Stephen MacAvoy

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Working in biogeochemistry and ecology, Professor MacAvoy has been particularly interested in how both nutrients and contaminants flow through, and are incorporated by, aquatic ecosystem components. Research and consulting activities have taken him to the Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon seeps, Barbados, 11 USA States, and other locations. Stephen MacAvoy obtained his PhD from the University of Virginia in 2000 and conducted post-doctoral work at the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty of American University in 2003 and became Chair of the Department of Environmental Science in 2016. Recent publications have appeared in Applied Geochemistry, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Ecological Engineering and Marine Mammal Science. He is currently conducting research on the inorganic and organic geochemistry of the Anacostia River, Washington DC USA.

Current Projects

• Assessing environmental contaminants in the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers

• Modeling the resilience of seep invertebrates to climate change