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Ratan Dhar
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: York College
Research Interests: Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Geochemistry, Analytical techniques in Environmental Geosciences, Biogeochemistry
Predictions of metal(loid) transport processes in natural system are a critical aspect of decision-making in risk assessment, and remediation strategies. I aim to advance our understanding of how physical, chemical and biological factors interact and control the mobilization of trace metals in natural environment. My research is focused on the local hydrological and geochemical controls in mobilization of heavy metals and nutrients in natural waters. Specifically, I investigate the potential role of microbes and dissolved organic matter (DOM) in mobilization of trace metals in groundwater of contaminated area. Field sampling program and laboratory measurements are combined to study behaviors of these elements in both sea and fresh water environment.