Our News

2022

September:

  •  New publication in Nature Communications Earth & Environment: Non-conservative nature of boron in Arctic marginal ice zones 2022-09-19 | Journal article DOI: 10.1038/s43247-022-00552-0 Penny Vlahos; Kitack Lee; Chang-Ho Lee; Lauren Barrett; Lauren Juranek
  • NSF Arctic Data Center  2022. Boron in seawater, ice and brine in the Bering and Chukchi Seas May-June 2021. doi:10.18739/A2V698D41.

August:

  • Samantha Rush awarded best poster content at the SOLAS Summer School 2022 and $500 for a research cost/travel award
  • Final sampling time-point for ALISE I project

July:

  • paper accepted in Nature Communications Earth & Environment – Non-conservative nature of boron in Arctic marginal ice zones

June:

  • New NSF Award – Vlahos and Romero have received a new award from the National Science Foundation  to study carbon dioxide gas exchange in sea spray under high winds (SSAGE).
  • Mary McGuiness wins best graduate student platform at NAC SETAC
  • Emma Shipley presents her natural halogenated bromophenol/anisol work at NAC SETAC

May:

  • Our group’s research featured by the Long Island Sound Study
  • Emma Shipley presents at SETAC Europe
  • Lauren Barrett and Mary McGuinness present at the Long Island Sound Research conference May 18th
  • Vlahos on Fulbright Specialist visit at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Group approved for Swedish Polar Research effort May/June 2023 on the Icebreaker Oden

April:

  • Samantha Rush receives National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)
  • Lucy Hendrickson has been accepted into the Team-TERRA cohort for 2022-2024
  • Vlahos gives talk at Connecticut College

March:

February:

January:

  • Vlahos and Abadia awarded seed grant to study environmental water quality impact on cognitive development in children in target communities along the Magdalena River in Columbia.
  • Vlahos receives Fulbright Specialist award to work on global pollutants at ETH in Zurch.
  • Applicant Lucy Henrickson nominated for Jorgensen Fellowship
  • Applicant Samantha Rush nominated for Harriot & CLAS Fellowships

2021

December:

November:

  • Emma Shipley presents “04.10.24 Development and Validation of Two Polymers for In Situ Passive Sampling of Munitions Compounds” at the NA SETAC Meeting.
  • Emma Shipley presents at Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 Steering Council progress meeting.
  • Lauren Barrett presents her work “Internal consistency of the inorganic carbon system in Long Island Sound” at the Biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF 2021).

October:

  • Paper accepted “Water Sources and Kidney Function: Investigating Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in a Prospective Study” in Nature Partner Journals – Clean Water (NPJ – Clean Water) by Vlahos et al.
  • IPCP International Workshop hosted Oct 2oth 2021. Over 500 registrants from over 69 countries.

September:

August:

July:

  • Whitney & Vlahos present to CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection on strategies for reducing hypoxia in Long Island Sound.
  • Sampling for the ALISE project officially begins. This samples the carbonate system in Long Island Sound Embayments.
  • Vlahos selected as Connecticut co-chair of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee  (STAC) for Long Island Sound.

June:

  • Manuscript accepted “The role of sea spray in atmosphere ocean gas exchange” by Allison Staniec, Penny Vlahos, and Edward Monahan [Paper #NGS-2019-08-01764D]  Nature Geoscience.
  • Lauren Barrett presents “Over-specification of the inorganic carbon system of Long Island Sound” at the ASLO 2021 meeting
  • Vlahos selected for Fulbright Specialist Roster (2021-2025)
  • Our group returns from arctic cruise to Seward, Alaska.

May:

April:

  • all equipment is shipped for Arctic cruise
  • Kidney Progression Project Symposium (April 28th) – we presented the results of our NIH KiPP projects in a virtual symposium with over 60 attendees from 11 countries.

