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Nancy Avalos

Nancy Avalos

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Nancy is a Post Bachelors Research Associate and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Washington State University Tri-Cities. She joined the lab in June 2017 as a student under the Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP). Since then, Nancy’s work has included research in several programs including the Fuel Cycle Technology Waste Management Research, Deep Vadose Zone (DVZ), Immobilized Low Activity Waste (ILAW) and Nuclear Process Science Initiative (NPSI). Nancy also serves as a back-up analyst in the Environmental Sciences Laboratory (ESL) during time of need, operating instrumentation such as the ICP-OES.

Research Interests

  • Mobility and fate of contaminants of concerns in the environment
  • Environmental remediation
  • Waste form durability
  • Contaminant immobilization

Education and Credentials

  • Washington State University Tri-Cities, MS in Environmental Science (Jan 2018-Present)
  • Washington State University Tri-Cities, B.S in Environmental Science (December, 2017)
  • Columbia Basin College, Associate in Arts and Science (June 2015)

PNNL Publications


  • Asmussen R.M., J.V. Ryan, J. Matyas, J.V. Crum, J. Reiser, N.M. Avalos, and E.M. McElroy, et al. 2019. "Investigating the Durability of Iodine Waste Forms in Dilute Conditions." Materials 12, no. 5:Article No. 686. PNNL-SA-140280. doi:10.3390/ma12050686


Subsurface Science & Technology