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Julie LaBar

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    Position: Post Doctorate Fellow

    Department: Environmental Engineering

    Office: Science Center 035F

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    814.472.3951

    About Dr. Julie LaBar

    Dr. Julie LaBar received her BS, MS, and PhD in environmental science from the University of Oklahoma. She began her career in research and education as an undergraduate, working in both rural and urban NSF-funded K-12 programs, with an emphasis on teaching STEM subjects from a real-world and practical perspective.

    Dr. LaBar’s graduate research focused on generation of trace metals contamination due to mining waste leachate and treatment of mine drainage using vertical flow bioreactors. Her doctoral research specifically looked at the impact of ionic strength on the bioavailability and stability of trace metal removal products in the bioreactors. Her current research and teaching focus on understanding and communicating the impacts of resource extraction on the surrounding environment and communities.

    In her role as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. LaBar has taught laboratory and field measurements courses. In addition, she has provided technical assistance to environmental consultants and local watershed groups, with the goal of incorporating the projects into the classroom and providing students with real problems to solve and real work to perform.