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Sarah Jane White, Ph.D.

Sarah Jane White is a Research Chemist with the USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals (GEM) Science Center in Reston, VA.

Sarah Jane studies the biogeochemical cycling of metals that are critical in emerging energy technologies but whose environmental behavior and impacts remain largely unknown. She is interested in metal transport and speciation in natural ecosystems, and its intersection with contaminant fate & transport, industrial ecology, and human health. Since joining the USGS in 2017, her focus has been on the cycling of indium, gallium, and germanium during the mining and processing of zinc ores (of which they are a byproduct), with a goal of understanding the full life cycle of these elements from ore formation, through mining and processing, to their subsequent behavior and potential health impacts when released to the environment.