Jon Chorover
Department Head and Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
Director, Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants
(520) 621-1646

Our research group focuses on biogeochemical processes occurring in soil, sediment and water. Of particular interest are components and processes that influence the form and mobility of metals and organic compounds in the earth’s near-surface environment. We combine field studies and laboratory experiments with the tools of analytical chemistry to investigate how interactions between biotic and abiotic components of biogeochemical systems (plants, microbes, solutions, gases, mineral particles, natural organic matter, pollutants) affect processes essential to environmental health, such as carbon sequestration, contaminant attenuation, and soil formation.

Research Themes: 
Arid lands
Climate variability
Geological processes
Risk management
Water quality
Public Health
Soil contaminants
Sustainable mining
Water contaminants
Biogeochemical processes
Public Health
Water reuse
Watershed hydrology

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