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Jennifer T. McGuire

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

Spring 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 361 - 01 Medical Geology M - W - F 0935 - 1040 OSS 122
CRN: 22457 4 Credit Hours This course explores the effects of geologic materials and processes on human health. Topics include exposure to or deficiency of trace metals and minerals, inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts and volcanic emissions; transportation, modification and concentration of organic compounds; and exposure to radionuclide's, microbes and pathogens in various geologic settings. The knowledge and skills covered in this course will provide an understanding of the geological and biological processes controlling various health concerns and thus provides a preparation to contribute to important societal questions. Prerequisite: A minimum of C- in BIOL 209
BIOL 361 - 52 Medical Geology Lab - T - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379
CRN: 22459 0 Credit Hours This course explores the effects of geologic materials and processes on human health. Topics include exposure to or deficiency of trace metals and minerals, inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts and volcanic emissions; transportation, modification and concentration of organic compounds; and exposure to radionuclide's, microbes and pathogens in various geologic settings. The knowledge and skills covered in this course will provide an understanding of the geological and biological processes controlling various health concerns and thus provides a preparation to contribute to important societal questions. Prerequisite: A minimum of C- in BIOL 209
ESCI 310 - 01 Environmental Problem Solving - T - - - 0830 - 1130 OSS 120
CRN: 21069 4 Credit Hours This course explores methods of solving environmental problems. These problems are by nature, interdisciplinary and are rarely addressed in a substantive fashion in traditional science textbooks. In this course, students and faculty work together to develop a working model of a critical earth system or biogeochemical cycle (i.e. the carbon or nitrogen cycle), and learn how to make calculations of human-induced changes to that system. Students from all concentrations of the environmental science major will work together on this interdisciplinary research project using modeling and systems analysis software to more fully understand specific environments and the quantitative methods of assessing challenges to those environments. This course should be taken by all ESCI students during their junior year. Prerequisite: Environmental Science majors should have completed BIOL 204, CHEM 201, or GEOL 211/252. Environmental Studies (ENVR) majors that wish to take this course need to have completed one course each from BIOL, CHEM and GEOL.
ESCI 310 - 51 Envr. Problem Solving / Lab - - W - - 1330 - 1630 OSS 120
CRN: 21666 0 Credit Hours This course explores methods of solving environmental problems. These problems are by nature, interdisciplinary and are rarely addressed in a substantive fashion in traditional science textbooks. In this course, students and faculty work together to develop a working model of a critical earth system or biogeochemical cycle (i.e. the carbon or nitrogen cycle), and learn how to make calculations of human-induced changes to that system. Students from all concentrations of the environmental science major will work together on this interdisciplinary research project using modeling and systems analysis software to more fully understand specific environments and the quantitative methods of assessing challenges to those environments. This course should be taken by all ESCI students during their junior year. Prerequisite: Environmental Science majors should have completed BIOL 204, CHEM 201, or GEOL 211/252. Environmental Studies (ENVR) majors that wish to take this course need to have completed one course each from BIOL, CHEM and GEOL.
GEOL 461 - 01 Medical Geology M - W - F 0935 - 1040 OSS 122
CRN: 22590 4 Credit Hours This course explores the effects of geologic materials and processes on human health. Topics include exposure to or deficiency of trace metals and minerals, inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts and volcanic emissions; transportation, modification and concentration of organic compounds; and exposure to radionuclide's, mibrobes and pathogens in various geologic settings. The knowledge and skills covered in this course will provide an understanding of the geological and biological processes controlling various health concerns and thus provides a preparation to contribute to important societal questions. Prerequisites: GEOL 310 or ESCI 310 or permission of the instructor NOTE: Students who receive credit for GEOL 161 may not receive credit for GEOL 461
GEOL 461 - 51 Medical Geology/Lab - T - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 379
CRN: 22591 0 Credit Hours This course explores the effects of geologic materials and processes on human health. Topics include exposure to or deficiency of trace metals and minerals, inhalation of ambient and anthropogenic mineral dusts and volcanic emissions; transportation, modification and concentration of organic compounds; and exposure to radionuclide's, mibrobes and pathogens in various geologic settings. The knowledge and skills covered in this course will provide an understanding of the geological and biological processes controlling various health concerns and thus provides a preparation to contribute to important societal questions. Prerequisites: GEOL 310 or ESCI 310 or permission of the instructor NOTE: Students who receive credit for GEOL 161 may not receive credit for GEOL 461

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
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Fall 2014 Courses

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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.