Rediscovering Our Toxic Legacy – A Tale of DDT

                     (photo from UCSB)


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The once common practice of dumping industrial wastes at sea has left untold numbers of contaminated sites to be rediscovered. In this talk we will discuss the physical and chemical exploration of one such site off the coast of Southern California where hundreds of barrels of industrial waste have been discovered. What can we learn from this site about our past practices and where do we go from here?


About the Speaker

Karin Lemkau
Karin Lemkau
Assistant Professor, WWU, Chemistry Department & MACS

Karin Lemkau is an assistant professor of Chemistry at Western Washington University and a core faculty member in the university’s Marine and Coastal Science (MACS) program. She teaches courses in oceanography and marine chemistry as well as analytical, instrumental, and organic chemistry. Her research focuses on the impact of humans on the environment through studying the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the coastal marine environment.

Environmental Speaker Series

The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.

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