Daniel Burgard, PhD
Ocean-Going Ship Emissions
Using a ground-based remote sensing device we were the first to measure emissions from individual ocean-going ships. Here they passed under the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, BC.
Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks
Recent emissions regulations to diesel vehicles in 2007 and 2010 have forced trucks to be cleaner in the laboratory. We use the remote sensor to see if the emissions reductions are on road.
Drugs in Wastewater
Students are prescribed medications such as Adderall for their ADHD but what about students who use the medication as a "Study Drug"? We test campus wastewater to determine this trend.
Associate Professor, Chemistry
BA, Colorado College, 1996
PhD, University of Denver, 2006
Analytical, Environmental, Instrumental
Dan is interested in environmental analyses and monitoring of air and water. Projects with Puget Sound students have included remote sensing measurements of in-use emissions from vehicles such as cars, trucks, school buses, transit buses, trains, and boats (small personal vessels, commercial vessels and ocean-going vessels) both in the U.S. and internationally. Water analyses include quantifying trace levels of pharmaceuticals in wastewater. Dan teaches Chemical Analysis and Equilibrium (Chem 230), and Instrumental Analysis (Chem 330).
Dan completed his undergraduate degree at Colorado College and then taught at a Denver area high school before returning to do graduate work at the University of Denver under the direction of Donald Stedman. Dan joined the Chemistry Department at Puget Sound in 2006.