Leif Abrell
Associate Research Scientist, Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants
Manager of Organic Analyses, Soil, Water & Environmental Science
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
(520) 488-7475
PhD, Organic Chemistry

Leif (PhD, Organic Chemistry, 1997) has measured and detected biogenic organic compounds, like semiochemicals and secondary metabolites, in trace amounts from animals and plants using mass spectrometry and other organic spectroscopies for twenty years. He has studied how these chemicals interact in ecosystems like the North American Sonoran Desert, Biosphere 2, the Amazonian tropical forest, and in plant-insect relationships. He has also investigated chemical interactions amongst marine microorganism assemblies, mammalian ligand receptors, and in the interstellar media. Most recently he is developing methods for analysis of trace, organic contaminants in complex environmental matrices like breastmilk and treated wastewater.

Research Themes: 
Arid lands
Atmospheric sciences
Climate change
Water quality
Animal behavior
Animal studies
Biogeochemical processes
Carbon cycling
Critical plant studies
Ecological behavior
Species Interactions
Public Health
Soil contaminants
Water contaminants
Urban Environment
Water resource management
Water reuse
Water treatment
Water-energy nexus
Watershed management

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