William H. Otto
Title: Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chairperson, Environmental and Biological Sciences Division
Location: 107a Science Building
116 O'Brien Ave
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- CHY 101 General Chemistry I
- CHY 102 General Chemistry II
- ENV 114 Environmental Studies: Issues and Actions
- CHY 234 Environmental Chemistry
- CHY 224 Analytical Chemistry
- ENV 112 Environmental Issues
- ENV 201 Applications in Sustainability
- MAT 012 Beginning Algebra
I am an analytical chemist by training, with a very strong focus on the environment. I currently am interested in environmental monitoring with a focus on the Downeast rivers that are home to the endangered Atlantic Salmon. I regularly incorporate chemical monitoring of the rivers and ocean in courses. We have monitored pH of the rivers, demonstrating episodic acid rain events that may be impairing the survival of Atlantic Salmon.
I also have a very strong interest in energy. At UMM, I have guided several student projects that focused on energy. In 2004-2005 as part of an EPA P3 funded project, I worked with a student group identifying what green features would be feasibly incorporated into a new building at UMM. In 2007-2009, I have worked with students in developing the greenhouse gas inventory for UMM. This was the focus of the project oriented Environmental Studies:Issues and Actions course I taught Spring 2009. I am also involved in the campus sustainability committee.
I am currently the project manager for an infrastructure grant,received from the Maine Technology Institute, to renovate a laboratory for undergraduate marine research. I have worked as the undergraduate thesis advisor for a student assessing the nutrient levels in the Machias River Estuary to investigate potential anthropogenic impacts, including the town wastewater treatment plant or the dike on the Middle River. This summer I am helping monitor water quality and human activities in the Taunton Bay area (see here for more details).
I am also involved in developing electronic learning modules. One for an introduction to statistics can be found on the Analytical Sciences Digital Library site while one covering Ion Chromatography is being developed.
This page last modified on 07-20-2009