March:

February:

  • Rebha Raviraj is awarded summer undergraduate research fellowship and will be joining our lab in summer 2021 to conduct work on microplastics.
  • Vlahos serves on NASA panel

January:

2020

December:

November:

October:

  • RO1 proposal funded to conduct a 5 year study continuing our water quality work in Sri Lanka Funded with colleagues from Stanford University.
  • ALISE sampling effort
  • LIS Respire sampling continues with additional diurnal sampling

    September:

    August:

    • ALISE sampling effort
    • LIS Respire sampling continues with additional diurnal sampling

    July:

    • Allison Staniec successfully defends her doctoral Research. Way to go Allie!
    • ALISE sampling effort underway
    • LIS Respire sampling cruise re-starts following COVID hiatus

    June:

    • New publication in the New England Journal of Medicine “Using GIS Mapping to Track Hot Spots of Kidney Disease in CaliforniaShuchi Anand, M.D., Allison Staniec, B.A., Maria Montez-Rath, Ph.D., Penny Vlahos, Ph.D. a Stanford University School of Medicine and UCONN collaboration combines human health with environmental water quality.
    • Allison Staniec selected for the prestigious NSF DISCO XXVI program! DISCO participants (currently 25 per meeting) are selected from universities all over the world, with a majority of attendees from U.S. universities. The number of participants to date (DISCO I–XXVI) exceeds 640, and they were selected from an applicant pool that exceeded 80 eligible doctorates in recent years.

    May:

    • Vlahos present to the Governor’s Council on Climate Change GC3 Wetlands Work Group.
    • Our labs re-open May 20th for restricted research operations.

    April:

    March:

    Editors: Vlahos, Penny, Monahan, Edward C. (Eds.) by Springer is published.

     

     

     

     

     

    February:

        January:

        • Our newest member Mary McGuiness nominated for and receives the Crandall Fellowship
        • Lauren Barrett presents her Shell Day results at the CT Shellfish Commission in New Haven January 11th

        2019

        December:

        November:

        October:

        • KiPP data collection is completed marking the end of the three year NIH study following a 300 person cohort of individuals inflicted with CKDu.
        • Staniec and Vlahos participate in the Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions: Scoping directions for U.S. research workshop – October 1-3, 2019 in Sterling VA.
        • Vlahos presents seminar at Wellesley College (October 21st)
        • 6th Respire Program Cruise is completed

        September:

        • Fulbright Scholar Jorge Louis Gallego Zappata joins our lab group  for a six month research collaboration from Cartagena Columbia
        • 5th LISS Respire Cruise completed
        • Vlahos joins Dean’s Strategic Planning Process group

        August:

        • Our summer REU student Raul Flamenco wins the summer REU Fellowship and will be presenting his research from our group at the 2020 Ocean Sciences meeting in San Diego CA.
        • 2 more LISS Respire Program cruises completed
        • Lauren Barrett (doctoral candidate) takes the lead in the first Shell Day event of the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network. Our lab participated as the analysis center that analyzed alkalinity samples for all Connecticut citizen science groups.
        • Emma Shipley completes biogeochemical field work along the Mahaweli River in Sri Lanka

        July:

        • Vlahos and Monahan complete Festchrift “Twixt Wind and Waves”and submit book to Springer Publishers
        • United Nations World Ocean Assessment 2 Chapter is in! We completed the first draft for review.
        • Monahan Symposium on July 25th!
        • Emma climbs Machu Picchu 🙂
        • Vlahos et al paper on the first Nitrogen fluxes in Long Island Sound is accepted! This is an exciting part of our LIS biogeochemical flux efforts.
        • Second LISS Respire Program cruise

        June:

        • Allison Byrd’s first paper is accepted in Coastal, Estuarine and Shelf Science. Great job Allison!
        • Raul Flamenco joins our team as a summer REU
        • Last Western LIS cruise which concludes our EPA biogeochemical flux field efforts.

