Keri Hornbuckle, PhD


Dr. Keri Hornbuckle is director (principal investigator) of the Iowa Superfund Research Program and Donald Bentley Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. In addition to general oversight of the ISRP, Dr. Hornbuckle fills the following roles.

Leader, Administrative Core
Dr. Hornbuckle is responsible for all aspects of the Superfund Project. She provides coordination and facilitates interactions among researchers within the program projects and cores.

Leader, Analytical Core
Dr. Hornbuckle is responsible for all aspects of Analytical Core activities, including handling and extraction of samples and analysis by capillary gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography (HPLC), mass spectrometry, and various other analytical methods. Dr. Hornbuckle oversaw the development of automated air sample analysis Standard Operating Methods and methods for more specialized applications. She will consult directly with project leaders to refine analysis to maximize sensitivity and selectivity for PCBs and metabolites in various matrices.

Leader, Project 4
Dr. Hornbuckle's research concerns the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment. She is particularly interested in persistent organic pollutants, including PCBs and other legacy industrial pollutants, perfluorinated compounds related to the production of surface protectants, fragrances and other persistent chemicals in household products, and pollutants related to large-scale agriculture.