Faculty Bio

Stuart Belli

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Environmental Studies

Stuart L. Belli is interested in the environment, both on a scientific and a humanistic level. His education in chemistry includes a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California at Riverside, a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a postdoctoral fellowship in analytical chemistry at the University of Delaware. His training focused on studying the environment at a molecular level.

Mr. Belli’s primary research interest is in the behavior of heavy metals in both fresh water and sea water. His ongoing projects include investigating copper interactions with humic substances and developing methods for measuring copper in the aquatic environment. He has published papers in Analytical Chemistry, Marine Chemistry, Electroanalysis, and Analytica Chimica Acta.

Mr. Belli holds that perhaps more difficult than understanding the chemical processes is understanding human relationship to the environment. His interest in our interaction with nature has led him to an involvement with the Environmental Studies Program at Vassar.