B.S., M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Brown University
Daniel J. BrabanderFrost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Geosciences
Research interests: biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, and medical geology.
My research emphasizes transdisciplinary projects that foster collaboration among biologists, chemists, public health scientists, and environmental engineers and involves research experiences for undergraduates and not-for-profit partners. Current research focus is environmental geochemistry, health, and the quantification of toxic metal exposure pathways in the built environment. Applications include fate and transport studies of contaminants in watersheds and urban settings, isotopic dating and mapping of contaminants within sediments and soils, environmental mineralogy with advanced spectroscopic methods, and sustainable urban agriculture.
As postdoctoral research associate at the Parsons Lab at MIT I applied geochemistry tools to large-scale environmental engineering challenges around arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh and metal biogeochemical cycling in urban watersheds. Currently I hold an appointment as a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, where my research questions focus on the intersection of environmental health and medical geosciences.
At Wellesley I am advisory faculty member to the Environmental Studies program and teach a core cross-listed course for both ES and GEOS majors Environmental, Health, and Sustainability Sciences. My courses help students develop a toolbox of skills to frame and analyze complex environmental systems. I also teach upper-level courses in Isotope Geology and Environmental Geochemistry in which a key component of these courses is the creation of a research-rich setting where the students become apprentices for ongoing projects in my research lab.
Howard M.*, Plotkin A.*, McClure A. R.*, Klepac-Ceraj V., Griffith A., Brabander D., Jones K. (2018) Comfrey mulch enriches soil, but does not improve an indicator crop within one season. International Journal of Plant and Soil 22: (2) 1-9. doi : 10.9734/IJPSS/2018/40403.
Monecke K., McCarthy F. G., Hubeny B., Ebel J. E., Brabander D. J., Kielb S., Howey E.*, Janigian G.*, Pentesco J. (2018) The 1755 Cape Ann earthquake recorded in lake sediments of eastern New England: An interdisciplinary paleoseismic approach. Seismological Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1785/
Sharp R. M.* and Brabander, D. J. (2017). Lead (Pb) bioaccessibility and mobility assessment of urban soils and composts: Fingerprinting sources and refining risks to support urban agriculture. GeoHealth, 1, 333–345. https://doi.org/10.1002/
Fitzstevens M. G.*, Sharp R. M.*, Brabander D. J. (2017) Biogeochemical characterization of municipal compost to support urban agriculture and limit childhood lead exposure from resuspended urban soils. Elem Sci Anth. 2017; 5:51. doi http://doi.org/10.1525/
In my spare time I like to swim-bike-run (with a passion for Celeste steel road bikes), do gymnastics and pretend I am a kid again, hike, and spend summers in Maine with my family.