Faculty and Staff at the Timberline Analytical Laboratory

Dr. Sandra Harting
Dr. Harting is an Associate Professor in the Sciences Department who teaches courses in Biology and Chemistry and related subjects.  Dr. Harting worked for eight years at the Lake Superior Research Institute (UW-Superior) where she ran an instrumentation laboratory that included an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS), Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS), Flame Ionization Detector (FID), High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), and an Electron Capture Detector (ECD). Dr. Harting also analyzed samples as a part of aquatic toxicology testing and field samples. Dr. Harting then was at Michigan Technological University studying the contributions of native copper mining to mercury contamination of Lake Superior sediments. While at MTU, she performed heavy metal digestions and AA/Cold vapor Hg analyses of Lake Superior sediments, ores, and waters as well as conducting sampling/analysis for a study of blood levels and lead availability in Houghton, Keweenaw, and Baraga counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Toward the end of her tenure at MTU, Dr. Harting was acting operator of a Finnegan-MAT high resolution ICP-MS. Dr. Harting currently incorporates environmental sampling/analysis as a part of her classes. Having access to state of the art analytical equipment would enhance her courses greatly and be a valuable experience for her students.

Dr. Kato T. Dee
Dr. Dee is the NRM Faculty and is also responsible for coordinating the TAL. He has five and one-half years of environmental consulting experience with project experience in hydrogeology, geochemistry, geotechnical engineering, remedial construction, GIS, and radiation health. Prior to working in the consulting industry, he spent approximately five years at the University of Kansas Plasma Analytical Laboratory as a Research Assistant (RA). While an RA at KU-PAL, he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS), Laser Ablation Mass Spectrometer (LA-MS), and Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) instruments. KU-PAL received and analyzed water, soil, sludge, and rock samples for academic institutions and industry. Dr. Dee participated in all aspects of analytical laboratory analysis from sample preparation to final reporting of analytical data. In addition, Dr. Dee’s industry and academic experiences will provide further educational opportunities for students in the NRM program.