Elizabeth Phillips

MASc student
University of Toronto

I completed a B.Sc Honours in Environmental Geology at Queen’s University in 2015. As a part of this degree, I completed an undergraduate thesis in environmental geochemistry. My undergraduate thesis was a geochemical analysis of colloids in mine tailing from an antimony mine and the role that this plays in releasing metal concentrations in the water through sorption. Through my undergraduate degree, I developed strong interests in environmental geochemistry, isotope geochemistry and hydrogeology.

I am currently enrolled in an MASc program at the University of Toronto where I work in the Stable Isotope Lab. My research involves monitoring the extent of biodegradation of organic contaminants using Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA). Using CSIA, I am hoping to improve the understanding of the reaction mechanism of biodegradation of chloroform.