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EDUCATION

  • PhD Candidate; Environmental Geochemistry, School of Earth Science, Ohio State University
    • Adviser: Dr. Yu-Ping Chin
    • Degree Expected Spring 2015
  • B.A. in Geology, Chemistry Minor, 2009
    • Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
    • Summa Cum Laude     GPA: 4.0

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Ellen C. Gonter Graduate Student Paper Award - 2015
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Spring 2010 - 2014
  • OSU School of Earth Science Johnston award for outstanding achievements award 2013 and 2014
  • Gordon Research Seminar: Environmental Sciences Water invited speaker (see below)
  • ACS graduate student award (2013)
  • Certificate of merit – awarded for an outstanding presentation in the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry Fall 2012 (see below)

  • Marshall Shalk Prize in the Department of Geosciences, Smith College 2009 – Awarded for achievements in geological research
  • First Place Undergraduate Student Poster Competition– Northeastern Geological Society of America Portland, Maine 2009
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 2007-2009
  • CRC Press Introductory Chemistry Achievement Award 2006
  • Arthur Ellis Hamm Prize 2005-2006 – Awarded on the basis of the best first-year student’s record
  • Mary Maples Dunn Scholar 2005-2009

SOCIETIES

  • Phi Kappa Phi Winter 2011 - present
  • Sigma Xi, Associate Member, Spring 2009
  • Mellon Mays Fellowship Fall 2007 - Spring 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter, Inducted Fall 2008
  • Geological Society of America, Student member 2007 - present
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Student member, 2008 - present
  • American Gephysical Union 2013 - present
  • American Chemical Society 2010 - present

RESEARCH

  • Fall 2011 – Present: Determining the environmental fate of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the arctic environment. (supported by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and NSF Award Number ARC-1203861)
    • Conducted experiments to probe the influence of dissolved organic matter in the partitioning and photochemical degradation of PBDEs.  Analyzed parent compound and daughter products using Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography with an Electron Capture Detector.
    • Completed 3 field seasons (Summer 2012, 2013, and 2014) at Toolik Field Station, Alaska.   
      • Isolated dissolved organic matter from natural water bodies (PPL solid phase extraction)
      • Conducted field PBDE photolysis experiments
      • Analyzed in situ hydrogen peroxide generation via luminescence using an FeLume
  • Winter 2010 – 2011:– The Biogeochemical Evolution of Dissolved Organic Matter in a Fluvial System on the Cotton Glacier, Antarctica (supported by NSF Award Number ANT-0838949)
    • Collected water and sediment samples from supraglacial fluvial systems. 
    • Conducted laboratory analysis of supraglacial samples including Total Organic Carbon, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Uv-Vis spectrophotometry, and Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectroscopy.
    • Isolated organic matter using C-18 and PPL solid phase extraction and reverse osmosis.
  • Summer 2008 – Spring 2009: Holocene climate change as inferred through sediment provenance in Kongressvatnet, Western Spitsbergen, Svalbard. [Geology Honors Thesis, Smith College and the University in Svalbard (UNIS)]
    • Conducted fieldwork during the summer 2008, which included the collection of short cores from the lake basin and surface sediment samples from the lake catchment.
    • Conducted the following analyses on collected sediment: magnetic susceptibility, major and trace element composition of surface sediments (X-Ray Fluorescence), major and trace element composition of core sediments (ITRAX Scanning X-Ray Fluorescence), and clay mineralogy (X-Ray Diffractometry).
  • Fall 2007 – Spring 2008: Geochemistry of the Northampton Landfill: Are the Soils and Water Contaminated? (Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Research, Smith College)
    • Conducted an extensive literature review on arsenic mobilization and modes of contamination.
    • Compiled data previously collected by Northampton city officials and analyzed trends in water chemistry.
    • Collected sediment cores and water samples at Hannum Brook.
    • Analyzed water and soil samples for major cations, anions, and heavy metals using ICP-OES.
  • Fall 2006 – Sphenothallus-like Fossils from the Upper Martinsburg Formation (Upper Ordovician) in Northeastern Tennessee (Special Studies Project in Organic Geochemistry, Smith College)
    • Conducted analyses to determine the affinity of enigmatic Upper Ordovician fossils from the Martinsburg formation in Northeastern Tennessee.
    • Analyses included: Scanning Electron Microscope and X-Ray Analysis, sample preparation for d13C and carbon to nitrogen ratio (C/N) analysis, thin section petrographic analysis, and hand-sample morphologic analysis.
    • Published results in the Journal of Paleontology (see below)

 ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Fall 2009: Semester in Environmental Science Joint Core Course and Microbial Course Teaching Assistant, MBL Ecosystems Center
    • Prepared lab equipment and reagents for Microbial Methods course.  Examples of laboratory activities included: preparing sterile agar plates, DAPI staining and counts, DNA extraction, and measuring enzyme activities.
    • Prepared field equipment for SES core course field sampling in freshwater, estuarine, and salt marsh environments
    • Prepared laboratory equipment for activities which included measuring chlorophyll, oxygen, nutrients, and marine and freshwater plants and animals.
    • Instructed students during laboratory sessions and aided with data work up
    • Assisted students in development and execution independent research projects
  • Summer 2009: Nutrient Research Assistant, MBL Ecosystems Center
    • Summer research assistant at the Toolik Field Station in Alaska
    • Prepared standards and reagents for spectrophotometric analysis of soluble reactive phosphorus and fluorometric analysis of ammonium with O-Phthaldehyde (OPA)
    • Maintained lab equipment for a multi-user laboratory and kept lab stocked with necessary chemicals and materials
    • Assisted Long Term Ecologic Research (LTER) Lakes RA in lake sampling which includes: zooplankton tows, Hydrolab water analysis, Van Dorn water sampling, algal composition sampling, and Secchi disc readings.
  • Spring 2009: Organic Chemistry Master Tutor, Smith College
    • Instructed students in Organic Chemistry in both individual and group tutoring sessions.
    • Assessed student progress through weekly written reports and monthly meetings with chemistry professors.
  • Fall 2008 – Spring 2009: Organic Chemistry Lab Teaching Assistant, Smith College
    • Supervised and assist students in completion of experiments.
    • Graded laboratory notebooks.
  • Summer 2006: Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Teacher, Smith College
    • 6 week funded internship in San Pedro, Belize
    • Participated in organization, advertising, and teaching of a marine ecology summer program for 49 local school children that emphasized the importance of the coral reef to the Belizean community.

PUBLICATIONS

Wei-Haas, M., Hageman, K., and Chin, YP., “Partitioning of polybrominated diphenyl ethers to dissolved organic matter isolated from arctic surface waters.” Environmental Science and Technology, Articles ASAP.

Wei-Haas, M., Glumac, B., and Curran, H.A. (2011). “Sphenothallus-like Fossils from the Martinsburg Formation (Upper Ordovician), Tennessee.” Journal of Paleontology 85(2): 353-359.

Wei-Haas, M., Newton, R. (2009). “Geochemistry of the Northampton Landfill: Are the soils and water contaminated?” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal 15: 71-75.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS/INVITED LECTURES

Wei-Haas, M., Chin, YP., and Hageman, K. (2012). “Binding of Polybrominated Diphenyl ethers to Dissolved Organic Matter.” American Chemical Society. Philadelphia, PA. [Oral Presentation #14191] (ACS Certificate of Merit)

Wei-Haas, M., Chin, YP., and Hageman, K. (2012). “Binding of Polybrominated Diphenyl ethers to Dissolved Organic Matter.” Gordon Research Seminar. Environmental Science: Water. [Invited Lecturer].

Wei-Haas, M., Chin, YP., and Hageman, K. (2012). “Partitioning of Polybrominated Diphenyl ethers to Dissolved Organic Matter.” Ohio State University School of Earth Science Student Seminar. [Invited lecturer].

Wei-Haas, M., Newton, R., Retelle, M., and Werner, A. (2009). “Sediment provenance and weathering in Kongressvatnet, Western Spitsbergen, Svalbard.” Arctic Workshop. Lewiston, ME [Oral Presentation].

Wei-Haas, M. (2008). “Climate Change in the Land of the 24-hour Sun: Svalbard Research Experience for Undergraduates.” Smith Elects the World. Smith College, Northampton, MA [Nominated Lecturer].

