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UW experts on urban water quality, lead contamination

Some of the researchers who can talk about urban water issues, lead, water infrastructure, public health and statistical methods for testing water.

Catherine Karr
Associate professor, pediatrics and environmental and occupational health sciences
ckarr@uw.edu | 206-616-4355 | Web
Expertise: Environmental health and children. Air pollution, lead, pesticides, asthma.

Gregory Korshin
Professor, environmental engineering
korshin@uw.edu | (206) 543-2394 | Web
Expertise: Corrosion, release of heavy metals (lead, copper) in drinking water and other water contaminants.

Jim Gawel
Associate professor, environmental chemistry and engineering, UW Tacoma
jimgawel@uw.edu | 253-692-5815 | Web
Expertise: Transport of metal contaminents in terrestrial and aquatic systems, environmental chemistry, urban water management issues related to human influences.

Joyce Dinglasan-Panlilio
Associate professor of environmental chemistry, UW Tacoma
jdingpan@uw.edu | 253-693-4823 | Web
Expertise: Sources and fate of emerging organic contaminants, including PFCAs (perfluorinated carboxylic acids), PFCAs, PFOS and related human-made pollutants.

Sally Brown
Research associate professor, environmental and forest sciences
206-616-1299 | slb@uw.edu | Web
Expertise: Contaminated soils, risks, waste (compost municipal wastewater) soil amendments, carbon accounting.

Tania Busch Isaksen
Lecturer, environmental and occupational health sciences
tania@uw.edu | 206-685-4919 | Web
Expertise: Exposure science, policy

Joel Baker
Science director, Center for Urban Waters at UW Tacoma
jebaker@uw.edu | 253-254-4423 | Web
Expertise: Transport of organic contaminants in the environment, oil spills and water contamination, particularly in urban environments. Baker teaches courses in water quality modeling, environmental chemistry and quantitative methods.

Ed Kolodziej
Associate professor, civil and environmental engineering and interdisciplinary arts & sciences (UW Tacoma). Principal investigator at Center for Urban Waters
koloj@uw.edu | 253-692-5659 | Web
Expertise: Water quality and contaminants in natural and engineered systems, particularly in urban environments. Kolodziej’s research group works to characterize and control non-point source pollution, understand attenuation mechanisms in natural systems, and optimize engineered systems for trace contaminant removal.

Daniela Witten
Associate professor, biostatistics and statistics
dwitten@uw.edu | 206-616-7182 or 206-543-1182 | Web
Expertise: The development of statistical machine learning methods for high-dimensional data, with applications to genomics and other fields.

Rebecca Neumann
Assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering
rbneum@uw.edu | 206-221-2298 | Web
Expertise: Arsenic and other metal contamination in groundwater; plants and contamination

Rick Keil
Professor, Oceanography
rickkeil@uw.edu | Web
Expertise: Began the SoundCitizen volunteer water-quality testing effort in 2008 (now housed at the Center for Urban Waters) that can detect spices, caffeine, pollutants and other substances in Puget Sound.

Justin Marlowe
Professor of public finance, civic engagement, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
jmarlowe@uw.edu | 206-221-4161 | Web
Expertise: Financial management, infrastructure finance, public-private partnerships, local and state fiscal policy. A Certified Government Financial Manager, Marlowe pens multi-issue Guide to Financial Literacy for use by public officials.