I have only recently become involved in research investigating the ecological impacts of crumb rubber substrates from artificial athletic fields. Very little work has been done on the leaching of substances from the crumb rubber (recycled tires) that is not directly related to human health. By this, my research group is focusing on the terrestrial and aquatic impacts of these artificial turf fields. Currently, I have two undergraduate students working on this project (1 chemist, 1 biologist), investigating the leachate and runoff in self-contained mesocosms. The collaborative nature of this type of work, and multiple levels of study from biology and chemistry, permit a very dynamic research group (faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students). We are in the infant stages of this project currently, developing new techniques, modifying published methods to better fit our environmental test conditions, and using some well established techniques to study population effects (fitness = survival and reproduction in the given conditions). Dr. Jeff Mills (Chemistry, RIT) is testing and designing new protocols to identify the leachate components, and working to isolate those components for individual and composite ecotoxicology testing. Dr. Andre Hudson (Life Sciences, RIT) is assisting with identifying changes in the terrestrial bacterial communities and how such changes will impact trophic levels in those systems, directly and indirectly. This type of collaboration and breadth of the project itself could allow for extensive collaborations with the involved labs, and lead to very high successes of scholarship dissemination and funding in the future. Further, I am working with Dr. Callie Babbitt (Sustainability, RIT) to develop tools and techniques for assessing the toxicity of recycled battery components in ecosystems. Currently, I am mentoring her PhD student (Elizabeth Wronko) on this project, and we continue to expand the investigation in to the effects of C70 and C60 nanomaterials on algae, freshwater invertebrates, and trophic level interactions. The National Science Foundation currently funds this work and we are seeking additional funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to expand this work in the future.