Welcome to the Gaylor Lab, where highly interdisciplinary scientific geeking is our business and business is GOOD!


Undergraduate student research in my lab is focused broadly in the areas of Environmental-, Analytical-, and Prebiotic- Chemistry and Ecotoxicology. Some recent student projects include

  • Investigating mineral-PAH interactions relevant to origins of life

  • Modeling the physicochemical behavior of plausible prebiotic phospholipids

  • Assessing microplastics and plastic additive impacts in terrestrial ecosystems

  • Characterizing toxic additives in consumer thermal paper products

  • Characterizing VOC emissions in land-applied biosolids

  • Characterizing VOC emissions in harmful algal blooms

  • Characterizing VOC emissions in deep underground environments

  • Characterizing VOC emissions by house plants relative to uptake of airborne contaminants

  • Characterizing VOC emissions by cohabitant insects ingesting consumer plastics as indicators of toxicity

  • Characterizing VOC emissions of decomposing cohabitant insects and assessing risks to human spaces

  • Developing supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) methods for determining environmental contaminants

  • Characterizing chemical & microbial constituents of preserved foods sealed since the early 20th Century

  • Characterizing diterpene synthesis in genetically modified cyanobacteria  

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