Maria holds a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Rutgers University and a master of science in engineering geology from Drexel University. Maria's professional experience in the environmental field ranges from applications of analytical soil and water chemistry to multiple facets of environmental consulting. Her focus of interest has been the behavior and interaction of inorganic and organic pollutants in the environment. Maria has been teaching at Penn since 2002 and is currently the Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs in Earth & Environmental Science.
This course covers the chemical quality of surface and subsurface-waters, both natural and polluted. The focus is on the chemistry of soil and groundwater. Topics covered include organic contaminants, adsorption, precipitation, oxidation-reduction, heavy metals, contaminant transport, and reaction modeling.
This course covers aspects of air pollution at the local, regional and global levels. It focuses on the source, fate and transport of air pollutants, and the environmental and health effects of air pollutants. Additional issues covered include air quality criteria, and engineering controls.