342 Computer Court
Anderson, SC 29625-6510
Ph.D. Colorado School of Mines, 1990, Geochemistry
B.A. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1984, Geology & Chemistry
B.A. Indiana University, 1977, American Literature
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Dr. Lee's major teaching and research interests are the chemistry of environmentally significant organic compounds. Her specific research interests involve the fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), especially polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); pesticides; and petroleum.
Dr. Lee and her research group use enantioselective chromatography to understand the transformations and transport of chiral contaminants through soil, sediments, water, and biota. Chiral contaminants have stereoisomers that are non-superimposable mirror images, which often react at different rates while undergoing biological transformation. The difference in transformation rates provides insight about the fate of contaminants in natural systems.
Dr. Lee teaches CH 413 Chemistry of Aqueous Systems, EE&S 845 Organic Environmental Chemistry), EE&S 847 Advanced Environmental Chemistry, and EE&S 856 Pollution of the Aquatic Environment. She also helps coordinate the Biocomplexity Seminar which discusses current topics about the interactions of human and environmental systems.
For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.
EES 8450 Environmental Organic Chemistry
EES 8560 Pollution of the Aquatic Environment (Fall of even years)
EES 8470 Advanced Environmental Chemistry (Fall of odd years)
EES 8560 Pollution of the Aquatic Environment
EES 8830 Biocomplexity Seminar
CH 4130 Chemistry of Aqueous Systems
Selected Publications & Presentations
Dang, V.D., Walters, D.M., Lee, C.M., 2016. Assessing atmospheric concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls by evergreen Rhododendron maximum next to a contaminated stream. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 35, 2192–2198. doi:10.1002/etc.3404
Belinga, C. and Lee, C. M. 2016. "Plant Leaves Tissues' Role in Bioaccumulation of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)" Poster Presentation. Carolinas Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (CSETAC). Wilmington, NC. May 12-14, 2016.
Ranasinghe, P. and Lee, C. M. 2016. "Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) on Autism" Poster Presentation. Carolinas Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (CSETAC). Wilmington, NC. May 12-14, 2016.
Rollerson, C. and Lee, C. M. 2016. "Enantiomerization of Chiral Pesticides in Soil Systems" Poster Presentation. Carolinas Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (CSETAC). Wilmington, NC. May 12-14, 2016.
Belinga, C.; Dang, V. D.; and Lee, C. M. 2015. "Role of Plant Leaf Composition in Bioaccumulation of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)" Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Platform presentation, North America 36th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. November 1-5, 2015.
Mobley, C., Lee, C., Morse, J.C., Allen, J., Murphy, C., 2014. Learning about sustainability: an interdisciplinary graduate seminar in biocomplexity. Int. J. Sustain. High. Educ. 15, 16–33. doi:10.1108/IJSHE-09-2011-0063
Dang, V.D., Walters, D.M., Lee, C.M., 2013. Assessing ongoing sources of dissolved-phase polychlorinated biphenyls in a contaminated stream. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32, 535–540. doi:10.1002/etc.2106
Lee, C.M., Dang, V.D., Walters, D.M., 2012. Historical Changes in Polychlorinated Biphenyls Contaminated Sediments. Am. J. Environ. Sci. 8, 11–15.
Dang, V.D., Walters, D.M., Lee, C.M., 2010. Transformation of Chiral Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in a Stream Food Web †. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44, 2836–2841. doi:10.1021/es902227a
Lehmler, H.-J., Harrad, S.J., Hühnerfuss, H., Kania-Korwel, I., Lee, C.M., Lu, Z., Wong, C.S., 2010. Chiral Polychlorinated Biphenyl Transport, Metabolism, and Distribution: A Review †. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44, 2757–2766. doi:10.1021/es902208u
Awards & Honors
Editor, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
National Science Foundation, Environmental Sustainability Program Manager, 2006-2007/
Member, Environmental Engineering Committee, EPA Science Advisory Board, 2007-2010
Appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee, 2012- present.