Joshua Wallace



jswallac at buffalo edu

Research interests

  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Public Policy
  • Environmental Modeling through Geographical Information Systems
  • Renewable Resource development

Personal statement

Josh grew up in Western New York on a small dairy farming operation where he learned to appreciate the land and the health of local ecosystems. While an undergraduate student at Houghton College, he became concerned with the process by which public policy is established, particularly as it pertains to human interactions with the environment through agriculture, industry, and recreation. These concerns lead him to study both chemistry and political science, specializing in local governance and development.

Josh is currently a student in the Aga and Gardella groups where he utilizes Liquid and Gas Chromatography  with Mass Spectrometry(LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS) to analyze anthropogenic herbicides in water and soil samples from various sites. Mass Spectral imaging has also become an integral piece of his research through the incorporation of Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) which he uses to characterize and quantify chemicals at the surface of atmospheric particulate matter. He soon hopes to begin incorporating Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to analyze the metabolic alterations of pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and personal care products in simulated and actual environmental systems.

As an ERIE IGERT Fellow, he would like to begin studying the interface between chemical information, data tracking and public policy with the hopes of replacing needlessly restrictive laws for those made with sound scientific reasoning.


  • B.S. Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) (Houghton College, 2011)
  • B.A. Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) (Houghton College, 2011)


Gentile, J.W., Wallace, J.S., & Aga, D.S. (2012, October). GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS analysis of herbicides at the Niagara Falls Air Force Reserves Station near Niagara Falls, NY. Poster presented at the 38th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Niagara Falls, New York.