Skip to Content

My Chem/Biochem


  • Monitoring hydrogen peroxide in a salt marsh

    Salt Marsh Monitoring

    A field site for monitoring hydrogen peroxide.

  • A shelf cloud over moving over Folly Beach.

    Shelf Cloud Moves In

    This cloud moving over Folly Beach told us it was time to stop sampling and head for cover.

  • The organic microlayer generated by cypress knees in the Congaree Swamp.

    Cypress Knees In The Congaree Swamp

    The organic microlayer generated by cypress knees is visible tailing off the knee in the center of the picture.

John L. Ferry Group Site

Welcome, and thanks for your interest in environmental chemistry!  My group studies molecular strategies to remediate and restore the environment after contamination and the fate of contaminants that are too difficult or expensive to remediate directly.

We always welcome motivated students, from pre-college to postdoctoral who are interested in joining us to help build a fundamental understanding of molecular processes in the environment.  My group and I work together to train new students to think critically about environmental problems and to design experiments to test their ideas in natural systems.  We develop new methods to use the tools needed for this task, including laboratory robotics, spectroscopy, chromatography and mass spectrometry; and we use these tools both in the field and in the laboratory.