PhD Research - Jon Conway

BS, Ecology & Evolution, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara

Jon Conway's primary research focus is on the interplay between terrestrial plants, soils, and a class of emerging pollutants: nanomaterials. Specifically, he studies how certain nanomaterials move through soil and are taken up by plants from the soil, and what effects they have on plant physiology and soil properties. One of Conway’s main goals in his research is to use plants and soils that mimic real systems as closely as possible so that the results of his work can provide powerful insights into the actual behavior of these pollutants in the environment. To that end, he is using nanomaterials that have a high probability of entering terrestrial ecosystems, such as titanium dioxide, cerium dioxide, and and copper-based nanoparticles, as well as plants and soils collected from field sites.

Year Admitted: 2011
Research Areas: Fate & Transport, Toxicology, Terrestrial Ecosystems, Nanotechnology
Faculty Advisor: Arturo Keller



Conway, J.R., Hanna, S.K., Lenihan, H.S., Keller, A.A. (2014). Effects and implications of trophic transfer and accumulation of CeO2 nanoparticles in a marine mussel. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(3), pp 1517-1524

Adeleye, A.S., Conway, J.R., Keller, A.A. Influence of extracellular polymeric substances, pH and ionic strength on the long-term fate, dissolution and speciation of copper-based nanoparticles. In preparation.

Conway, J.R., Keller, A.A. Transport of three engineered nanoparticles through unsaturated soils: Effects of natural organic matter and soil properties. In preparation.

Conway, J.R., Mazer, S.J., Keller, A.A. Soil grown wildflowers display uptake and light- and nutrient-dependent physiological effects when exposed to photoactive nanoparticles. In preparation.