Brendan O’Leary

Brendan O’Leary

Wayne State University

Brendan O’Leary is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University. His research interests include groundwater in the Great Lakes Basin, volatile organic compound subsurface movement, and environmental justice. Brendan received an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, where he double-majored in Environmental Science and Environmental Geology and a Master’s of Science in Geology at Wayne State University . His master’s thesis focused on how geostatistical modeling can help better explain air pollution influences on asthma and perinatal issues. Currently, Brendan is a Thriving Earth Exchange Community Science Fellow and researching urban groundwater with Healthy Urban Waters (HUW) and Transformative Research in Urban Sustainability Training (T-RUST) programs at Wayne State University.


Brendan O’Leary’s Research Showcase: Evaluating the pathways and risks for shallow urban groundwater in the Great Lakes Basin

Urban centers face many environmental issues that can lead to direct impacts on community health, property values, and environmental justice.  Understanding pollutant movement in the environment and how it impacts urban health is critical for sustainable urban development, particularly when evaluating the sustainability of urban water systems. This cross-over between urban health and hydrology brought … Continue reading Brendan O’Leary’s Research Showcase: Evaluating the pathways and risks for shallow urban groundwater in the Great Lakes Basin