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Loretta A. Fernandez

Loretta A. FernandezAssistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Marine Science Center
473 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Tel: (617) 373 - 5461
Fax: (617) 373 - 4419


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
  • S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
  • B.S., Northeastern University, 2002
  • B.A., Tufts University, 1993


  • Environmental organic chemistry
  • Passive sampling methods for organic contaminants in water and sediments
  • Transport, transformation, and biological exchange of organic contaminants in the environment

Honors and 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)

Selected Publications:

  • Fernandez, L. A., Lau, W., Maruya, K. A., White, C., and Burgess, R. M. Passive sampling to measure baseline dissolved persistent organic pollutant concentrations in the water column of the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund site. Environmental Science & Technology 2012, 46, 11937-11947.
  • Fernandez, L. A., Harvey, C. F. and Gschwend, P. M. Using performance reference compounds in polyethylene passive samplers to deduce sediment porewater concentrations for numerous target chemicals. Environmental Science & Technology 2009, 43, 8888-8894.
  • Fernandez, L. A., MacFarlane, J. K., Tcaciuc, A. P. and Gschwend, P. M. Measurement of Freely Dissolved PAH Concentrations in Sediment Beds Using Passive Sampling with Low-Density Polyethylene Strips. Environmental Science & Technology 2009, 43, 1430-1436.
  • Adams, R. G., Lohmann, R., Fernandez, L. A., MacFarlane, J. K. and Gschwend, P. M. Polyethylene devices: Passive samplers for measuring dissolved hydrophobic organic compounds in aquatic environments. Environmental Science & Technology 2007, 41, 1317-1323.
  • Sheahan, T. C., A.N. Alshawabkeh, L.A. Fernandez and K.S. Henry (2003). "A Reactive Geocomposite to Remediate Contaminated, Subaqueous Sediments," Contaminated Sediments: Characterization, Evaluation, Mitigation/Restoration, and Management Strategy Performance, ASTM STP 1442, J. Locat, R. Galvez-Cloutier, R. C. Chaney and K. Demars, eds., ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, pp. 236-250.

Professional Affiliations:

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