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Our Environmental Chemistry program trains chemists through the programs of FIU's preeminent Institute of Environment, including the areas of aquatic chemistry, long-term ecological research, coastal oceans and sea level rise.


  • 2018


    Pisani O., Gao M., Maie N., Miyoshi T., Childers D.L. and Jaffé R. (2018). Compositional aspects of herbaceous litter decomposition in the freshwater marshes of the Florida Everglades. Plant & Soil. 423, 87-98. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-017-3495-3.

    Tose L.V., Benigni P., Leyva D., Sundberg A., Ramírez C.E., Ridgeway M.E., Park M.A., Wanderson Romão, Jaffé R., Fernandez-Lima F. (2018). "Coupling Trapped Ion Mobility Spectrometry to Mass Spectrometry: TIMS-TOF MS vs TIMS-FT-ICR MS", Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 32, 1287-1295 (doi:10.1002/rcm.8165).

    Mulet, C.T., Arroyo-Mora, L.E., Leon, L.A., Gnagy, E., and DeCaprio, A.P. (2018). Rapid quantitative analysis of methylphenidate and ritalinic acid in oral fluid by liquid chromatography triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-QqQ-MS), J. Chromatogr. B, 1092, 313-319.

    Seither, J.Z., Arroyo-Mora, L.E., Hindle, R. and DeCaprio, A.P. (2018). Systematic toxicological analysis of novel psychoactive substances. I. Development of a compound database and HRMS spectral library, Forensic Chem., 9, 12-20.

    Wagner S., Jaffé R., Stubbins A. (2018). Dissolved black carbon in aquatic ecosystems: A review. Limnology & Oceanography Methods. DOI: 10.1002/lol2.10076.

    Rashid M., Sterbinsky G.E., Gracia Pinilla M.A., Cai Y., O’Shea K.E. (2018). Kinetic and Mechanistic Evaluation of Inorganic Arsenic Species Adsorption onto Humic Acid Grafted Magnetite Nanoparticles, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, https:/pubs.acs.orgdoi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b12438.

    Meng B., Li Y., Cui W., Jiang P., Liu G., Wang Y., Richards J., Feng X., Cai Y. (2018). Tracing the Uptake, Transport, and Fate of Mercury in Sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense) in the Florida Everglades Using a Multi-isotope Technique. Environ. Sci. Technol., 52, 3384–3391.

    Tai C., Zhang S., Yin Y., Dai Z., Li Y., Jiang G., Cai Y., Huang C., and Shi J. (2018). Facile Photoinduced Generation of Hydroxyl Radical on a Nitrocellulose Membrane Surface and its Application in the Degradation of Organic Pollutants. ChemSusChem., 11, 1-6.

    Benigni P., Porter J., Ridgeway M.E., Park M.A., Fernandez-Lima F. (2018). "Increasing analytical separation and duty cycle with non-linear analytical mobility scan functions in TIMS-FT-ICR MS". Anal Chem. 90 (4), 2446–2450.

    Chen, W., Colon, R., Louda, J. W., Rodriguez del Rey, F., Durham, M., & Rein, K. S. (2018). Brevetoxin (PbTx-2) influences the redox status and NPQ of Karenia brevis by way of thioredoxin reductase. Harmful Algae, 71, 29-39.

  • 2017

    Cui D., Mebel A.M., Arroyo-Mora L.E., Holness H., Furton K.G., O'Shea K. (2017). Kinetic, product, and computational studies of the ultrasonic induced degradation of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM), Water Research, 126, 164-171.

    Roy, U., Conklin, L., Schiller, J., Matysik, J., Berry, J. P. and Alia, A. (2017) Metabolic profiling of zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos by NMR spectroscopy reveals multifaceted toxicity of beta-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA). Scientific Reports, 7: 17305.

    Weiss-Errico, M., Berry, J. P. and O’Shea, K. (2017) Beta-cyclodextrin attenuates perfluorooactanoic acid toxicity in the zebrafish embryo model. Toxics, 5: 31.

    Möller, C., Davis, W.C., Marí, F., Thompson, V.R., and DeCaprio, A.P. (2017). Proteomic analysis of thiol modifications and assessment of structural changes in hemoglobin induced by aniline metabolites N-phenylhydroxylamine and nitrosobenzene. Sci. Rep., 4, 14794.

    Sandoval, K., Ding, Y., & Gardinali, P. (2017). Characterization and environmental relevance of oil water preparations of fresh and weathered MC-252 Macondo oils used in toxicology testing. Science of the Total Environment, 576, 118-128.

    Roebuck JA, Podgorski D., Wagner S. and Jaffé R. (2017). Photo-dissolution of charcoal and fire-impacted soil as a potential source of dissolved black carbon in aquatic environments. Organic Geochemistry. 112, 16-21.

    Oehrle, S.; Rodriguez-Matos, M.; Cartamil, M.; Zavala, C.; Rein, K. S. (2017) Toxin composition of the 2016 Microcystis aeruginosa bloom in the St. Lucie Estuary, Florida. Toxicon, 138, 169-172.

    Chen, W., Tuladhar, A., Rolle, S., Lai, Y., Rodriguez del Rey, F., Zavala, C. E., Liu, Y. & Rein, K. S. (2017) Brevetoxin-2, is a unique inhibitor of the C-terminal redox center of mammalian thioredoxin reductase-1. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 329, 58-66.

    Weiss-Errico M.J., Ghiviriga I., O’Shea K.E. (2017). 19F NMR Characterization of the Encapsulation of Emerging Perfluoroethercarboxylic Acids by Cyclodextrins, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 121 (35), 8359-8366.

