Dr. Babyak teaches Introductory, Analytical, and Environmental Chemistry classes at Appalachian State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from West Virginia University (WVU) under the guidance of Dr. Ronald B. Smart. Her research involved the development of electrochemical methods for the detection mercury emitted from coal-burning power plants. Prior to her work at WVU, Dr. Babyak was an AmeriCorps member, and worked with coal mine drainage in southwestern Pennsylvania. Dr. Babyak received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College, in Latrobe, PA, where she was mentored by Dr. Caryle Fish. Dr. Babyak has been at Appalachian since August, 2004.
I am an analytical chemist who studies water quality and other related environmental problems. My research includes environmental monitoring of and method development for both organic and inorganic pollutants. My students spend most of their time in the lab, but they also spend time in the field collecting environmental samples. I am particularly interested in the following research areas:
• Measurement of bioavailable metal concentrations in natural waters using electrochemical methods
• Development of passive sampling methods to detect low concentrations of estrogens in natural waters
• Long-term monitoring of urbanized and agricultural watersheds
• Development of novel applications to measure metal concentrations in challenging matrices using ICP/OES (inductively coupled plasma/optical emission spectroscopy)
I am also interested in chemistry education research, in particular development of experiments based on problem based learning pedagogy.
Title: Associate Professor, Environmental Science
Department: Department of Chemistry
Email address: Email me
Phone: (828) 262-2756