        May:

        • First LISS Respire Program is underway! We joined the CT Department of Energy and ENvironmental Protection’s RV Dempsey crew for the first of many monthly sampling events over the next two years.
        • Allison Byrd presents her Masters. Congratulations Allison on completing your Masters research. Happy you will be sticking around for a bit this summer!

        April:

        • Emma Shipley tied for first place at the NE SETAC conference in Boston MA for her presentation on contaminants in Sri Lankan air and drinking water!

        March:

        • Vlahos presents at 3rd International CKDu meeting in MArch 23-25 (San Jose, Costa Rica)
        • The Long Island Sound Research Conference March‎ ‎15‎, ‎2019 (Port Jefferson, NY) presentations from our group:
          • Assessing the Distributions of Carbon and Nitrogen Between the East River Tidal Strait and Western Long Island Sound Allison Byrd, University of Connecticut
          • Nitrogen Budgets of the Long Island Sound Estuary Penny Vlahos, University of Connecticut
          • Linking Nitrogen Sources to Western Long Island Sound Water Quality Michael M.​ ​Whitney, University of Connecticut
          • Distributions of Alkalinity in Long Island Sound Allison Staniec, University of Connecticut

        February:

        • Lauren Barrett officially joins our group as a new doctoral researcher!

        January:

        2018

        December:

        • The Long Island Sound (LIS) Respire Program is funded! Official Announcement Link. This EPA-NYSG & CTSG funded project will constrain the biogeochemistry of LIS over two years.

        American Geophysical Union (AGU) Presentations from Our Group

        October:

        • Celebration of Lifetime achievement for Prof. Donald Mackay in Toronto, Canada (Oct. 30&31)
        • Vlahos & Schensul present in Fogarty NIH meeting Bethesda MD, (Oct. 29&30)
        • Vlahos attends UN Regular Process on the State of the Oceans Report II in Odessa, Ukraine (Oct. 17&18)
        • Anand et al. manuscript accepted “Prospective Biopsy-Based Study of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka“Clinical J. of the Am. Soc. of Nephrol.
        • Sea Grant Awards seed grant to our group to explore organic alkalinity in coastal zones!

        September:

        • Manuscript Accepted in Biogeosciences Discussions “Carbon cycling in the North American coastal ocean: A synthesis“, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2018-420
        • NIH awards our KiPP project a supplemental award to extend the study until June 2020.

        August:

        • LISS Western Long Island Sound Cruises Aug 14&15
        • Mean Annual Fluxes of Carbon in Coastal Ecosystems of Eastern North America – Dataset published and now available   https://daac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/dsviewer.pl?ds_id=1594
        • Manuscript Accepted in Global Public Health “Kidney Progression Project (KiPP): Protocol for a Longitudinal Cohort Study of Progression in Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka” Vlahos, Schensul, Nanayakkara, Chandrajith, Haider, Anand, Silva, Schensul
        • Manuscript Accepted in Science of the Total Environment “Tracing the cycling and fate of the munition, Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine in a simulated sandy coastal marine habitat with a stable isotopic tracer, 15N-[RDX]” Ariyarathna, Ballentine, Vlahos, Smith, Cooper, Böhlke, Fallis, Groshens, Tobias

        July:

        • Manuscript accepted in Environmental Pollution: Occurrence and Partitioning Behavior of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Wastewater Effluents Discharging into the Long Island Sound By Elmoznino, Vlahos & Whitney
        • Staniec attends SOLAS summer school in Corsica, France (June 23 – Aug 3)
        • The United States Carbon Cycle Science Program is an inter-agency partnership and has released the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2). We have contributed to Chapter 16. Coastal Oceans and Continental Shelves, pages 651-695.
        • Vlahos selected on US pool of experts for United Nations .State of the Marine Environment, 2nd  Assessment

        June:

        • Dominion Foundation presents our group with a $10000 award to expand and improve the DUCOS station.
        • Vlahos NIH meeting in DC (June 25, 26)
        • Vlahos Fulbright visit to Columbia (June 9 to 24)
        • Second LISS western cruise takes place (June 7 and 8th)
        • Oriana Strieleman (NSF-REU, summer 2018) joins group 🙂

