Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza Download Lorena's VCard

Associate Professor, Chemistry

ph. 715-394-8205
office. BARS 311A
hours.
M,W,F 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
M,W 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Natural Sciences Department - UW-Superior

Education

  • PhD University of Baja California, Mexico 2001
  • MS University of Baja California, Mexico 1994
  • BS University National Autonomous of Mexico, Mexico 1989

Courses

CHEM - 102 Chemistry of Everyday Phenomena
CHEM - 205 Quantitative Analysis Lecture
CHEM - 206 Quantitative Analysis Lab
CHEM - 100 Our Chemical Environment
CHEM - 105 General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM - 106 General Chemistry II Lecture
CHEM - 106 General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM - 300 Chemistry of Natural Waters
CHEM - 300 Chemistry of Natural Waters Lab
CHEM - 375 Instrumental Analysis Lecture
CHEM - 376 Instrumental Analysis Lab
CHEM - 481 Special Topics
CHEM - 491 Senior Research
CHEM - 497 Senior Seminar in Chemistry
FYS-107 First Year Seminar-Science/Lab. NCIS: Forensic Sciences

Role as Faculty

Teaching brings me a profound satisfaction and experience. My goal is to help students have a basis for solving complex problems in chemistry, and to teach critical thinking. In chemistry courses, laboratories are essentials; however, many students feel afraid to experiment. In my lab courses I always encourage students to learn from their mistakes and feel confident experimenting.

Research Interests

Environmental chemistry pollution. Emerging micropollutant as synthetic microplastics debris in the oceans and the Great Lakes environments. My research includes extraction, identification, and quantification of persistent organic pollutants, POPs, in sediments, tissues, water and plastic debris. I found several POPs adsorbed on plastic debris such as PCBs, PAHs, and organochlorinated pesticides that may have negative effect on hormones of the organisms that are ingesting these plastic particles. To understand this effect, I am studying estrogen receptors using computer models and the Quantum Chemical Theory to calculate the interaction between POPs and the hormone receptors. Currently, I am working on the analysis of microplastics collected from the Great Lakes.

Research Opportunities for Students

  • Microplastic debris pollution in freshwaters and oceans
  • Phthalates in water from plastic bottles
  • Caffeine in Lake Superior waters
  • Environmental chemistry pollution in freshwater system (The Great Lakes).
  • Plastic debris in the Great Lakes, specifically its role in accumulating and transporting POPs to aquatic organisms.
  • Analysis of plastic fibers in air and plastic pellets from different countries.
  • Environmental contamination in seawater by Persistent Organic Pollutants (polychlorinated biphenyls, PBCs; polybrominated biphenyls and polybromated Diphenyl ethers, PBBs & PBDEs; organochlorine pesticides, DDT, BHC, aldrin, etc), in sediments, tissues, and plastic samples.
  • Environmental contamination in oceanic sediments by trace metal.
  • Emerging contaminants in the Lake Superior water.

Publications

  1. Stephanie Avery-Gomm,Michelle Vallliant, Carley R. Schacter, Katherine F. Robbins, Max Liboiron, Pierre-Yves Daoust, Lorena M Rios, Ian l Jones. 2016. A study of wrecked Dovekies (Alle alle) in the western North Atlantic highlights the importance of using standardized methods to quatify plastic ingestion. Accepted to Marine Pollution Bulletin.
  2. Lorena M. Rios Mendoza and Patrick R. Jones. 2015. Characterization of microplastic and toxic chemicals extracted from microplastic samples from the North Pacific Gyre. Environmental chemistry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/EN14236.
  3. Chelsea M. Rochman, Mark Anthony Browne, Benjamin S. Halpern, Brian T. Hentschel, Eunha Hoh, Hrissi K. Karapanagioti, LorenaM. Rios, Hideshige Takada, Swee Teh, Richard C. Thompson. 2013. Classify plastic debris as hazardous. Nature Vol 494,169 – 171.
  4. Lorena M. Rios, Patrick R. Jones Charles Moore, and Urja V. Narayan. 2010. Quantitation of Persistent Organic Pollutants Adsorbed on Plastic Debris from the Northern Pacific Gyre’s “eastern garbage Patch.” J. Environ. Monit. 12, 226-2236.
  5. Macías-Zamora, J. Vinicio., Sánchez-Osorio J. Luis, Ramírez-Alvarez, Nancy, and Ríos-Mendoza Lorena. 2008. PCBs and DDTs at the South of the Southern California Bight. Distribution and origin. Organohalogen Compounds 70:2372-2376
  6. Macías-Zamora, J. V., Sánchez-Osorio J. L., Ríos-Mendoza L.M., Ramírez-Alvarez, N., Huerta-Díaz M.A., and López-Sánchez, D. 2008. Trace Metals in Sediments and Zostera marina of San Ignacio and Ojo de Liebre Lagoons in Central Pacific Coast of Baja California, Mexico. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. In Archives of Environment Contamination and Toxicology. 55(2):218-228.
  7. Rios, Lorena M., Moore, Charles. Jones, Patrick R. 2007. Persistent organic pollutants carried by synthetic polymers in the ocean environment. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 54,1230-1237.
  8. Rios-Mendoza Lorena M., J. Vinicio Macias-Zamora, Alberto, R. Zirino. 2003. Una opción para medir el potencial redoxCiencias Marinas, 29(4):509-520.
  9. Gutierrez-Galindo, E.A., Rios-Mendoza, L.M., Villaescusa-Celaya, J. 1998. Chlorinated Hydrocarbons in Marine Sediments of The Baja California (México)-California (USA) Border Zone. Mar. Poll. Bull., 36[1]:27-31.
  10. Holm-Hansen O., Hewes, D. Ch., Maturana, J., Rios-Mendoza, L.M., Gónzales-Rodas, G. 1997. AMLR program: Phytoplankton Distribution and its Relationship to Different Water Zones Characterized by Physical Oceanographic Parameters, January-February 1997. Antartic Journal of the United States.
  11. Lorena M. Rios, Mary Balcer, and Patrick Jones.2014. Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes. Lake Superior Angler Magazine.