POSTER ABSTRACTS

Wei-Haas, M. and Chin, YP. (2014). “A Novel Method for Measuring Photokinetic Parameters Under Variable Natural and Artificial Light Regimes.” Gordon Research Seminar and Conference. Environmental Science: Water. Holderness, NH. [Poster]

Wei-Haas, M. and Chin, YP. (2014). “Photolytic degradation of BDE-47 in the absence and presence of Arctic dissolved organic matter” Gordon Research Conference. Environmental Science: Water. Holderness, NH. [Poster – presented by Chin, YP]

Wei-Haas, M., Chin, YP. (2013). “A Novel Method for Measuring Photokinetic Parameters Under Variable Natural and Artificial Light Regimes.” American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, CA. [Poster].

Wei-Haas, M. L.; SanClements, M. D.; Smith, H.; Foreman, C. M.; McKnight, D. M.; Chin, Y. P. (2012). Transformation of supraglacial dissolved organic carbon from the cotton glacier, Antarctica. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Science Meeting.  Salt Lake City, Utah [Poster A0034]

Wei-Haas, M., Chin, YP., and Hageman, K. (2011). “Partitioning of Polybrominated Diphenyl ethers to Dissolved Organic Matter.” Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Boston, MA. [Poster TP238].

Wei-Haas, M., Newton, R. (2009). “Geochemistry of the Northampton Landfill: Are the soils and water contaminated?” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal 15: 71-75.

Wei-Haas, M., and Newton, R. (2009) “Glauconite Weathering in an Arctic Environment.” Northeastern Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Portland, ME. [Poster #17-2].

Wei-Haas, M., and Newton, R., (2009). “Glauconite Weathering in an Arctic Environment” Celebrating Collaborations Research Symposium. Smith College, Northampton, MA [Poster]

Wei-Haas, M., and Newton, R., (2009). “Sediment provenance and weathering in Kongressvatnet, Western Spitsbergen, Svalbard.” Five College Geology Undergraduate Research Symposium. Amherst College, Amherst, MA [Poster]

Wei-Haas, M., and Newton, R., (2008). “Geochemistry of the Northampton Landfill: Is the landfill leaking?” Celebrating Collaborations Research Symposium. Smith College, Northampton, MA [Poster]

Wei-Haas, M., and Newton, R., (2008). “Geochemistry of the Northampton Landfill: Is the landfill leaking?” Five College Geology Undergraduate Research Symposium. Amherst College, Amherst, MA [Poster]

Cheng, L., Dorer, W., Luo, P., Moore, S., and Wei-Haas, M. (2008).Coral Reef Ed-Ventures.” Celebrating Collaborations Research Symposium. Smith College, Northampton, MA [Poster]

Wei-Haas, M., Glumac, B., and Curran, A. (2007) “Sphenothallus-like Fossils from the Upper Martinsburg Formation (Upper Ordovician) in Northeastern Tennessee.” Southeastern Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Savannah, Georgia. [Poster #37-13].

Wei-Haas, M., Glumac, B., and Curran, A. (2007) “Sphenothallus-like Fossils from the Upper Martinsburg Formation (Upper Ordovician) in Northeastern Tennessee.” Celebrating Collaborations Research Symposium. Smith College, Northampton, MA [Poster]

Wei-Haas, M., Glumac, B., and Curran, A. (2007). “Sphenothallus-like Fossils from the Upper Martinsburg Formation (Upper Ordovician) in Northeastern Tennessee.” Five College Geology Undergraduate Research Symposium. Amherst College, Amherst, MA [Poster]

ACTIVITIES/OUTREACH

  • School of Earth Science Graduate Student Representative 2013 – Present
  • Innis Scientific Thinkers Program Teacher 2013 – Present
    • This program brings interactive science projects to elementary school children from a low-income region.
  • Indianola K-8 Spruce Run Field Work Camp volunteer teacher with Lisa Seiberling Spring 2012 and Spring 2013
  • Fall 2007-Spring 2009: Geology Club President, organization founder
    • Duties included organizing, advertising, and hosting activities to promote geological inquiry. Activities included: hikes highlighting local geology, geology themed movie showings, and geological experiments.
  • Fall 2006-Spring 2007 – Academic Advisor, Smith College Parson’s Complex
    • Advised new students in planning and selecting classes.
    • Provided support and advice for any academic related difficulties.