Rediscovering Our Toxic Legacy – A Tale of DDT

Barrels of toxic waste dumped at sea

Thursday, November 18, 2021
4:30 p.m. PT




Check out this video to watch the Rediscovering Our Toxic Legacy – A Tale of DDT.

Huxley Speaker Series

Brought to you by Huxley College of the Environment and College of Science and Engineering in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

The once common practice of dumping industrial wastes at sea has left untold numbers of contaminated sites behind. In this talk we will discuss the physical and chemical exploration of one such site off the coast of Southern California where hundreds of barrels of industrial waste have been discovered. What can we learn from this site about our past practices and where do we go from here?

More information about the speaker series is available here.

We are excited that we will be live-streaming from a WWU classroom for the webinar for our off-campus audience. Due to the pandemic, only WWU students will be in-person for the presentation but we look forward to welcoming you all to class virtually.

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Karin Lemkau

Karin Lemkau


Karin Lemkau is an assistant professor of Chemistry at Western Washington University and a core faculty member in the university’s Marine and Coastal Science (MACS) program. She teaches courses in oceanography and marine chemistry as well as analytical, instrumental, and organic chemistry. Her research focuses on the impact of humans on the environment through studying the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the coastal marine environment.

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Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Huxley Speaker Series. Send email to or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
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