Carla Koretsky

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Carla M. Koretsky
Dean of the Lee Honors College and Professor of Geosciences
(269) 387-3230
1086 Lee Honors College, Mail Stop 5244
Mailing address: 
Lee Honors College
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5244 USA
  • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1998
  • M.S., The Johns Hopkins University, 1995
  • B.A., Washington University, 1992
Research interests: 
  • Aqueous Geochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry

Dr. Carla Koretsky is professor of aqueous geochemistry and biochemistry in the Department of Geosciences and dean of the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University. Koretsky seeks to integrate field, laboratory and modeling studies of mineral-water-biological interactions near the earth's surface. Recently, her student research team has worked to develop thermodynamic models to quantify metal adsorption on natural and mineral assemblages. Her research group also studied the influence of road salt on urban lake biogeochemistry.

Koretsky’s research has been supported by:

  • American Chemical Society
  • Department of Energy
  • National Science Foundation
  • Petroleum Research Fund
  • Office of Naval Research

Selected peer-refereed publications:

  • Komarek M., Koretsky C.M., Stephen K.J.*, Alessi D.S. and Chrastny V. (2015) Competitive adsorption of Cd(II), Cr(VI) and Pb(II) onto nano-maghemite: a spectroscopic and modeling approach. Environmental Science and Technology, in press.
  • Sibert R.J.*, Koretsky C.M. and Wyman D.A.** (2015) Cultural meromixis: effects of road salt on the chemical stratification of an urban kettle lake. Chemical Geology, 395, 126-137.
  • Kim, S.Y. and Koretsky C.M. (2013) Effects of road salt deicers on the biogeochemistry of lake sediments. Biogeochemistry, 112, 343-358.
  • Koretsky C.M., MacLeod A.**, Sibert R.** and Snyder C.** (2012) Redox stratification and salinization of three kettle lakes in southwest Michigan, USA. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 223, 1415-1427. 
  • Reich T.** and Koretsky C.M. (2011) Cr(VI) adsorption on g-alumina in the presence and absence of CO2: comparison of surface complexation models. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75, 7006-7017.