School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Shannon Flynn

Lecturer in Inorganic Geochemistry


My work is broadly focused on characterizing the fate and behavior of metals and contaminants in the environment in order to inform risk assessments, and treatment or remediation options. To do so, I couple laboratory and field experiments  using a variety of advanced instrumental techniques, such as ICP-MS/MS, SEM, and TEM, to identify biotic and abiotic reaction pathways and mechanisms.

Education and Experience


2014-2017 University of Alberta

Focus: Characterization of flowback and produced waters from hydraulically fractured wells in the Duvernay Formation, Alberta Canada

Supervised by Dr Daniel Alessi


2010-2015 PhD, University of Notre Dame

Dissertation: Environmental behavior of metals and radionuclides   

Supervised by Dr Jeremy Fein


2005-2009 BSc, Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University

2005-2010 BSc, Liberal Arts, Northland College

Area of Expertise


Studentship Opportunities 

OnePLANET (Due Jan 18, 2021)

The impact of ferric phosphate molluscicides on soil micronutrients bioavailability, microbial communities, and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions (Supervised by Drs Shannon Flynn, Angela Sherry, and Kirst McInnes in collaboration with De Sangosse LTD)

GeoNetZERO CTD (Due Jan 31, 2021)

Exploring LIthium potential of GeotHermal and associated systems of The North East UK (LIGHT) (Supervised by Drs Sanem Acikalin and Shannon Flynn)

Exploration of the unconventional rare earth element and critical metal deposits in the United Kingdom (Supervised by Drs Shannon Flynn and Sanem Acikalin)

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Research Interests

-Low-temperature geochemistry

-Reactions at the mineral interface

- Biogeochemistry

-Hydraulic fracturing water cycle

-Environmental degradation of organic contaminants

-Deep sea biomarkers


CEG2609 Research Methods in Environmental Pollution 

CEG8624 Environmental Analytical Geochemistry (Inorganic)

CEG8641 Environmental Inorganic Analysis