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Loretta A. Fernandez

473 Snell Engineering
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
  • SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
  • BS, Northeastern University, 2002
  • BA, Tufts University, 1993

Research & Scholarship Interests

Environmental organic chemistry; passive sampling methods for organic contaminants in water and sediments; transport, transformation, and biological exchange of organic contaminants in the environment
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Project of the Year, Co-Performer (2011)
  • National Research Council, Research Associateship (2010)
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship (2003-2006)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Tau Beta Pi

Selected Publications

  • M.M. Perron, R.M. Burgess, M.G. Cantwell, L. Fernandez, Evaluating Cost When Selecting Performance Reference Compounds for the Environmental Deployment of Polyethylene Passive Samplers, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 11(2), 2015, 256-265
  • L. Fernandez, P.M. Gschwend, Predicting Bioaccumulation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soft-shelled Clams (Mya arenaria) Using Field Deployments of Polyethylene Passive Samplers, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 34(5), 2015, 993-1000
  • L. Fernandez, W. Lao, K. A. Maruya, R. M. Burgess, Calculating the Diffusive Flux of Persistent Organic Pollutants Between Sediments and the Water Column on the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site Using Polymeric Passive Samplers, Environmental Science & Technology, 48, 2014, 3925-3924

Related News

October 27, 2014

Northeastern’s Chi Epsilon students participated in the annual CANstruction competition, a competition where students build large structures made entirely of canned goods.

July 25, 2014

Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Marine and Environmental Sciences, was featured in News@Northeastern for her research on water pollution testing.

June 30, 2014

Some of the toxins found in our air and water­ways were put there inten­tion­ally: DDT, for instance, was intro­duced to pro­tect against malaria and other insect-​​borne dis­eases. Others find their way into the envi­ron­ment unintentionally.