Dr. Brett Sallach is an Environmental Chemist and lecturer in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York. His research interest is in the exposure, fate, bioavailability and impacts of chemicals in the environment, with particular interest in the agroecosystem. Brett started in the department as a Marie Curie Research Fellow (2017-2019) studying the impacts of environmentally relevant mixtures of antibiotics on soil-plant systems. Prior to York, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Michigan State University where he studied the bioavailability of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) in soils and sediments and the potential for sorbent amendments in remediation of PCDD contamination. Brett earned his BSc, MSc, & Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where his research focused on the fate and uptake of antibiotics in the soil-plant system.
His most recent research focuses on the source-receptor approach to evaluating the impacts of pharmaceutical exposure on soil health and crop productivity using a combination of targeted, non-targeted suspect screening, and accurate mass metabolomics. In addition, he has ongoing projects using novel analytical techniques and instrumentation in investigating the transformation processes of pharmaceuticals in the environment.