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. I am interested in the behavior of these contaminants in terrestrial environments and watersheds as well as in their atmospheric chemistry and transport. I am also interested in greenhouse gas (CO2 and CH4) dynamics and how human perturbations and climate change affect 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. He teaches focuses on Environmental Science, Biogeochemistry, and Environmental Pollution and Chemistry. 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, Nature Geoscience, and PNAS.