Biogeochemistry & Environmental Quality Research Group @ Clemson University

What we do:

The Biogeochemistry & Environmental Quality Research Group (BG&EQ) at Clemson University studies the budgets and chemistry of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in source water.  We are particularly interested in understanding the influences of watershed disturbances and managements on DOM exports affecting downstream biogeochemical processes and drinking water quality.  Specific analyses include  optical properties, elemental composition, abundance of functional moieties, degradability, halogenated reactivity, and treatability in forming disinfection byproducts (DBPs). We have employed instrumental analyses such as fluorescence spectroscopy, pyrolysis gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry, Fourier Transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, thermodynamic and kinetic calculations, controlled field and laboratory experiments, and watershed scale monitoring to study DOM dynamic in different water bodies under the influence of climate and land use changes.















August 2017: Dr. Yunlong Yang is joining us as a visiting scholar. Dr. Yang is an associate professor in Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China.


August 2017: Dr. Huen Chen is joining us as a post-doctoral scholar.  Dr. Chen received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from University of Tennessee Knoville. His research will focus on natural organic matter characterization using PyGCMS.


July 2017: New Publication - Tsai KP, Uzun H, Karanfil K, and Chow AT (In Press). Dynamic changes of disinfection byproduct precursors following exposures of Microcystis aeruginosa to wildfire ash solutions. Environmental Science & Technology.


July 2017: New Publication - Coates TA, Chow AT, Hagan D, Wang GG, Bridges Jr W, and Dozier J (In Press).  Frequent prescribed burning as a long-term practice in longleaf pine forests does not affect detrital chemical composition. Journal of Environmental Quality.


July 2017: New Publication - Liu X, Ruecker A, Song B, Xing J, Conner WH, and Chow AT (2017) Effects of salinity and wet-dry treatments on C and N dynamics in coastal-forested wetland soils: Implications of sea level rise.  Soil Biology & Biochemistry 112: 56-67.