Former Students

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of my research program, I have always recruited, trained, and advised students from a number of departments.  Many of my students have, in fact, received their degrees in programs with which I was not officially affiliated, although I served as their primary advisor.  In these cases, my designation was necessarily as co-advisor.

Civil or Environmental Engineering

  • Zhang, Mengwen.  2014.  Rates of trichloroethylene reduction in passivated zero-valent iron upon application of low-level direct current. M.S. in Civil Engineering.
  • Wang, Hua.  2013.  In Situ Strategies to depassivate zero-valent iron using electrically-induced reduction. M.S. in Environmental Engineering.
  • Jiang, Fanyang.  2013.  The impact of manganese oxide formation in biofilm development in an integrated fixed-film activated sludge system. M.S. in Civil Engineering.
  • Wang, Xiaojing.  2011.  Characterization and remediation of dissolved organic matter in produced oilfield waters. M.S. in Environmental Engineering. [Co-Advisor L. Goual]
  • Akmammedov, Polatmyrat.  2010.  Interactions of wild type and cytochrome-deficient strains of the iron(III)-reducing bacterium Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 with hematite electrodes: understanding mechanisms of electron transfer.  M.S. in Environmental Engineering. 
  • Bedessem, Marjorie E.  1998.  Sulfidogenic and methanogenic biodgradation of coal tar constituents from the subsurface of a former manufactured gas plant.  Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.  [Co-Advisor D. Foster]
  • Tedla, Shravan K.  1995.  Laboratory microcosm studies of the herbicides 3,6-dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid (dicamba) and 4-amino-3,5,6-trichloropyridinecarboxylic acid (picloram).  M.S. in Environmental Engineering.  [Co-Advisor D. Foster]

Geology and Geophysics

  • Jani, Roopal.  2010.  Role of outer membrane cytochromes OmcA and MtrC in electron transfer to oxide electrodes by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1.  M.S. in Geology and Geophysics.  [Co-Advisor C. Eggleston]
  • Meitl, Leisa A.  2007.  Electrochemical characterization of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and its outer membrane cytochromes.  M.S. in Geology and Geophysics.  [Co-Advisor C. Eggleston]
  • Rittle, Keith A.  1993.  Arsenic and heavy metal immobilization through bacterial sulfate reduction.  M.S. in Geology and Geophysics.  [Co-Advisor J. I. Drever]


  • Borman, Christopher J.  2007.  Comparison of diurnal iron speciation in two aquatic systems:  flow-injection analysis with chemiluminescence detection of Fe(II).  Ph.D. in Chemistry.  [Co-Advisor B. P. Sullivan].

Zoology and Physiology

  • Jensen, Brandi Mitchell.  2008.  Growth of photosynthetic bacteria and synthesis of carotenoids and bacteriochlorophylls under limited light regimes.  M.S. in Zoology and Physiology.
  • Wittenberg, Jon T.  2000.  Molecular characterization of a bacterial co-culture enriched from a heavy-metal contaminated sediment.  M.S. in Zoology and Physiology.
  • Markwiese, James T.  1998.  Microbial ecology of Fe(III)-reducing bacteria:  hydrocarbon bioremediation and heavy metal mobilization.  Ph.D. in Zoology and Physiology.
  • Jin, Song.  1997.  Biotic and abiotic transformation of quadricyclane and dinitramide; the immobilization of copper during bacterial sulfate reduction.  Ph.D. in Zoology and Physiology.
  • Sheridan, Diana Schockley.  1997.  Investigation of microbial communities that degrade toluene in river sediments.  M.S. in Zoology and Physiology. [Co-Advisor J. S. Meyer]
  • Mazur, Christopher S.  1995.  Microbial transformations of dicamba and picloram under sulfidogenic and methanogenic conditions.  M.S. in Zoology and Physiology/Water Resources.
  • DeLeo, Michelle.  1994.  Removal of manganese from acidic mine waters in laboratory  wetlands: the relative contributions of geomicrobial processes.  M.S. in Zoology and Physiology/Water Resources.

Molecular Biology

  • Sycheva, Lada.  2009.  Redox-linked conformation change of cytochromes involved in dissimilatory metal reduction.  M.S. in Molecular Biology.  [Co-Advisor C. Eggleston]

Water Resources

  • Chen, Liang.   2012.  Microbial Passivation Analysis and Electrochemical Depassivation of Iron in Zero-Valent Iron Permeable Reactive Barriers Designed for TCE Remediation. Ph.D. in Groundwater Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, PRC. [Co-Advisor Fei Liu, Department of Water Resources and Environment, CUGChina University of Geosciences].