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Kathy Conn

Hydrologist and Water Quality Specialist for the Washington Water Science Center

My research focuses on the occurrence, fate, and transport of contaminants in the aquatic environment. Recent activities and interests include:

- Developing novel field methods to quantify fluvial sediment-bound chemical concentrations and fluxes from rivers to Puget Sound 

- Entry and movement of urban contaminants in nearshore coastal environments 

- Monitoring of legacy contaminants (e.g., PCBs and metals), emerging contaminants (e.g., microplastics and endocrine-disrupting chemicals), and microbial contaminants (e.g., bacteria, viruses, and fecal indicators) in aquatic resources with implications for ecological and human health

- Providing technical guidance for water-quality projects, including study design, data quality, and dissemination