I’m queer and I’m an environmental toxicologist. //

I’m studying how heavy-metal pollution affects the Antarctic environment. Although considered pristine, over 100 years of human presence has left a toxic legacy, particularly around research stations. I apply chemistry, biology, and toxicology to assess the risk of this pollution and predict its toxicity in the environment. The tools and information I’m developing will help environmental managers make decisions to protect this unique environment. When I’m not sciencing you can find me out hiking or volunteering with my local emergency service. I’ve been privileged to have a supportive network of mentors, family, and friends. I hope being visible and counted shows others less supported in life that they have a place and community that they belong to.

Twitter: @darrenkoppel