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Dr. Knox
Dr. Anna Knox integrates mineralogy, geochemistry, agronomy, soil science, and ecology in her interdisciplinary studies.

Environmental Science and Biotechnology

SRNL scientists and engineers have a long track record of applied research and engineering leading to the development of innovative, cost-effective solutions for urgent national and global environmental issues. SRNL uses its expertise in ecological, geological and atmospheric sciences, microbiology, molecular biology, immunochemistry, advanced bioanalytical instrumentation and engineering to protect human health and the environment, manage and mitigate environmental risks, and restore habitat.

Ecology and Environmental Risk Management
SRNL provides major support for ecological characterization, impact analysis and mitigation. The development of rapid assessment methodologies, combined with application of ecological principles, facilitates solutions that both minimize project costs and provide effective mitigation and monitoring strategies. This support also includes biological toxicity evaluations, remote sensing applications, and wetland restoration and treatment systems

SRNL applies multidisciplinary expertise in managing and mitigating environmental risk. From analysis of stressors, to contaminant transport through all media, to identification and analysis of receptors, SRNL scientists identify the most appropriate interventions to preserve and enhance environmental health. An emerging concept that holds great promise for dealing with contaminated governmental and industrial sites is risk-based ecological remediation. SRNL maintains and applies this expertise to support our customers in areas such as:

  • Characterization techniques
  • Remote sensing
  • Environmental transport in all media
  • Ecological and human health risk assessment
  • Mitigation and natural attenuation
  • Habitat restoration 
    Dr. Looney
    Dr. Brian Looney has developed environmental characterization and remediation technologies for organic contaminants, metals and radionuclides. He has received two R&D 100 Awards

Environmental Restoration
SRNL is committed to providing the best applied technical expertise and innovative, cost-effective technologies for environmental cleanup. We focus on protecting human health and the environment, reducing risk, minimizing impacts to the environment, and restoring and sustaining natural resources.

SRNL has received national and international recognition for innovative approaches to cleaning up the environment. Our approach is to select technologies that match the intensity of the problem, using different approaches for the source zone, the primary contaminant plume, and the dilute fringe. SRNL’s scientists and engineers focus on integrated, creative approaches to developing inexpensive yet robust technologies, drawing on our expertise in:

  • Characterization and data interpretation
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Remedy selection
  • Remedy performance evaluation and monitoring


Dr. Bagwell
Dr. Christopher Bagwell conducts molecular biology research in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

SRNL has extensive experience in the characterization, development, and deployment of bioremediation processes for a wide variety of contaminants that commonly plague our environment. SRNL has produced cost-effective, award-winning technologies that have been demonstrated throughout the DOE complex and internationally. Primary areas of expertise include microbiology, microbial ecology, molecular biology, immunochemistry, advanced bioanalytical instrumentation, and engineering. Our biotechnology capabilities include:

  • Bioremediation
  • Microbial characterization
  • Phytoremediation
  • Biofilms
  • Biodetection/biosensors


Last updated: March 23, 2009

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