Another east coaster in the group, Icompleted my undergrad in Environmental Chemistry at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Afterwards the draw of playing with expensive high tech instruments brought me to the University of Waterloo to do a Masters in Analytical Chemistry in Dr Janusz Pawliszyn’s research group. My work focused on using solid phase microextraction and thin-film microextraction to look at polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in environmental water samples such as Lake Ontario. Also, I worked with the Canadian Water Network to study drinking water samples for various volatile organic compounds and disinfection byproducts. My current research involves method development, extraction, analysis and detection of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, endocrine distuptors and other emerging contaminants throughout the Grand River watershed, in waste water treatment plants, in drinking water treatment plants and various other matrices.