Fate and Transport Research for Human and Ecological Exposure Risks

Pennell Research Group

Our research aims to interweave knowledge from a range of disciplines to make new discoveries that address complex environmental exposure risks. Knowledge-interweaving skills are critical for the next generation of scientists and engineers to address environmental health burdens.


Computational Tools and Data Science to Investigate Environmental Processes

Fate and transport processes are explored using modeling and data science tools to better understand how and where environmental pollutant exposure risks occur so interventions can be designed and implemented more effectively.

Laboratory-controlled experiments to explore fundamental questions

Independent and dependent environmental parameters are investigated to determine relationships that influence pollution fate and transport processes that control the presence or absence of exposure risks.

Field studies to inform and contextualize research directions

Empirical research unpinned with theoretical bases is critical for environmental science and engineering. Research findings must be interpreted and contextualized so real-world impacts can be achieved.

A Place to Belong: Pennell Research Group

Left to Right: Dr. Amir Roghani (2019), Sweta Ojha (PhD Student), Riki Reichman (Visting Scholar Technion Israel Institute of Technology), Dr. Kelly G. Pennell, Elham Shirazi (PhD Candidate), and Stephanie Dunning (NIEHS SURES 2018 Student Researcher).

Activity within University of Kentucky Research Centers


The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center, Funded by National Institute Environmental Health Sciences

2018-present Assistant Director

Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, Office of the Vice President for Research

Associate Director, 2017-2018
Acting Director, 2018-2019

Tracy Farmer Institute of Sustainability and the Environment, Office of the Vice President for Research

Acting Director, 2018-2019