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Faculty & Research

Matthew Polizzotto

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Associate Professor
Earth Sciences
Phone: 541-346-5217
Office: 225C Cascade Hall
Research Interests: Soil and aqueous geochemistry, environmental quality


  • BS/BA, Environmental Science/Music, University of Rochester, 2001
  • PhD, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, 2007


The overarching goal of my research program is to help better predict, manage and respond to environmental contaminants that threaten human health. Contaminant distributions in soils, sediments an natural waters are controlled by a host of physical, chemical and biological processes, each of which can exert its influence over a range of spatial and temporal scales. My research integrates a suite of field, laboratory and spectroscopic approaches to better understand the sources, fate and transport of contaminants in the environment.