Vita (Nov. 2016) - .pdf
Ecological Engineering Group
Dept. Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
My research applies my hybrid education in environmental engineering and ecology to the study of applied biogeochemistry, with a focus on human ecosystems – cities and farms. I like to work in “Pasteur’s quadrant”, moving between theory and application. My research is highly interdisciplinary, and I often lead interdisciplinary research groups. In recent years, I have been very active in various synergistic activities, including many workshops on urban sustainability, both as an organizer and participant. I have become increasingly interested in how social and political factors drive the biogeochemistry of urban systems and how these systems will have to adapt to create resilient human ecosystems.
- University of Minnesota Water Council (2016)
- U.S. EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors Subcommitee on Safe and Sustainable Water, effective Sept. 5, 2015-Sept. 4, 2017.
Waste Not: Closing the Loop on Organics Wastes. Conference held at the Earl Brown Center, University of Minnesota, June 2, 2015.
Recently funded projects (2014-2015)
- Creation of a Parkinson Disease Registry and Initial Studies to Address Its Causes and Genetic Susceptibility, co-PI with Tim Church and others, U of M MnDrive, $500,000 awarded 7/1/14.
- Waste Not: Closing the Loop on Organics Wastes for the Twin Cities. PI, with T. Smith, W. Lazarus, R. Ruan, G. Shurson, C. Rosen, S. Hughes, Food Ventures Progam (MNDrive), $620,000 for years 1 and 2 (through 6/16).
- International WaTERS Research and Training Network (Water-related Training, Education and Research in the global South), co-applicant with Leila Harris (PI) and 8 others, Social Science Research Council of Canada, $200,000, awarded 3/28/14.
- Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – ongoing (confidential).
- Northeastern Minnesota Friends of Wilderness - analysis of potential impacts of a large copper mine, 2013-2015.
- UMore Park – analysis of water in the UMore Park (ecovillage), 2011.
- Midwest Environmental Advocates – testimony on water quality impacts of cooling tower blowdown from an ethanol plant.
- Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy – testimony on various water quality regulations; testimony on water quality problems with a copper and iron mining (various projects, 2006-2015); testimony for ethanol plant EAW, 2009.
- Friends of the Sunrise River – this was pro bono consulting, in my role as the organization’s chair, on the environmental and social impacts of a proposed gas-fire power plant (2008-2009). The plant was not built; a solar energy plant was recently built on the site.
- American Water Works Research Foundation - analysis of salt sources in municipal water systems (with CH2MHill), 2002-2004.
- City of Phoenix Water Services Department – project to reduce tastes and odors in water supplies (with ASU), 1999-2002.