Associate Professor Ronald L. Siefert
United States Naval Academy
Dr. Siefert joined the chemistry faculty at the US Naval Academy in 2005. Dr. Siefert was an assistant professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Research (UMCES) - Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) before joining the US Naval Academy faculty. He was also a research associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Siefert has a variety of research interests. Currently, he is investigating "forever chemicals" such as poly & perfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) and novel processes to degrade these compounds. In the past, he has investigated atmospheric aerosols over the Indian, Pacific & Atlantic Oceans and their importance as a source of micronutrients to these oceans and their impact on global carbon cycles. He has also investigated the sources (e.g., vehicles, farming) of macronutrients (e.g., ammonium) to the Chesapeake Bay airshed.
Dr. Siefert has a Ph.D. in environmental engineering science (with a minor in geology) from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and a bach. of chemical engineering (with a minor in economics) from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Siefert has been a coach for the Navy Women's Hockey team since 2016. Previously he was the faculty representative for Navy Women's Lacrosse from 2006 to 2018.