Dr. Laurel Dodgen

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Career Interest

Researching the environmental fate and behavior of anthropogenic organic compounds.
Protecting human and environmental health through monitoring and management.


University of California, Riverside, Ph.D.
Environmental Toxicology Program, Environmental Science Department
2009 – 2014
Dissertation: Behavior and Fate of PPCP/EDCs in Soil-Plant Systems
Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Jay Gan

King College, B.S.
Biology, Chemistry minor, Honors Fellow
2003 - 2007


  1. Dodgen LK, Li J, Parker D, Gan JJ. Uptake and Accumulation of Four PPCP/EDCs in Two Leafy Vegetables. Env. Poll., 2013, 182, 150-156.

  2. Dodgen LK, Li J, Wu X, Lu Z, Gan JJ. Transformation and removal pathways of four common PPCP/EDCs in soil. Env. Poll., 2014, 193, 29-36.

  3. Li J, Dodgen LK, Ye Qingfu Y, Gan Jay. Degradation Kinetics and Metabolites of Carbamazepine in Soil. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2013, 47 (8), 3678–3684.

  4. Wright L, Devitt DA, Young MH, Gan J, Vanderford BJ, Snyder SA, McCullough M, Dodgen L. Fate and Transport of 13 Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in a Controlled and Irrigated Turfgrass System. Agron. J., 2012, 104 (5), 1224-1254.


Water, soil, and plant extraction for trace organic compounds; environmental sampling; high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC); mass-spectrometry detection (MS); tandem MS detection (MS-MS); ultraviolet detection (UV); 14C-labeled compounds; metabolite identification; research design; R statistics package, including simple and multiple linear regression, ANOVA, and post-hoc tests; solid-phase extraction; hydroponic plant cultivation; soil characterization; environmental fate of organic contaminants

Research Collaborations

Participation in a research project involving 3 organizations that met deadlines for producing publications and delivering a report that advised stakeholders.

Competitively selected as a NIH/NIEHS trainee requiring significant research achievement and teamwork to produce progress reports.

Competitive Awards

Dissertation Year Program Fellowship, University of California Riverside 2014
Student Travel Grant Award, SETAC North America Annual Meeting 2012-2013
Best Student Presentation Award, SoCal SETAC Regional Annual Meeting 2012

Conference Presentations

UCR Environmental Toxicology Program Symposium 2011-2013
- Organizer
SETAC North America Annual Meeting 2012-2013
- Student Travel Grant Award
SoCal SETAC Regional Annual Meeting 2012
- Best Student Presentation Award
ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting 2011
- Presider
SoCal SETAC Regional Annual Meeting 2011

Teaching Experience

Mentor for high school science fair, 2011-2012

Teaching Assistant
- Introduction to Environmental Science: Environmental Quality, 2012 – 2013
- Organic Chemistry, 2006
- General Chemistry, 2005
- Literature, 2005 - 2006

Host for high school lab tours and visits, 2009-2013