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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

  • B.D. Drollette, K. Hoelzer, N.R. Warner, T.H. Darrah, O. Karatum, M.P. O’Connor, R.K. Nelson, L.A. Fernandez, C.M. Reddy, A. Vengosh, R.B. Jackson, M. Elsner, D.L. Plata, Elevated Levels of Diesel Range Organic Compounds in Groundwater Near Marcellus Gas Operations are Derived from Surface Activities, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 112(43), 2015, 13184-13189
  • 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 3, 2017

The pilot study by CEE/COS Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez entitled “Laboratory and field pilot study on using polyethylene passive samplers to monitor potential PCB transport across the engineered cap at the Grasse River Superfund site” has received a $405K grant in collaboration with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center.from the Environmental Protection Agency.

July 24, 2017

COS/CEE Professor Mark Patterson, CEE/COS Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez, and CEE affiliated Professor Brian Helmuth were awarded a $300K NSF grant for "Tide gate modulation of wetland function: decision support through engineering best practices".

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.