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Leili (Fatemeh) Izaditame

Leili (Fatemeh) Izaditame

Research Scientist - Geosciences

The Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory focuses on how climate-change-related stressors such as sea-level rise, salt-water intrusion and flooding, and drought impact the cycling and speciation of toxic metals like arsenic and chromium and nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen

800 W Campbell Road Mail Stop RL10 Richardson, TX 75080 USA

Professional Preparation

PhD - Soil Sciences
University of Delaware - 2022
MCE - Civil Engineering
University of Delaware - 2021

Research Areas

Environmental Soil Chemistry
The Environmental Soil Chemistry research focuses on how toxic metals such as arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), and lead (Pb), and nutrients like phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N), and sulfur (S) are bound on soils under different environmental and experimental conditions (pH, time, temperature, hydration state, presence of microbes). Bright light sources generated at synchrotron facilities will be used to determine the forms (species) of the metals and nutrients in the soil at the molecular scale. This enables accurate predictions on how easily the contaminant will leach into the water supplies to determine its toxicity and bio-availability to plants, animals, and humans.


Sea−level rise and arsenic−rich soils: A toxic relationship 2024 - Journal Article
Sea-level-rise-induced flooding drives arsenic release from coastal sediments 2022 - Journal Article
Estimating the chemical oxygen demand of petrochemical wastewater treatment plants using linear and nonlinear statistical models – A case study 2021 - Journal Article
Mathematical model for reactive transport of heavy metals in soil column: Based on PHREEQC and HP1 simulators 2017 - Journal Article
Air pollution study using factor analysis and univariate Box-Jenkins modeling for the northwest of Tehran 2015 - Journal Article


SPIRe Seed Grant - University of Texas at Dallas [2024]
Convergence Research (CORE) Institute Fellowship - CORE Institute [2023]
Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship - NSF [2023]
Donald L. and Joy G. Sparks Fellowship - University of Delaware [2021]
DENIN Environmental Fellowship - University of Delaware [2020]


Climate change and arsenic behavior in soils
2023/11 2023 ASA–CSSA–SSSA International Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO
Rising Seas Bring Dead Contaminants Back to Life!
2022/08 22nd World Congress of Soil Science, Glasgow, Scotland
Impacts of sea-level rise on the fate of arsenic in contaminated coasts
2022/03 ACS Spring 2022 Conference, San Diego, CA
How does Sea-level Rise Impact Pollution Release in Contaminated Coasts?
2021/11 2021 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT
Elemental cycling from contaminated coastal sediments subjected to varying SLR-induced flooding intensities
2021/04 ACS Spring 2021 Conference,

News Articles

Researching heavy metals
Researching heavy metals The Port of Wilmington has been an industrial powerhouse for centuries. During the Civil War, Wilmington steadily churned out gunpowder, ships, uniforms and other war-related goods. With the advent of automobiles, the city boomed with machinery producers, steel foundries and chemical manufacturers. Now, the local port is known as the hub of produce, touting the largest dockside cold storage facility in the nation, safeguarding the shipment of fruits and juices from around the world.

This industrialization was a boon for Delaware’s economy but a scourge on its soil. As new industries emerged, abandoned industrial sites dotted the riverside. Known as brownfields, these sites hide their histories in soils contaminated with heavy metals. 

Fatemeh Izaditame, a 2023 University of Delaware graduate who earned a doctorate in plant and soil sciences, is determined to discover what happens to these heavy metals in a changing climate. With conservative estimates projecting one meter of sea level rise by 2100, some of today’s brownfields may soon be underwater. Because of the high incidence of arsenic and chromium in Wilmington soils, the city is the perfect location to study the release of contaminants from an urban coastal environment.


American Chemical Society
American Society of Civil Engineers
Soil Science Society of America
American Geophysical Union


Arsenic fate during sea–level rise hydrological disturbances
$70,700 - National Science Foundation, NSF, sub–awarded through Delaware EPSCoR’s Project WiCCED [2020/08–2022/12]
State–of–the–art erosion experiments mimicked several forcing conditions in the lab to explicitly examine the influence of turbulent flooding on As behavior. Arsenic concentration and speciation in the solution and direct As speciation of the sediments at different stress levels and time points were obtained through ICP–AES, bulk XANES, μ–XRF, and μ–XANES analysis. This work is performed as part of the DENIN Fellowship at the University of Delaware.
The impact of climate change on legacy contaminants
$259,200 - National Science Foundation [2023/01–2024/12]
This proposal is to enhance the current understanding of the effects of climate–change–induced perturbations, including SLR and corresponding saltwater flooding, on the mobilization of contaminants from contaminated coastal (Superfund) sites through the synthesis of novel experimental analysis and machine learning approaches.
Impact of Sea−level Rise and Saltwater Flooding on Arsenic Stability and Soil Ecological Resilience
$60,000 - University of Texas at Dallas [2024/06–2025/05]
This project aims to evaluate the influence of environmental stressors associated with SLR on soil microbial community structure and activity and consequently on As fate.