Welcome to definearth

Thank you for visiting my blog. The purpose of this blog is to spread the word about water decontamination methods around the world, especially in developing regions in need of sustainable water treatment. With this blog I hope to express the growing world of environmental technology. Combining technology with the environment leads to a myriad of improvements to things like water filtration and decontamination, reduction of air pollution, even the creation of eco-friendly fuels. Definearth is a name that I brainstormed, but it really came from one of my favorite environmentally conscious movies, Wall-E.


Definearth is written by me, Jessica Turner, an environmentally conscious student at the University at Buffalo.  All my life, I have been shaped by my experiences to appreciate the environment. I grew up in grandma’s 15 acres of woods, filled with evergreens, deer, salamanders, snakes, poisonous plants, and marshes. I was sent off to long summer camps with my sister, and we were taught to swim early on. I was president of my school’s Youth Environmental Action club and worked as a lifeguard at a town pool for two years. But enough about me. It’s time to explore my blog.

Information About my Research:

Recently I have been working in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University on climate change research with Dr. Charles Driscoll. I have been testing samples for Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) and Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) with the help of Dr. Teng Zeng in the Environmental Organic Chem lab. Link to Dr. Zeng’s lab here: Environmental Organic Chemistry at Syracuse University

Talking about your research is hard. I was beyond nervous during this interview, but I think the producers did a great job! Here’s the video from the Celebration of Academic Excellence 2016 at UB. Skip to second 0:32 to see my tidbit.