The Usenko Research Group

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I am an environmental analytical chemist in the Department of Environmental Science at Baylor University.  I received my Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Oregon State University in 2007.  I currently hold the rank of associate professor (2014-present).

My goal is to run a high-quality environmental chemistry research laboratory as well as prepare and mentor my graduate and undergraduate students for successful careers in government, industry, and/or academia.

My group studies the environmental fate, transport, and distribution of organic contaminants in the environment. Our work includes both field and laboratory measurements and utilizes a wide range of analytical techniques. We analyze samples from all over the world including atmospheric particulate matter from Delhi, India and whale earwax from recent whale strandings and from some of the world’s most prestigious natural history museums. It is critical that we understand what and how our activities impacting our health and the world around us.

This is a very exciting time for the group.  The group has made significant advancement in its overall capacity including field and laboratory instrumentation and outreach. We appreciate your interest in our group. Please explore our website and do not hesitate to contact us with questions regarding our research or how to join our group.

Research Interests and Activities

This curiosity-based research group focuses on two main areas of research:

Whale Earwax Research  Atmospheric Chemistry