Daniel Burgard

Associate Professor

Dan BurgardDan Burgard is interested in environmental monitoring and analysis of air and water. He works in the emerging field of analyzing waste water to quantify trace levels of pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs, and has been measuring changes in the use of recreational marijuana through monitoring of public waste water in western Washington state. His work has attracted coverage in media including NPR’s Marketplace, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Discovery Channel, Associate Press, Environmental News and Health, and The Seattle Times. Other projects have included roadside remote sensing of the effects of diesel particulate retrofit products on bus tailpipe emissions, and remote sensing of personal and commercial boat emissions. He has measured cars, semi-trailer trucks, and snowmobiles in the U.S. and internationally with a light beam sensor he helped to develop. Marine vessel pollution is becoming recognized as an issue for ports, and his research effort is one of the first in the field to attempt to obtain “real world” data on emissions. Burgard teaches courses on analytical chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, and instrumental analysis. Articles include the co-authored "Improving Wastewater-based Epidemiology to Estimate Cannabis Use" in Analytica Chimica Acta (2017); “Potential Trends in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Drug Use on a College Campus:  Wastewater Analysis of Amphetamine and Ritalinic Acid,” in Science of the Total Environment (2013); and “Remote Sensing of Emissions from In-Use Small Engine Marine Vessels,” in Environmental Science & Technology (2011). He has been researching a project tentatively titled “The Effect of Legalized Marijuana on its Consumption: A Study of Tacoma Wastewater.”


B.A., Colorado College, 1996; Ph.D., University of Denver, 2006

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