Atmospheric Particulate Matter
As an environmental biogeochemist, I work at the intersection of the ecological and geological sciences. I combine field, analytical laboratory, and quantitative modeling methods to establish the fluxes, transformations, and fate of elements, compounds, and materials in the environment. These techniques are a powerful means to determine the relative influence of complex drivers of environmental change, quantify ecological impacts of land-use, and determine the mechanisms underpinning ecosystem processes. The three main themes in my research are, 1) the atmosphere as a vector for material transport to aquatic ecosystems, 2) climate change effects in mountain environments, and 3) the cause, mitigation, and effect of water quality impairment. I am driven to conduct research that tests fundamental theories but also has societal relevance and can be translated into management action.
Dr. Janice Brahney is an Associate Professor at Utah State University. She received her doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in Environmental Biogeochemistry. She holds an MSc degree in Earth Science and a BSc degree in Environmental Science, both from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. Her research sits at the nexus of several critical zone disciplines and includes three primary themes, 1) the atmosphere as a vector for material transport to aquatic ecosystems, 2) climate change effects in mountain environments, and 3) the cause, effect, and mitigation of water quality impairment. Dr. Brahney is currently an associate editor for Freshwater Science.
- BS Environmental Science, Concentration in Physical Geography, Minor in Geology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. Thesis: Effects of declining salmon escapement on lake productivity and community structure. Advisor. Richard Routledge
- MS Earth Science, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, Thesis: Climate change effects on catchment hydrology, lake level, and mixing in Kluane Lake, YT. Advisor: John J. Clague
- PhD Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. Dissertation: Impacts of atmospheric emissions on precipitation chemistry and lake ecology. Advisor: Jason Neff