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Research Fellowships

Flood Induced Contaminants Fate and Transport and Exposure Risks in Vulnerable Communities

EPA Office of Research and Development

EPA National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) & Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Opportunities

Opportunity Title:

Flood Induced Contaminants Fate and Transport and Exposure Risks in Vulnerable Communities 

Research Area:

Sustainable and Healthy Communities

EPA Lab/Center/Office:

Center for Environmental Measurement & Modeling, Office of Research and Development


Research Triangle Park, NC


12 months

Brief Summary:

Recent published studies have shown that high-flow events can induce undesired transport of contaminated sediments into surrounding areas (e.g., rivers, water reservoirs, private wells, etc.) and result in elevated levels of contaminants in the vicinity of Superfund sites. This research opportunity takes a system approach to focus on environmental fate/transport of regulated or emerging contaminants due to flood and its near-field exposures.  The research results can be submitted for peer-review publications.  The results could be applied to contaminant clean-up guidelines for vulnerable communities.

Opportunity Description:

The graduate research intern will be able to work with US EPA researchers on coupling contaminant source models and hydrology (soil) models, developing flood vulnerability indicators for contaminated sites, working with EPA EnviroAtlas and other GIS based resources, Regions. EnviroAtlas is an online tool giving users the ability to view, analyze, and download geospatial data and other resources. Working with EPA Regions to provide innovative and practical science-based solutions to inform decision making such as remedial actions, resampling plan.

Opportunities for Professional Development:

This internship provides the graduate a professional experience to understand how environmental science can be used to support CERLA and RCRA goals for public health decision making

Point of Contact or Mentor:

Dr. Pai-Yei Whung (