February 26, 2024

Scientists issue warning after discovering cancer-causing contaminants in major waterways: ‘This is a really big deal’ (MSN)

Frankel Shares Opinion on Pollution in ‘Inside Climate News’

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel contributed to an article titled “Advocates Celebrate a Legal Win Against U.S. Navy’s Staggering Pollution in the Potomac River. A Lack of Effective Regulation Could Dampen the Spirit” in Inside Climate News. “There is a distinct lack of field studies designed to confirm these predictions through the collection and analysis of water, sediment and fish tissue samples from the upper, middle and lower ‘danger zones’ as designated by the Naval Surface Warfare Center,” Frankel said. Read more.

Frankel’s Environmental Research Catches Media Attention

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Research led by Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel was recently featured in an article titled “Cancer-causing metals leak into water near coal ash landfills,” which was featured in Earth News and Mirage News. Researchers from the University of Mary Washington have discovered alarming levels of cancer-causing metals in both the sediments and fish of a Chesapeake Bay tributary situated near a coal ash landfill. This research, led by Dr. Tyler Frankel, highlights previously overlooked dangers posed by trace metal contamination in aquatic ecosystems. Read more in Earth News and in Mirage News.

Cancer-causing metals leak into water near coal ash landfills (Earth News; Mirage News)

Frankel, Giancarlo, Kisilia, Students Publish in ‘Environmental Pollution’

A study titled “Assessing the presence, concentration, and impacts of trace element contamination in a Chesapeake Bay tributary adjacent to a coal ash landfill (Possum Point, VA)” by Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel, Associate Professor of Chemistry Leanna Giancarlo and Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ben Kisilia, along with UMW students, was published in the journal Environmental Pollution. Read the article.

The study also was publicized by Potomac Riverkeeper Network. Read more.

Frankel Provides Plenary Talk for FMC R&D Expo

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel was invited to provide the opening plenary talk at the FMC Corporation R&D Expo in June 2023. Held at the Delaware Stine Research Facility, this two-day event gathered FMC scientists from around the world to learn about the latest innovations, share ideas and celebrate the company’s achievements. Frankel’s talk, titled “Developing and Applying Sensitive Methods To Assess Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” provided an overview of his ecotoxicology program over the last decade and highlighted the exciting research and collaborations currently being conducted alongside undergraduates at the University of Mary Washington. Dr. Frankel is also a recipient of the 2022 FMC New Investigator Award, which provides $50,000 in funds to support his research program.

Frankel, UMW Co-Authors Publish in Prestigious Scientific Journal

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel and co-authors Associate Professor Leanna Giancarlo and Professor Ben Kisila, both of the Department of Chemistry and Physics; Professor of Math Debra Hydorn; and recent graduate Catherine Crowell ’22 published an article in Chemosphere based on research conducted at the University of Mary Washington. Titled “Investigating the potential impacts of coal ash runoff on the freshwater Seminole ramshorn snail (Planorbella duryi) under laboratory conditions,” this work identifies the potential impacts of a high volume of industrial waste on the survival, behavior, embryonic development and growth of a common freshwater snail. With an impact factor of 8.943 and CiteScore of 11.8, Chemosphere is one of the most competitive ecotoxicology journals that requires a high level of novelty, significance and impact in accepted papers. Support for the project was provided by the UMW Undergraduate Research Grant Program and a Morris Animal Foundation First Award Wildlife Grant (D22ZO-308). Read the article.

Frankel Receives $50,000 FMC Research Award

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel  is the winner of a 2022 FMC New Investigator Award of $50,000 for his research on sub-lethal effects on aquatic invertebrates. FMC praised Dr. Frankel’s work with undergrad students in his research.

Frankel Receives Prestigious First Award Wildlife Grant by Morris Animal Foundation

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Tyler Frankel has been awarded a $92,037 First Award Wildlife Grant by the Morris Animal Foundation. Designed to assist early career scientists in establishing a successful research program, the funds from this award will support an intensive two-year project examining the impacts of Virginia coal ash repositories on freshwater wetlands using cutting-edge toxicology and environmental DNA (eDNA) methods. Included in the grant are Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ben Kisila and Associate Professor of Chemistry Leanna Giancarlo, who will serve as faculty mentors.