Nicholas is a first-year Master’s student in the Department of Biological Sciences at SCSU. Nicholas’s research spans the divide of laboratory and field studies of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). Applying highly controlled laboratory assessment techniques, Nicholas is examining multigenerational long-term impacts of agricultural CECs on aquatic species using Fathead Minnow and Bluegill Sunfish. To mimic natural conditions as closely as possible, he is using analytical chemistry and biological data, that he gathered during two-consecutive years of field studies, to assess the effects of a mixture of agricultural chemicals on these aquatic organisms. Nicholas earned dual degrees, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biology, from the University of St. Thomas in 2015.
The SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award is named in honor of Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Black’s commitment to environmental science and his major contributions to SETAC and EA. Jeff was a charter and avid member of SETAC, and directed EA’s biology laboratory for many years. Soon after his passing in 1998, EA collaborated with SETAC North America to establish the Jeff Black Fellowship Award in remembrance of Jeff’s strong combination of scientific expertise and mentorship of young professionals.