Advisory Board and Editors Aquatic & Marine Chemistry

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Saifuddin Nomanbhay

In the last 18 years at UNITEN, he has been actively involved in the research the field of microwave assisted reactions, biocatalyst immobilization and biodiesel/bioethanol production. He is currently the principal researcher at the Centre for Renewable Energy Research (CRE) of UNITEN. His research now is more focused on renewable resources and enabling technologies. He has a substantial volume of refereed research publications (more than 70 journal papers and 13 conference papers), and a book.

Graciela Piñeiro

Professor at Departamento de Evolución de Cuencas, Facultad de Ciencias, Montevideo, Uruguay. Investigator Level 1, Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación (ANII). Investigator Gº 3 of the Programa de Desarrollo de las Ciencias Básicas in Biological and in Geological Fields. Responsible for several research projects on Late Paleozoic communities, including comparative anatomy, systematics, paleobiology, taphonomy, biostratigraphy, paleobiogeography and paleoenvironments.

Alexandre Poulain

Alexandre Poulain received his PhD in Biology from Université de Montréal (Canada), his MSc in aquatic toxicology and biogeochemistry from the INRS-Eau, Terre et Environnement from Quebec City (Canada) and his BSc in Environmental Sciences from Université d’Angers (France). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) where he learned about geobiology. His research investigates with how microbes control the mobility and toxicity of toxic metal(old)s in temperate and arctic environments.

Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo

Senior Researcher at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) from 2010. His research interest is on aquatic biogeochemistry, focusing on studying how global change alters ecosystems functioning at different scales. Particularly he is interested on quantifying biogeochemical processes that transform C, N and P, mainly on aquatic ecosystems subject to severe environmental stress. He previously was Researcher at the Insitute of Natural Resources (CSIC) from 2007 to 2010 and Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora (Mexico) from 2001 to 2007. He was a fellow of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Education Department of Madrid Region. He obtained his in Geosciencies at the Authonomous University of Madrid (UAM) in 2000.

Timothy D Scheibe

Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Lead Scientist at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a scientific user facility located at PNNL. Research interests emphasize coupled hydrologic and biogeochemical processes as they control water quality, ecosystem health, and contaminant transport and fate. Collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to perform integrated computational and experimental research across a wide range of physical scales from molecules and cells to aquifers and watersheds. Was selected by the National Ground Water Association to serve as the 2010 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer, in which role he presented 65 invited lectures across North America and Europe.

Christian Schröder

My overarching interest lies with the (bio)geochemical iron cycle and how it is linked to the cycling of other elements such as carbon, sulphur or phosphorus. My Research ranges from the interaction of minerals, microorganisms and contaminants in the groundwater to aqueous mineralogy and geochemistry on Mars. I strive to foster cross-fertilisation between the environmental sciences and planetary exploration.

Sherry L Seston

S.L. Seston is an Associate Professor of Biology at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. Seston received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Center for Microbial Ecology with Dr. James Tiedje in 2001, and completed three years of postdoctoral work at Florida State University with Dr. Joel Kostka studying N and Fe cycling in marine environments. Dr. Seston continues to study how microbes control global nutrient cycles, exerting incredible power on a scale exactly opposing their tiny size. Seston's research combines these ideas, focusing on the ecology of anaerobic microbial communities that play key roles in global nutrient cycles. Currently research focuses specifically on oxygen minimum zones in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific. Other research interests include the impact of statistical and computational methods on the analysis of microbial community data, a current topic of concern as we rely on automated computational methods to analyze large biological datasets of various types (nucleic acids, proteins, and metabolites).

Pedro J. Silva

I was originally raised as en experimental Biochemist. My PhD research centered on the biochemical characterization of the soluble hydrogenase of the hyperthermophile Pyrococcus furiosus. Eventually, the research focus broadened to include other metalloproteins from P. furiosus, which were characterized by biochemical, electrochemical and spectroscopic methods (electron paramagnetic resonance, UV-Vis spectroscopy, cofactor analysis, bioinformatics, enzymology, etc.).

After completing my PhD, I became an Assistant Professor at Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Porto, Portugal). My research focus then moved to the computational study of enzymatic and organic reaction mechanisms using quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics methods.

I have been an Academic Editor for PeerJ since September 2015, and Section Editor for its "Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology" section since its creation in February 2018.

Joseph M Smoak

Joseph M. Smoak is a professor of biogeochemistry at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. His research focus is on how coastal wetlands respond to climate change and sea-level rise. Specifically, his work examines carbon burial in coastal wetlands, and how burial might change and influence global climate.

Ryan Christopher Sullivan

Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with a courtesy appointment in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also a faculty member in the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies. Hon.B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto, Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 he completed his postdoctoral research in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Science’s Cozzarelli Prize.

Developing laser-based analytical techniques for real-time analysis of individual aerosol particle composition. These include laser ablation single-particle mass spectrometry, aerosol optical tweezers, and microfluidic devices for ice nucleation research. The multi-phase chemical evolution of biomass burning aerosol from wood smoke is a major current focus. Experimental studies include the alteration of the ice nucleation properties of smoke particles induced by chemical aging; and the activation of photo-labile chlorinated gases from heterogeneous reactions of nitrogen oxides with smoke aerosol. Recently active in evaluating the kinetics and biosafety of catalysts for sustainable ultra-dilute oxidation catalysis.

Kalliat T Valsaraj

Vice President for Research & Economic Development, Charles and Hilda Roddey Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering and Ike East Professor in Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University. Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Recipient of AIChE/ACS Charles E Coates award in 2012. Research area is in environmental chemical engineering. He has broad research experience in wastewater treatment, atmospheric chemistry and, modeling the fate and transport of contaminants in all three environmental media (air, water and soil/sediment). Present research is concerned with the transformations of pollutants on atmospheric aerosols (fog, rain, ice and snow), mercury sequestration in sediments and, studies on chemical dispersant design for sub-sea oil/gas spill. He is the author of 1 widely accepted textbook (with four editions), 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, 27 book chapters and 2 U.S. patents. He has made over 250 national and international presentations and 28 invited seminars and plenary lectures on his research. His research has been supported by the NSF, EPA, DOE, DOD, USGS and several private industries.

Daniel von Schiller

Dr. Daniel von Schiller is a freshwater ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist working at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Bilbao, Spain. His research focuses on understanding how global change shapes the functioning of fluvial ecosystems with particular interest in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams.