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ORNL’s Pierce selected for Oppenheimer leadership program

Eric PierceOAK RIDGE, Tenn., February 1, 2019 – Eric Pierce, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected by DOE for the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program.

He is one of 15 early- and mid-career professionals selected for the year-long Oppenheimer program, which was developed to introduce the next generation of leaders to the breadth and depth of the national laboratory system.

Pierce is an environmental geochemist and conducts low-temperature geochemistry research with an emphasis on processes occurring at the solid-fluid interface. He leads the Earth Sciences group, which conducts fundamental and applied research to improve understanding of the biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in terrestrial ecosystems. Studies include a focus on the impact of byproducts from energy production, such as contaminants, on environmental resources like ground water.

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