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Ecosystems Research

Christopher D. Knightes

By addressing environmental fate and transport modeling to emphasize physical, chemical and biological processes, I research impacts of management strategies (e.g., remedial strategies, emission regulations) and elucidate new research directions for processes governing human and ecological exposure concentrations. I have focused on the biogeochemical cycling of mercury in watersheds and surface waters, with the goal of linking mercury sources to receptor exposures in aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, I have worked with pesticides and the chemistry of complex, multi-component mixtures, such as polcyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Biographical Information

Name: Christopher D. Knightes

Title: Environmental Engineer

Contact Info:
Ecosystems Research Division
National Ecosystems Research Laboratory
Office of Research Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
960 College Station Rd
Athens, GA  30605
Phone:  706/355-8326
Email:  knightes.chris@epa.gov

Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2000,
M.A. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research, Princeton University, 1997
M.S. in Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, 1995
B.S. in Physics, University of Rochester, 1992

Professional Experience
Environmental Engineer, USEPA, ORD, NERL-ERD, Athens, GA, 2002–present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Drexel University, School of Environmental Science, Engineering and Public Policy, 2002.
Associate Engineer, ENVIRON International, Princeton, NJ, 2001 – 2002

Professional Affiliations

Member: AGU, SETAC
Reviewer:  Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Desalination and Water Treatment Science and Engineering, Environmental Research, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, Environmental Modelling & Software
Environmental Pollution, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, The International Journal of Soil, Sediment and Water, Journal of Contaminant Transport, Journal of Bioremediation, Limnology & Oceanography, Science of the Total Environment

Selected Awards and Honors

2010 Level II Scientific Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) (2)
2009 NERL Special Achievement Award: Goal 4 and Special Achievement Award: Goal 1
2009 EFED Superior Accomplishment Award:
2009 ORD Science Communications Award.
2009 ORD Technical Assistance to Regions or Program Offices Award.
2008 ERD Superior Accomplishment Award

Publications and Presentations

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