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Jennifer T. McGuire

Professor of Biology
Degree
Ph.D.: Environmental Geoscience-Environmental Toxicology, Michigan State University
Office
Owens 369; Lab: Owens 254
Phone
(651) 962-5221
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5221
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

  • Environmental biogeochemistry
  • Coupled biogeochemical cycles in anaerobic terrestrial and aquatic environments
  • Low-temperature aqueous geochemistry
  • Chemical fate and transport
  • Applied environmental toxicology
  • Reactive multi-phase numerical modeling

Quantifying the means by which hydrogeologic, microbiologic, and geochemical processes combine to drive spatial and temporal variability in elemental cycles is a fundamental issue in addressing environmental concerns related to human health and long-term ecological sustainability. The biogeochemical cycling (fate and transport) of numerous chemical species, including nutrients and anthropogenic contaminants, are controlled by changes in the reduction-oxidation potential or redox state of a system. Many redox reactions including the degradation of organic contaminants and nutrient cycles are mediated by the metabolic activities of microorganisms. Microbial metabolism, through a series of terminal electron accepting processes (TEAPs), impacts the form, mobility, toxicity and persistence of many chemical constituents in aqueous systems. My research focuses on understanding the controls on the spatial and temporal variability of TEAPs which is necessary to evaluate health and safety concerns such as: chemical routes of exposure (risk assessment), natural attenuation and bioremediation capabilities, and the management of redox sensitive environments such as wetlands and estuaries.

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 491 - I1 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23118 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jennifer T. McGuire Same as for BIOL 493 and 494, except that written research paper is not a formal research paper.

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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 01 Biology of Sustainability M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OWS LL54
CRN: 41272 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jennifer T. McGuire Influences of humans on the global environment has reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: CHEM 112, plus one of C- or better in BIOL 208, or any 100-level GEOL

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BIOL 209 - 03 Biology of Sustainability M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OWS LL54
CRN: 41274 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Jennifer T. McGuire Influences of humans on the global environment has reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: CHEM 112, plus one of C- or better in BIOL 208, or any 100-level GEOL

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