Graduate Students

Michael McTee

Michael McTee



B.S. Environmental Chemistry, University of Montana, 2010

M.S. Candidate, Geosciences, University of Montana

Adviser: Dr. Nancy Hinman

Research Interests

My research tackles the geochemistry and remediation of a shooting range with extreme acidity. Most research at shooting ranges focuses on the fate and toxicity of lead. These studies do not account for secondary contamination from trap targets. In 1998, biodegradable targets hit the market. Now, these targets are distributed internationally and are found at a variety of sporting goods stores. My preliminary research found that elemental sulfur from the targets oxidize and release acid. In areas with a high density of targets, soil pH can be as low as 2, which can cause plants to die and lead to leach from shot pellets into the soil. My thesis research will explore strategies to remediate soils contaminated with acid-producing elemental sulfur. 

Field of Study

Environmental geochemistry, remediation

Selected Publications

McTee, M. R., Gibbons, S. M., Feris, K., Gordon, N. S., Gannon, J. E. and Ramsey, P. W. (2013), Heavy metal tolerance genes alter cellular thermodynamics in Pseudomonas putida and river Pseudomonas spp. and influence amebal predation. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 347: 97–106.

Professional Experience

Project Manager, MPG Ranch, Florence, MT. 2010–present.

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Applied and Environmental Microbiology Lab (Dr. Gannon), University of Montana. 2008-2010.