Environmental Pollution, Biogeochemical Cycles, Surface-Atmosphere Exchanges, Atmospheric Chemistry
My research focuses on environmental chemistry and pollution, with a special emphasis on contaminants such as mercury, other trace metals, and persistent organic pollutants (e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). I am also interested in greenhouse gas (CO2 and CH4) dynamics and how human perturbations and climate change affect their terrestrial sinks and sources. My research is based on experimental field research and laboratory studies and combines methods from analytical chemistry, atmospheric chemistry and soil biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, and hydrology.
Prof. Daniel Obrist is the Chair of the Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Previously, he was a Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute and Graduate Faculty Member in Atmospheric Science, Hydrologic Science, and Environmental and Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.
His research aims to understand the fate of persistent pollutants and greenhouse gases in the environment . His research spans atmospheric chemistry, soil chemistry, and surface-atmospheric exchange studies. His studies have been extensively published in scientific journals including in Nature and Nature Geoscience. He was awarded the 2010 Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents “Rising Researcher Award.” and is serving as a Scientific Advisor for Governmental Agencies for large soil and watershed contamination and remediation cases.