        May:

        April:

        • Vlahos awarded Fulbright to  the University of Cartagena Program in Environmental Toxicology in Cartagena, Colombia
        • Jessica presents research at SURF spring meeting at Storrs.
        • Emma Shipley Awarded UCONN’s Jorgensen Fellowship for doctoral studies.
        • Vlahos co-chairs NIH panel

        March:

        • Manuscript Accepted in Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry (2018) “Investigation of a new passive sampler for the detection of munitions compounds in marine and freshwater systems” Warren, Vlahos*, Smith,  Tobias; Manuscript ID ETCJ-Feb-18-00089. https://setac.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/etc.4143
        • NIH R-21 Baseline survey complete. We now have the baseline data, have successfully recruited 300 participants with Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) and have begun analyzing their well waters for nutrients and agrochemicals in Wilgamuwa, Sri Lanka.
        • Jessica Hinckley accepts  summer fellowship at Dominion Energy. Congratulations Jessica we are proud of you. Jess will also remain with us throughout the summer on Fridays to continue work on the DUCOS timeseries.

        February:

        • Najjar et al., “Carbon budget of tidal wetlands, estuaries, and shelf waters of Eastern North America” accepted in Global Biogeochemical Cycles [Paper #2017GB005790RR]

         

        2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting

        Ocean Sciences Presentations from Our Group

        January:

        2017

        December:

        • Andreas, Vlahos & Monahan paper “Spray-Mediated Air-Sea Gas Exchange: The Governing Time Scales” accepted in Journal of Marine Science & Engineering, http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1312/5/4/60

        2017 AGU Fall Meeting

        AGU Presentations from Our Group

        November:

        • Vlahos, Warren, Smith & Tobias  presentation “An in situ passive sampler for the detection and remediation of explosive compounds” in Washington DC, Nov. 29th SERDP/ESTCP Symposium.
        • Monahan, Staniec & Vlahos paper accepted in JGR “Spume Drops:Their Potential Role in Air-Sea Gas Exchange”   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017JC013293/full

        October:

        September:

        • Field effort in Sri Lanka Sept 20 to 27th. We set up the extraction apparatus for the field team and optimized the survey instrument.

        August:

        • Final Sea Grant sampling cruise takes place in eastern LIS
        • First EPA/LISS cruise takes place in central and western LIS

        July:

        June:

        • manuscript accepted: “Organic Carbon Patterns and Budgets in the Long Island Sound Estuary” Vlahos and Whitney in special issue of Limnology and Oceanography  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/lno.10638/full
        • Both Allisons Staniec & Byrd attend Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry meeting at Woods Hole
        • Vlahos & Whitney present at Long Island Sound Science and Technical Advisory Committee (June 16th)
        • Joseph Warren completes and presents his Masters work (June 8th)
        • Vlahos presents poster and platform presentations at International Passive Sampling Workshop (IPSW) in Toronto, Canada (June 1 & 2)

        May:

        • Undergraduates Jessica Hinckley (Marine Sciences) and Stephen Cangliosi (Biomedical Engineering) have just started up our Dominion-UConn carbon and oxygen time series at UConn Avery Point. This is the first continuous time series for simultaneous pCO2, dissolved oxygen and pH in Long Island Sound.
        • Vlahos nominated for HORIBA award (Kyoto, Japan)
        • Vlahos & Monahan present at SOLAS meeting in Corsica, France
        • Vlahos & Schensul present at NIH all investigators meeting in Bethesda MD

        April:

        • manuscript accepted: “A Novel in Situ Sulfate Sampler for Aquatic Systems” Vlahos, Warren, Houghton and Fike in the American Chemical Society: Earth and Space Chemistry http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00012
        • Vlahos & Schensul present at Global Meeting on Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Mexico City

        March:

