Dr. Jessica Brandt
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Office: University of Connecticut U-4087, 1376 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4087 (Room #YNG 326)
|PhD 2018||Duke University; Environmental Health|
|MHS 2012||Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences|
|BA 2011||Johns Hopkins University; Public Health Studies|
|2020 - Present||Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut|
|2018 - 2019||U.S. Geological Survey, Postdoctoral Researcher|
My research focuses on the fate, flux, and consequences of chemical stressors in aquatic ecosystems. There are three overarching questions that motivate my interest in ecosystem-scale toxicology:
- How do biotransported contaminants interact with recipient ecosystems? How will these interactions and the magnitude of subsidy effects change as aquatic habitats are altered?
- What roles do ecosystems and aquatic communities play in controlling contaminant distribution, retention, and toxicity risks?
- To what extent are contaminant legacies constraining fish conservation efforts?
- Vengosh, A; Cowan, EA; Coyte, RM; Kondash, AJ; Wang, Z; Brandt, JE; Dwyer, GS. 2019. Evidence for unmonitored coal ash spills in Sutton Lake, North Carolina: Implications for contamination of lake ecosystems. Sci. Tot. Environ. 686: 1090-1103.
- Brandt, JE; Simonin, M; Di Giulio, RT; Bernhardt, ES. 2019. Beyond selenium: Coal combustion residuals lead to multielement enrichment in receiving lake food webs. Environ. Sci. Technol. 53 (8): 4119-4127, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b00324
- Brandt, JE; Lauer, NE; Vengosh, A; Bernhardt, ES; Di Giulio, RT. 2018. Strontium isotope ratios in fish otoliths as biogenic tracers of coal combustion residual inputs to freshwater ecosystems. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 5 (12), DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00477
- Yang, Y; Chen, B; Hower, J; Schindler, M; Winkler, C; Brandt, J; Di Giulio, R; Liu, M; Fu, Y; Zhang, L; Priya, S; Hochella, M. 2017. Discovery and ramifications of incidental Magneli phase generation and release from industrial coal burning. Nature Communications 8, DOI:10.1038/s41467-017-00276-2
- Brandt, JE; Bernhardt, ES; Dwyer, GS; Di Giulio, RT. 2017. Selenium ecotoxicology in freshwater lakes receiving coal combustion residual effluents: A North Carolina example. Environ Sci & Technol. 51 (4): 2418–2426, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05353