Presentations

Date Conference Title Place
August 5, 2016 Universidad Autonoma de Baja California-Intituto de Ivestigaciones Oceanologicas Escombros de Macro y Micro Plasticos: Oceanos y Grandes Lagos Ensenada, Baja California. Mexico
June 10, 2016 International Association for Great Lakes Research Microplastics as a source of persistent organic pollutants in the Laurentian Great Lakes Guelph, Ontario, CA
April 25-27, 2016 Join International Commission (IJC), Canada Adsoption of POPs onto microplastics and impacts on fresh water aquatic organisms Windsor, Ontario, Canada
April 7, 2016 Sea Grant Workshop Emerging contaminants in the Great Lakes: Microplastics Ann Arbor, MI
March 14, 2016 Miami Dade College Macro and Micro plastic debris: Oceans and the Great Lakes Miami, Florida
October 25, 2015

Nicolet Technical College
Series of Learning

Microsynthetic plastics emerging contaminants in the Great Lakes Rhinelander, WI
October 23, 2015 Michigan Technological University Microsynthetic Plastics emerging contaminants in the Great Lakes Houghton, MI
Sep 5, 2015 Alliance for the Great Lakes Microplastic Debris in the Great lakes Duluth, MN
Sep 25, 2015 Harbor City International School Macro and Micro plastic debris: Oceans and the Great Lakes Duluth, MN
August 14, 2015 Speaking Engagement Microplastics emerging contaminants: a new source of toxic compounds Minong, Wisconsin
August 11, 2015 WI Industrial Waste Emerging Micropollutants: Synthetic Microplastics Oshkosh, Wisconsin
June 8, 2015 NOAA Great Lakes Education Workshop Macro and Micro plastic debris: Oceans and the Great Lakes Stone Lab: Ohio State University
May 25-29, 2015

International Association for Great Lakes Research (AGLR) Annual Meeting

Microsynthetic plastics in air, water,fish and sediments in the Great Lakes University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont
May 25-29, 2015 International Association for Great Lakes Research (AGLR) Annual Meeting Are we breathing plastics? University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont
May 25-29, 2015 International Association for Great Lakes Research (AGLR) Annual Meeting Persistent Organic Pollutants on Microplastic Debris from the Great Lakes University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont
April 27, 2015 ACS banquet Lake Superior Microplastic emerging contaminants: a new source of toxic compounds St. Scholastica University, Duluth, MN
March 27, 2015 World Water Week at UW-Superior Emerging micro-pollutant: water in plastic and plastic in water UW-Superior at Superior, Wisconsin
March 9, 2015 Scholars Series Seminars Emerging micro-pollutant: synthetic microplastics UW Fox Valley, Menasha, WI
April 23 , 2015 12th Annual Posters in the Rotunda. Undergraduate Research Are we Breathing Plastics? Rotunda Madison, WI
March 22-26, 2015 249th ACS National Conference Microplastic emerging contaminants: a new source of toxic compounds Denver, CO

UW-Superior Schedule of Classes for Rios Mendoza, Lorena M
Spring Semester 2017

For up to date information all schedules please refer to the class search page in the E-Hive portal.

Note: the Class Schedule information below reflects data as of 12/9/16 11:45 AM.

Spring Semester 2017
Class Nbr.Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsClass Sect.CreditsBldg.RoomDaysTimeSeats Open
CHEM - Chemistry
1698CHEM 106General Chemistry II
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
101 4.00  SWEN 1013 MWF 10:00AM- 10:50AM 4 of 48 open
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15 of 15
  
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
2037CHEM 107Sup Problems in Chemistry II
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
001 1.00  SWEN 1056 2:00PM- 2:50PM 34 of 40 open
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15 of 15
  
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
2399CHEM 281Selected Topics
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Instructor Consent Required
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
This class is closed for enrollment.
001 1.00     ARR 0 of 1 open
  
Instructor Consent Required
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
This class is closed for enrollment.
1707CHEM 375Instrumental Analysis Lecture
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
001 3.00  BARS 0210 MWF 11:00AM- 11:50AM 19 of 24 open
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15 of 15
  
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
1708CHEM 376Instrumental Analysis Lab
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
001 2.00  BARS 0314 Th 8:00AM- 11:50AM 18 of 24 open
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15 of 15
  
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
1710CHEM 491Senior Research
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
002 1.00 - 4.00     ARR 5 of 5 open
  
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
1713CHEM 496Senior Paper
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002 1.00     ARR 5 of 5 open
  
Instructor Consent Required
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
1716CHEM 497Senior Seminar In Chemistry
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Instructor Consent Required
All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit
002 1.00     ARR 5 of 6 open
  
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All Natural Science classes will be assessed a program fee of $12 per credit

For up to date information all schedules please refer to the class search page in the E-Hive portal.

Note: the Class Schedule information below reflects data as of 12/9/16 11:45 AM.