        • Vlahos presents at North American Carbon Program all investigators meeting “Organic Carbon Patterns and Budgets in the Long Island Sound Estuary” (Penny Vlahos, Michael Whitney) https://www.nacarbon.org/cgi-bin/meeting_2017/mtg2017_ab_search.pl?action=3&ab_id=290 
        • Vlahos presents at the National Academy of Sciences in Mexico City “Chemistry, the oceans and climate” with the “Best of UConn” team http://www.mexicoescultura.com/actividad/163543/en/the-best-university-of-connecticut-in-mexico.html#prettyPhoto

        February:

        • Jessica Hinckley receives Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for summer 2017 to work on alkalinity and CO2 in Long Island Sound.
        • Allison Staniec presents “Dissolved oxygen and temperature trends in Long Island Sound” at ASLO in Honolulu Hawaii https://www.sgmeet.com/aslo/honolulu2017/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=28999

        January:

        • Vlahos launches R21 project meeting in Sri Lanka Jan 4 to 14th

        2016

        December:

        • Whitney & Vlahos Awarded New Funding for the Project LISS 01719: “Nutrient and Carbon Fluxes through Long Island Sound (LIS), Linking River Sources to Impacted Areas”, beginning in Spring 2017 that will be coupled with ongoing studies in Eastern LIS.
        • Thivanka Ariyarathna successfully defends her doctoral dissertation (Dec. 2)

        November:

        • SeaGrant cruise 3 uderway
        • Vlahos and Schensul attend Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Chicago in preparation for studies in Sri Lanka
        • Catherine (Catrina) Nowakowski  our summer undergraduate research fellow (SURF), (advised by Astitha and Vlahos) was one of 3 recipients of the CMAS best student poster award and the only undergraduate recipient of the award!!!! Way to go Catrina! She presented her summer work -“Prediction of harmful water quality parameters combining weather, air quality and ecosystem models with in-situ measurements”.  https://www.cmascenter.org/

        October:

        • SERDP project is named project of the year for 2016 (Tobias and Vlahos).

        September:

        • Vlahos and Schensul Awarded NIH R21 Grant to study Environmental Factors related to Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown (CKDu) Etiology in Sri Lanka
        • Warren presents at the UConnThomas John and Bette Wolff event.

        August:

        • Vlahos receives Dominion Grant to establish a pCO2 time series in eastern Long Island Sound http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/article/20160825/NEWS/160829963/1020?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=Energy%2BNews&utm_campaign=Thursday
        • Thivanka has her baby! Congratulations!!!
        • Joseph Warren selected as one of 5 nominees for the Thomas John and Bette Wolff prize for his work as an NSF Accelerate UConn summer fellow

        July:

        • Thivanka’s paper accepted in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry “Biodegradation and mineralization of isotopically labeled TNT and RDX in anaerobic marine sediments”

        June:

        • Vlahos Presents seminar in Arctic Research Center at University of Aarhus (June 22)
        • Thivanka Ariyarathna wins best platform presentation at NE SETAC (June 16)
        • Vlahos gives plenary talk at University of Lund Sweden (June 14)

        May:

        • First Long Island Sound Field Effort Completed!
        • Allison Staniec presents poster at Long Island Sound Meeting
        • Joanne Elmoznino gets hooded! (May 8th)

        April:TEDxUCONN

        • Vlahos gives TEDx talk “Humanity and the Bacteria Model”  SSR2016PV.mp4
        • Vlahos presents final project report in Vicksberg, MS for SERDP-SEED Project.

