Linda Kalnejais
Ph.D. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MIT
B.E. Env. Engineering, University of Western Australia
B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Western Australia
Assistant Professor of Chemical Oceanography
University of New Hampshire
Participating scientist with COSEE-Ocean Systems
Participation with COSEE Network
November 17, 2010
ROLE MODEL WEBINAR | Dr. Linda Kalnejais and Sharon Gallant
The Role of Estuaries in Ecosystem Health
March 13-14, 2009
OCEAN-CLIMATE CONNECTIONS | Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop
New England Center, University of New Hampshire
Linda Kalnejais
I am interested in what happens to pollutants in the coastal ocean. Pollutants often accumulate in muds and sediments, so my work seeks to understand if pollutants (especially toxic metals) are permanently trapped in sediments or if they can be re-released back into the water column. To investigate this I use a combination of field sampling, careful laboratory analysis, experiments and modeling.

The overall aim of my research is to understand the generation, cycling, fate, and effects of contaminants in the environment. I approach such problems with rigorous and unique chemical analysis combined with field sampling, laboratory studies, geochemical modeling, and interdisciplinary approaches from the fields of hydrodynamics and microbiology.

I especially am drawn to studying the coastal zone due to the fascinating and complex processes that occur in this region of great societal importance. Human populations rely on the coastal zone for recreation, transportation, and fisheries resources. Yet the coast receives most of the contaminants carried by the terrestrial water cycle, and these contaminants are potential threats to coastal ecosystems.

Photo: Dr. Linda Kalnejais at work in the lab. Not all ocean science research is done at sea.
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How Does Landscape Affect the Ecology of Coastal Waters?
Linda Kalnejais , Gary Neilsen, Linda McIntosh, Marjorie Inderbitzen, and Bryan Field