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Kevin Thorn

Kevin Thorn is an Emeritus Research Chemist in the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.

I was a Research Chemist in the Water Mission Area from 1982 to 2019, and was the lead for the Carbon and Nitrogen Biogeochemistry project in the former National Research Program, specializing in the application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to environmental and organic geochemistry.  Research topics include the structure and reactivity of soil and aquatic humic substances and natural organic matter (NOM), the environmental chemistry and bioremediation of nitroaromatic munitions, including 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), biodegradation of crude oil, the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen in soil and water, and soil aquifer treatment of reclaimed water.