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  • Tel: O: (303)384-2625 C: (303)588-6398
  • Email: ablaine@mines.edu
 
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Andrea Blaine, PhD, Research Assistant Professor

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Colorado School of Mines
    Golden, CO 80401
    USA

Education

  • Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado
  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Graduated: May 2014
  • M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Graduated: May 2012
  • Colorado State University Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • M.S. Horticulture, emphasis in Adult Education Graduated: December 1999
  • Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining, minor in Public Affairs Graduated: June 1997

Research

  • THE ROLE OF PLANTS IN OIL & GAS OPERATIONS
  • Andrea Blaine is conducting research that addresses the role of plants in water sustainability strategies used in energy development. The goal of this research is to determine how and to what extent plants can be used for beneficial purposes (water treatment, community aesthetics) at oil and gas sites and to what extent risk might be introduced via crops used as an agricultural recipient of treated produced water. Plants are remarkable organisms that naturally function as water and air filters, chemical reactors, insulators, and barriers to erosion; they are a critical part of the environment that have been largely removed from urban and industrial settings. Historical use of plants for phytoremediation provides much evidence of the important service that plants can provide in industrial settings like well sites which are hotspots for a myriad of pollutants. In addition, the mere presence of plants in a constructed wetland, on a green wall, or simply used for green infrastructure landscaping, have the potential to create an aesthetic buffer zone thus increasing community acceptance. On the other hand, because plants are able to take up contaminants, there is potential risk that unintended chemicals may enter the terrestrial food chain via agricultural irrigation using reclaimed water from oil and gas sites. This research is both challenging and exciting as it incorporates plant physiology, organic chemistry, the art and science of green infrastructure, and community values such as aesthetics and nature.

Interests

  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Plant Uptake of Emerging Contaminants
  • Teaching
  • Public Speaking
  • Environmental Organic Chemistry

Publications

  • Papers published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Hyland, K.; Blaine, A.C.; Higgins, C. P. Accumulation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Food Crops Part 2: Plant Distribution. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2015, 34 (10), 22222230. DOI:10.1002/etc.3068
  • Hyland, K.; Blaine, A.C.; Dickenson, E.R.V.; Higgins, C. P. Accumulation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Food Crops Part 1: Edible Strawberries and Lettuce Grown in reclaimed Water. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2015, 34 (10), 22132221. DOI:10.1002/etc.3066
  • Rich, C. D.; Blaine, A. C.; Higgins, C. P. Bioaccumulation of perfluoroalkyl acids by earthworms (Eisenia
  • fetida) exposed to contaminated soils. Environmental Science & Technology 2015, 49 (2), 881888. DOI:10.1021/es504152d
  • Blaine, A. C.; Rich, C. D.; Sedlacko E.M.; Hyland, K.; Stushnoff, C.; Dickenson, E.R.V.; Higgins, C. P. Perfluoroalkyl acid uptake in lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and strawberry (Fragaria ananassa) irrigated with reclaimed water. Environmental Science & Technology 2014, 48 (24), 1436114368. DOI:10.1021/es504150h
  • Blaine, A. C.; Rich, C. D.; Hundal, L. S.; Kumar, K.; Lau, C.; Mills, M. A.; Harris, K. M.; Higgins, C. P. Perfluoroalkyl acid distribution in various plant compartments of edible crops grown in biosolids-amended soils. Environmental Science & Technology 2014, 48 (14), 78587865. DOI:10.1021/es500016s
  • Blaine, A. C.; Rich, C. D.; Hundal, L. S.; Lau, C.; Mills, M. A.; Harris, K. M.; Higgins, C. P. Uptake of perfluoroalkyl acids into edible crops via land applied biosolids: Field and greenhouse studies. Environmental Science & Technology 2013, 47 (24), 1406214069. DOI:10.1021/es403094q
  • Reiner, J.; Blaine, A. C.; De Silva, A. O.; Higgins, C. P.; Huset, C.; Jenkins, T. M.; Kwadijk, C.; Lange, C. C.; Muir, D.; Reagen, W. K.; Rich, C.; Small, J. M.; Stryner, M. J.; Washington, J. W.; Yoo, H.; Keller, J. M. Polyfluorinated Substances in Abiotic Standard Reference Materials. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2013. DOI:10.1007/s00216-013-7330-2
  • Sepulvado, J. G.; Blaine, A. C.; Hundal, L. S.; Higgins, C. P. Occurrence and Fate of Perfluorochemicals in Soil Following the Land Application of Municipal Biosolids. Environmental Science & Technology 2011, 45 (19), 8106-8112. DOI: 10.1021/es103903d
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