        March:

        • Samplers from Baltic cruise retrieved!!!!
        • Warren (Entrepreneurial head) & Vlahos (Academic Head)  awarded stage 2 NSF ICORPS Summer Fellowship  for EVA SYSTEMS LLC.
        • Ballantine’s manuscript is accepted! Uptake and fate of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) in coastal marine biota determined using a stable isotopic tracer, 15N – [RDX] Chemosphere 06/2016; 153:28-38. OI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.03.038

        February:

        • Ocean Sciences 2016 A34C-2670: Setting an Upper Limit on Gas Exchange Through Sea-Spray Penny Vlahos1, Edward C.  Monahan1, Edward Andreas2, 1Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut, 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340, USA, 2NorthWest Research Associates, Inc., 25 Eagle Ridge, Lebanon, NH 03766, USA
        • Vlahos and Warren receive NSF- Accelerate UConn award

        January:

        • Article accepted in the Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces Volume (GTWS 2016) – The Potential Role of Sea Spray Droplets in Facilitating Air‑Sea Gas Transfer Edgar L Andreas1, Penny Vlahos2, and Edward C Monahan2 1 NorthWest Research Associates, Inc., 25 Eagle Ridge, Lebanon, NH 03766, USA 2 Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut, 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340, USA

         

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        2015

        December:

        Joanne Elmoznino successfully defends her doctoral dissertation!!!!

        November:

        SETAC North America presentations

        1. 381 Tracing the cycling and fate of the explosive 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in coastal marine systems with a stable isotopic tracer, 15N – [TNT] R. Smith, C. Tobias, Univ of Connecticut / Dept of Marine Sciences; P. Vlahos, Univ of Connecticut / Depts of Marine Sciences and Chemistry;M. Ballentine, T.S. Ariyarathna, Univ of Connecticut / Dept of MarineSciences; J.K. Bohlke, USGS / National Research Program; S. Fallis, Naval Air Warefare Center Weapons Division / Chemistry Division
        2. 382 Biotic uptake and incorporation of munitions derived nitrogen measured in three simulated coastal habitats M. Ballentine, T.S. Ariyarathna, R. Smith, Univ of Connecticut / Dept of Marine Sciences; P. Vlahos, Univ of Connecticut / Depts of Marine Sciences and Chemistry; J.K. Bohlke, USGS / National Research Program; S. Fallis, Naval Air Warefare Center Weapons Division / Chemistry Division; C.Tobias, Univ of Connecticut / Dept of Marine Sciences

        3. WP018 Tracking the metabolism of explosives in coastal marine ecosystems using stable isotopic tracers: Role of sediment T.S. Ariyarathna, Univ of Connecticut / Dept of Marine Sciences; P. Vlahos, Univ of Connecticut / Depts of Marine Sciences and Chemistry; M. Ballentine, R. Smith, C. Cooper, C. Tobias, Univ of Connecticut / Dept of Marine Sciences

         

        October:

        • Vlahos & Whitney receive research award to study carbon and nitrogen export from Long Island Sound to the continental shelf
        • Joseph Warren is presents in Aarhus, Denmark Friday October 2nd (see conference link)

        September:

        • Joseph Warren on field study in Baltic/NATO cruise (Sept 15-27)
        • Joanne Elmoznino begins her professional career at Pfizer! (and hands in her doctoral dissertation!)

        August:

        • Field Study in Halifax Harbor
        • New Rapid extractor arrives
        • Rick Smith’s paper accepted in Environmental Science & Technology

        June-July:

        • Prof. Vlahos begins Fulbright Specialist visit!  Follow her experiences in Sri Lanka!
        • Kristin Raub’s paper accepted in Marine Environmental Research
        • Thivanka Ariyrathna’s paper accepted in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

        April-May

        • Prof. Vlahos presents at NATO SPS (MODUM) meeting in Hamburg, Germany

        March

        • Prof. Vlahos receives Fulbright Specialist Award
        • Prof. Vlahos presents at SERDP meeting in Washington, DC

        February

        • Prof. Vlahos presents at ASLO in Granada, Spain
        • Kristin Raub receives Knauss Fellowship!!! Congratulations Kristin
        • Alison Staniec receives Outstanding Scholar Award!!! Woohoo

        January

        • Rick Smith’s paper accepted in Environmental Science & Technology
        • Mark Ballantine’s paper accepted in  Environmental Contamination & Toxicology