Senior Fellow, By Courtesy - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor - Environmental Earth System Science
Senior Fellow, by Courtesy
Freshwater, Public Health
Scott Fendorf's research seeks to define processes (chemical, biological, and hydrological) that drive the cycling and fate of trace elements (e.g. arsenic, chromium, uranium) within soils, sediments, and surface waters. His research uses molecular-level techniques to define the processes under study and to examine time-dependent (kinetic) factors. Dr. Fendorf studies chemical environments that develop as a result of both biotic and abiotic processes, and strives to account for the physical complexity and hydrology of natural settings. Dr. Fendorf is particularly interested in chemical environments and reactions involving contaminants and nutrients.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
"Dig deep" to avoid naturally occurring arsenic contamination has been promoted as an answer to obtaining safe water in South Asia, which has experienced mass water poisoning. But arsenic has been found in numerous deep wells drilled in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. Scientists, including three Stanford Woods Institute-affiliated researchers suggest that the contamination occurs as arsenic is squeezed from ancient clay sediments surrounding the wells.