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Scott Fendorf

Scott Fendorf

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Professor, Earth System Science
Department of Earth System Science
BS, Soil Science, California Polytechnic State University
MS, Soil Chemistry, University of California
PhD, Soil & Environmental Chemistry, University of Delaware


Scott Fendorf is the Terry Huffington Professor of Earth Systems Science, senior associate dean for academic affairs, and a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment. He received a PhD in soil & environmental chemistry from the University of Delaware.

His research seeks to define processes (chemical, biological, and hydrological) that drive the cycling and fate of trace elements (e.g. arsenic, chromium, uranium) within soils, sediments, and surface waters. His research uses molecular-level techniques to define the processes under study and to examine time-dependent (kinetic) factors. He studies chemical environments that develop as a result of both biotic and abiotic processes, and strives to account for the physical complexity and hydrology of natural settings. He is particularly interested in chemical environments and reactions involving contaminants and nutrients.