra-trace amounts of organic and inorganic substances with enormous precision, and characterize these substances on the molecular level. In addition, advanced fingerprinting using molecular biology methodologies such as gene expression, have significantly enhanced the conditions needed to sense environmental stress on aquatic organisms with high sensitivity and specificity. The combination of both approaches now allows scientists to conduct research to address complex challenges of environmental contamination and risk assessment.
The CREST CAChE team will not only enhance existing pollutant sensing methodologies, but also apply them to field studies across land-use boundaries (Subproject 2), and interface analytical data-intensive methodologies with advanced computational modeling and visualization, designed for the development of transformative and scalable methods for data mining and management (Subproject 3). As such, the research conducted by this Subproject will facilitate collaboration with the other two Subprojects and support researchers at the proposed CREST Center to better detect and understand the sources, transport, transformation and ecosystem responses to contaminants, pollutants and other natural stressors in the aquatic systems of south Florida.
Using advanced analytical and molecular biology methodologies, researchers will be able to:
- Develop sensing technologies to determine known traditional or emergent pollutants at environmentally relevant concentrations
- Explore the relations between chemical stressors and biological responses through advanced molecular biology approaches 3. Generate products through collaboration efforts with the other Subprojects to communicate more effectively with decision and policymakers.