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McNally, Dan

Dan McNally

Associate Professor, Science and Technology
Faculty Suite C, Room 220

As an environmental engineer and an academic researcher, Dan McNally is interested in pollution, its effects on human health and ecosystems, and how to prevent or reduce those effects through sustainable tools and innovative cleanup technologies. He teaches courses in environmental science, toxicology and green technologies.

McNally’s work is highly applied. Current projects include studying the effects of climate change on contaminants in Narragansett Bay, identifying organisms that can break down pollutants on land and in water, and investigating the toxic effects of waste generated from electrical power plants.

Fly ash – the fine powder that results from burning coal – is a topic of particular interest. In one recent study, McNally grew rye grass in soil containing fly ash and found that the grass contained elevated levels of trace metals such as arsenic and selenium. His findings are important because fly ash has been added as a supplement to topsoil used to grow food crops.

“Right now, coal-generated fly ash isn’t classified as a hazardous waste by the EPA, and we need more information to know whether it’s safe,” he said. “I love what I do because we have major environmental problems out there, and my students and I can be part of finding solutions.”

Working with students in class and in the lab is McNally’s greatest joy. In 2014, he received Bryant’s Mentor of the Year Award. “It’s funny,” he said. “I never thought I’d love teaching – and I really do. Working with students is where I belong.”

Sustaining Air and Water, Human Impact on Land and Life, Green Technology for Sustainabilty, Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment, Environmental Investigation and Remediation, Current Issues in Environmental Science

Fate and Transport of Toxic Chemicals through the Environment, Biodegradability and Bioavailability, Factors Affecting Bioremediation of Contaminated Sediments, Trace Metal Uptake by Vegetation grown in Coal-Generated Fly Ash, Investigation into the Toxicity of Pellet Stove Tar and Ash, Fate and Transport of Driveway Sealant, Identification and Toxicity of Historically Hydrocarbon Contaminated Sites,

  • Omicron Delta Kappa Bryant Chapter
  • American Chemical Society
  • Water environment Federation
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • International Association for Great Lakes Research
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • 2017, merit award
  • 2015, merit award
  • 2013, ODK membership
  • 2008, Merit Award
  • 2001, Merit Award

Crowley-Parmentier, J., Dickey, A., Watts, C., McNally, D., The Blackstone River as a source of heavy metal contamination to Narragansett Bay. , 2015.

Crowley-Parmentier, J., Watts, C., Dickey, A., McNally, D., Changing anion nutrients and pollution influx to the Providence River and Narragansett Bay from the Blackstone River Watershed., 2015.

McNally, D., Natural Gas Extraction by Hydraulic Fracturing: an example of employing technological advancements for economic gain and not fully understanding the risks, ABC-CLIO online, 2015.

Crowley-Parmentier, J., Whitman, B., McNally, D., Trace metal uptake by Lolium perenne (perennial ryegrass) when grown on construction fill made up of coal-generated fly ash, Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

McKay-Nesbitt, J., DeMoranville, C., McNally, D., Undergraduate Student Projects: A strategy for Developing Environmental Literacy, Environmental Education Research.

Crowley-Parmentier, J., Whitman, B., McNally, D., Trace Metal Leaching and Bioavailability of Coal-Generated Fly Ash, International Science Congress Association, 2012.

McKay-Nesbitt, J., DeMoranville, C., McNally, D., A strategy for advancing social marketing: Social marketing projects in introductory marketing courses, Journal of Social Marketing, 2012.