Michael Schaefer

Michael Schaefer

Title and Credentials: 
PhD Student
Type: 
School: 
Earth Sciences
Department: 
Environmental Earth System Science
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Expected Graduation: 2016
Topics of Interest: Environmental redox chemistry; carbon cycling in the Mekong Delta
Michael takes a process-based approach to try to determine how microbiology, chemistry, and hydrology affect the distribution of arsenic in groundwater in South and Southeast Asia, especially in Cambodia. He hopes that if we can improve our understanding of the fundamental processes, we can predict where and for how long arsenic will be a threat to human health. He is also interested in how predicted changes to Mekong River hydrology (e.g. dams and climate change) will affect soil carbon storage in the Mekong Delta. Michael received a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa.