Dr Denise M. Beckles

Deputy Dean, Undergraduate Student Matters

Office of the Dean

Chemistry Building (C2)

St. Augustine

Trinidad and Tobago

Telephone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 84507

Email: fstdeputydean.ug@sta.uwi.edu

My research interests are in the field of environmental science, a broad area that includes the study of chemistry and biology in the natural environment.

Specifically, I am interested in the microbial degradation and fate of xenobiotic compounds in systems consisting of aqueous and non-aqueous (liquid and/or solid) phases, particularly of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents and pesticides. I am also interested in the local regulatory system for the maintenance of environmental quality and baseline environmental data collection for Trinidad and Tobago.

Most recently I have included the exciting field of chemical education into my research mix. This allows me to study how our students learn chemistry, and how we as lecturers can improve our students’ performance.


  • Ph.D. Rice University 2000
  • M.S. Rice University 1997
  • A.B. Harvard University 1994

Research Interests

  • Environmental Science

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