Jan 20, 2022: Using Historical Documentation and Chemical Forensics to Evaluate Sources of PAH-Contamination in Sediment

Seminar speaker, Savannah Volkoff, PhD, wearing an orange top and smiling in front of a gray background.

Savannah Volkoff, PhD

Environmental Engineer

Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

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Clients often require assistance understanding the sources and extent of contamination identified on or near their property. This presentation will offer a look into how Geosyntec Consultants supported a client by compiling and reviewing historical documentation; planning a site investigation to delineate contamination; and then analyzing chemical signatures between client product samples and river sediment samples using PAH-forensics approaches. Results from the investigation suggested the client product samples had a different PAH-signature compared to river sediment samples, which were more closely aligned with signatures of urban background contamination.

About the Speaker: Savannah Volkoff has worked as an Environmental Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants since 2019. She primarily serves clients by consulting on sediment site investigation, environmental litigation, and bioremediation projects. Prior to joining Geosyntec, Volkoff obtained her doctorate from Duke University’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department with a certificate from the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program. Her dissertation research focused on bioremediation of PAHs in sediment from the Elizabeth River, Virginia. 

Thursday, January 20, 12:00-1:15 pm Eastern


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