Why Study Pollutants in Arctic Snow (Amanda Grannas)

Chemistry professor at Villanova Amanda Grannas, with a focus on environmental and atmospheric chemistry, is attempting to understand the chemistry of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the environment. She became interested in the Arctic during her first field study there in 2000, which was also her second year as a graduate student at Purdue University. The experience was challenging but empowering, as she was responsible for running the study on her own. Grannas is currently part of the OASIS team studying atmospheric chemistry in Barrow (Utqiaġvik), Alaska, where she and her team measure POPs and their impact on the environment.