Scott Fendorf's 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. Dr. Fendorf 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. Dr. Fendorf is particularly interested in chemical environments and reactions involving contaminants and nutrients.