    He D., Ladd N., Sachs J.P. and Jaffé R. (2017). Inverse relationships between salinity and 2H/1H fractionation in leaf wax n-alkanes from Florida mangroves. Org. Geochem. 110, 1-12.

    Yang M., Matulis S., Boise L.H., McGoron A.J. and Cai Y. (2017). Potential Application of SERS for Arsenic Speciation in Biological Matrices. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. DOI 10.1007/s00216-017-0434-3.

     He D., Ladd N., Sachs J.P. and Jaffé R. (2017). Inverse relationships between salinity and 2H/1H fractionation in leaf wax n-alkanes from Florida mangroves. Org. Geochem. 110, 1-12.

    Hu, P., Dubinsky, E.A., Probst, A.J., Wang, J., Sieber, C.M., Tom, L.M., Gardinali, P.R., Banfield, J.F., Atlas, R.M. and Andersen, G.L., (2017). Simulation of Deepwater Horizon oil plume reveals substrate specialization within a complex community of hydrocarbon degraders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(28), pp.7432-7437.

    Campeão, M. E., Reis, L., Leomil, L., de Oliveira, L., Otsuki, K., Gardinali, P. & Thompson, C. C. (2017). The Deep-Sea Microbial Community from the Amazonian Basin Associated with Oil Degradation. Frontiers in microbiology, 8, 1019.

    Gonzalez-Raymat H., Liu G., Liriano C., Li Y., Yin Y., Shi J., Jiang G., Cai Y. (2017). Elemental mercury: Its unique properties affect its behavior and fate in the environment. Environmental Pollution, 229, 69-86.

    Zhao C., Peller J.R., Mezyk S.P., Kamat P.V., O’Shea K.E. (2017). Oxidative remediation of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and propylene glycol phenyl ether (PPh). Evidence of contaminant repair.

    Möller, C., Clark, E., Safavi-Hemani, H., DeCaprio, A.P., and Marí, F. (2017). Isolation and characterization of Conohyal-P1, a hyaluronidase from the injected venom of Conus purpurascens, J. Proteomics, 164, 73-84.

    Benigni P., Sandoval K., Thompson C.J., Ridgeway M.E., Park M.A., Gardinali P., Fernandez-Lima F. (2017). "Analysis of Photo-irradiated Water Accommodated Fractions of Crude Oils Using Tandem TIMS and FT-ICR MS", Environ. Sci. Technol., 51 (11), pp 5978–5988.

    Benigni, P., Marin, R., Sandoval, K., Gardinali, P., & Fernandez-Lima, F. (2017). Chemical Analysis of Water-accommodated Fractions of Crude Oil Spills Using TIMS-FT-ICR MS. JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments), (121), e55352-e55352.

    Mckay G., Huang W., Romera-Castillo C., Crouch J., Rosario-Ortiz F.L. and Jaffé R. (2017). Assessing dissolved organic matter photo-reactivity in a subtropical wetland ecosystem: Correlations between optical properties, antioxidant capacity, and the photochemical formation of reactive intermediates. Environ. Sci. Technol. 51, 5404–5413.

    Jaja-Chimedza, A., Sanchez, K., Gantar, M., Gibbs, P.D.L., Schmale, M. C. and Berry, J. P. (2017) Carotenoids glycosides from cyanobacteria are teratogenic in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryo model. Chemosphere, 174: 478-489.

  • 2016

    Wang, J., Sandoval, K., Ding, Y., Stoeckel, D., Minard-Smith, A., Andersen, G., Dubinsky, D., Atlas, R., and Gardinali, P., (2016) "Biodegradation of dispersed Macondo crude oil by indigenous Gulf of Mexico microbial communities", Science of the Total Environment, 557-558: 453-468.

    Berry, J.P., Roy, U., Jaja-Chimedza, A., Sanchez, K., Matysik, J. and Alia, A. (2016) High-resolution magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance of intact zebrafish embryos detects metabolic changes following exposure to teratogenic polymethoxyalkenes from algae. Zebrafish, 13: 456-465.

    Sun, P., Leeson, C., Zhi, X., Leng, F., Pierce, R. H., Henry, M. S. & Rein, K. S. (2016). Characterization of an epoxide hydrolase from the Florida red tide dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis. Phytochemistry, 122, 11-21.

    Benigni P., DeBord J.D., Thompson C.J., Gardinali P., Fernandez-Lima F. (2016). "Increasing Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Molecular Coverage during Fossil Oil Analysis by Combining Gas Chromatography and Atmospheric-Pressure Laser Ionization Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FT-ICR MS)". Energy and Fuels, 30 (1), 196–203.

  • 2015

    Wang Y., Li Y., Liu G., Wang D., Jiang G., and Cai Y. (2015). Elemental Mercury in Natural Waters: Occurrence and Determination of Particulate Hg(0). Environ. Sci. Technol., 49, 9742–9749.

    Gallo, M.V., Deane, G.D., DeCaprio, A.P., Schell, L.M., and Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment (2015). Changes in persistent organic pollutant levels from adolescence to young adulthood. Environ. Res., 140, 214-224.

    Benigni P., Thompson C.J., Ridgeway M.E., Park M.A., Fernandez-Lima F. (2015). "Targeted high resolution ion mobility separation coupled to ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry of endocrine disruptors in complex mixtures". Anal. Chem. 87 (8), 4321–4325.

    Cassell, R. T., Chen, W., Thomas, S., Liu, L. & Rein, K. S. (2015). Brevetoxin, the Dinoflagellate Neurotoxin, Localizes to Thylakoid Membranes and Interacts with the Light‐Harvesting Complex II (LHCII) of Photosystem II. ChemBioChem, 16(7), 1060-1067.