Candice Duncan

University of Maryland College Park
Phone: 301-405-1351

Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

phytoremediation, TCE contamination, PFAS remediation, Superfund sites, site assessments

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Candice Duncan is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Science and Technology Department at the University of Maryland College Park. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s Soil, Water and Environmental Science program (now known as the Department of Environmental Science). She earned an M.S. in Earth Science from North Carolina Central University where she studied in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences. She is an environmental scientist through knowledge and experience gained as an analytical chemist, soil scientist and hydrologist. Her work focuses on the transport and characterization of organic contaminants in the vadose zone. Specifically, gas and liquid phase transport, source zone impacts and location, transport mechanisms, remediation strategies and utilization of phytoscreening tools (i.e. phytoremediation). She dabbles in archeology through the New York African Burial Ground project with Howard University studying trace metals in grave soils using non-invasive analytical technology combining soil science and chemistry. This work postulates the diet of interred free and enslaved Africans of the New Amsterdam Colony located in what is now, Lower Manhattan. She has advised undergraduate students majoring in environmental science and technology. She has mentored undergraduate and graduate students in research related from legacy phosphorus in Chesapeake Bay soils to contaminant leachate from recycled asphalt pavement in highway construction.
She is a community engagement promoter, Science advocate, citizen scientist, and most importantly, STEM educator and mentor.


  • 2014 Ph.D. Environmental Science University of Arizona
    Dissertation title: Innovative Methods for Characterizing Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds in the Vadose Zone; Advisor: Dr. Mark L. Brusseau
  • 2008 M.S. Earth Science N.C. Central University
    Thesis title: The Analysis of Selected Pyrethroid Pesticides in an Environmental Sample using High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Diode Array Detection (HPLC-DAD) with Liquid Chromatography/ Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) Verification: A Post-Column Derivatization Approach; Advisor: Dr. James Starr
  • 2005 B.S. Environmental Science N.C. Central University (Summa Cum Laude)
  • 2003 B.S. Biology University of NC at Greensboro

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