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Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
 
 

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Linda Kalnejais

 
Linda Kalnejais

Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours in Environmental Engineering, 1993

I live in the north-east of the United States on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I've been in the US for four years, working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution doing my PhD in Chemical Oceanography. The PhD program is a joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

I worked in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department for the first two years. Then I chose to work with my advisor Dr Bill Martin at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and moved south. I am now studying the chemical cycling of metals in coastal sediments.

To understand the mechanisms that lead to the release of metals from contaminated coastal sediments is the main goal of the project. We use a variety of techniques such as benthic flux chambers, high resolution porewater profiling, resuspension chambers and modeling to develop an understanding of the chemistry occurring in the sediments and the physical processes that influence the chemistry.

Environmental engineering is a really exciting field as it can be applied to so many diverse and interesting areas and issues.