Current Projects

New Projects from 2020

We are proud to announce our funding of 4 new projects into 2020. For more information on the specifics of these innovative projects, check out our latest news release here. 

John Senko, Chelsea Monty-Bromer, & Thomas Quick from The University of Akron are studying electrochemical sensors for microbial activities in benthic sediments: a sentry for lacustrine P biogeochemistry. 


Dr. John M. Senko is an Associate Professional from The University of Akron 



His research interests encompass the question of how microorganisms influence the prevailing chemical conditions of a variety of "natural" and man-made systems. He is particularly interested in how the ecology, physiology, and in-situ activity of these microorganisms influence the fate of environmental contaminants. 


For contact information or more details of his research, visit his page.



Dr. Chelsea Monty-Bromer is an Associate Professor at the University of Akron in the Chemical, Biolmolecular and Corrosion Engineering department.


Her research focuses on the development of micro-scale sensors using biological mimics for the detection of toxic compounds, use of biological mimics in the detection of several toxicological modes, and bio-mimicry for non-biological inhibition- based sensors in order to chemically amplify the response from various toxic compounds.


For more information about Dr. Monty-Bromer, visit her page here.



Mr. Thomas J. Quick is a Assistant Professor of Insturction in the Geosciences department at The University of Akron. 



Mr. Quick's duties include maintaining the department's analytics equipment and insturcting students on the operation of the equipment. He is also involved in the design and fabrication of new equipment. 



To learn more about Mr. Quick and his work, click here.

Jim Hood from The Ohio State University is studying the role of Zooplankton in supporting Harmful Algal Bloom production in Western Lake Erie. 



Dr. Jim Hood  is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. 

As an ecologist, Dr. Hood seeks to both improve our general understanding of aquatic ecosystems and to determine how material and energy pathways are influenced by human induced changes. Recent research has focused on identifying how these pathways are influenced by temperature and nutrient gradients –two important drivers of ecological dynamics that are also primary drivers of global change.


To learn more about his research, check out his OSU page here, and his professional website here



The Ohio Water Resources Center is funding Matthew Saxton from Miami University is studying microorganisms and enzymes driving glyphosate degradation in Lake Erie. 

Dr. Matthew Saxton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Miami University. 

His current research focuses on the geochemistry of and microbial communities present in wet stormwater retention basins, diversity and activity of microbial communities in agricultural runoff, impact of agriculturally sourced chemicals on cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms, and ecology of sulfur oxidizing bacteria. 

To learn more about Dr. Saxton and research, visit his university page here.



Soryong Chae from the University of Cincinnati will evaluate the removal of emerging per and poly-fuloroalkyl contaminants using electrically heatable carbon nanotube hollow fiber membrane distillation.

Dr. Soryong Chae is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Science at the University of Cincinnati. 

In past projects through the Ohio Water Resources Center, Dr. Chae has created a self-cleaning membrane filtration technology that will allow for development of novel engineering solutions for the mitigation of membrane fouling and/or recovery from membrane fouling.


For more information on Dr. Chae's research, click here.

Current Project 2019



Lei Wu from Ohio University is studying capillary trapping of buoyant particles by cylindrical collectors and its application in transport of floating fertilizers in overland flow. 

Dr. Lei Wu is an Assistant Professor from the College of Engineeering and Technology and the department of Civil Engineering. 

Dr. Wu's background spans both environmental science and engineering. She's interested in using multiple-scale approaches to understand how the natural and anthropogenic stressors affect our environment (particularly aquatic environment) at every level from particle to watershed scale. 

For more information on her research, check out her website.




John Lenhart from The Ohio State University is testing cyanotoxin removal using activated carbon in order to provide guidance to utilities with HABs ensuring that treatment goals are met.


Dr John Lenhart is a Professor and the Associate Chair in the College of Engineering department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering. He is also the co-director of the Ohio Water Resources Center. Dr. Lenhart’s research focuses on water chemistry, contaminant fate and transport, and colloid and nanoparticle behavior.


For more information his research, visit here


Jorge Villa and Gil Bohrer from The Ohio State University linking wetland ecological function: towards a combined-ecosystem service quantification to promote ecosystem health in Lake Erie. 




Dr. Jorge A. Villa is a visiting Assitant Research Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering


His research consists of studying the effects of plant communities and plant species in greenhouse gas budgets in wetland and riparian ecosystems.


For more information about his research, visit his professional website here.



Dr. Gil Bohrer is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University.


His research focuses on ecohydrology, environmental fluid dynamics, eddy flux measurements, evapotranspiration, greenhouse gas emissions and modeling, large-eddy simulations, wind dispersal and movement ecology, multi-scale modeling and wetlands and forest. 


For more information on Dr. Boher's research, visit his page here.

Andy May and Linda Weavers from The Ohio State University are measuring PFAS (a.k.a., forever chemicals) in surface waters, air and soils to determine the spread of PFAS from a manufacturing site and pathways that control their distribution.




Dr. Andy May is an Assitant Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering


His research focus includes emissions, transport, and fate of air pollutants. Specifically, he focuses on passive sampling of persistent organic contaminants, wind tunnel characterization of aerosol instrumentation, and investigation of thermodynamic properties of combustion aerosol. 


To visit his professional website, click here.




Dr. Linda Weavers is a Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering. She is also the co-director of the Ohio Water Resources Center.

Dr. Weavers investigates ultrasound as a technology for hazardous waste remediation, defouling of membranes, and control of harmful algal blooms. In addition, she studies the fate of emerging contaminants and implementation of emerging water technologies. To view her CV and more information, visit here.

Patrick Ray and Faranak Behzadi from The University of Cincinnati are conducting a multidimensional risk assessment on riverine contamination through a case study of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati’s public water supply relies on the Ohio River for 85% of its source water, making it vulnerable to supply disruptions as a result of contamination of the Ohio River. The hierarchical modeling workflow developed by Dr. Ray and Dr. Behzadi enables water utilities along rivers to prepare and plan for contamination events.




Dr. Patrick Ray is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Research Center at the University of Cincinnati. in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

His research focuses on increasing the resilience of water systems to climate variability and change through the use of advanced climate science and coupled hydrologic-human system simulation, in combination with innovative water resources management techniques and methods for decision-making under uncertainty.

For more information on his research visit here



Dr. Farank Behzadi is a Research Scientist at the University of Cincinnati.


Her research focuses on various water resources related problems including computational fluid dynamics, hydrologic modeling, and river water-quality response to hydraulic uncertainties.


For more information about her research, visit here



Natalie Hull from The Ohio State University are studying the impact of filter upset during conventional surface water reateament on UV disinfection efficacy. 


Dr. Natalie Hull is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in the Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering. 

Her research interests include the application of emerging molecular biology tools, novel sensors, big data analyses, and optimized treatment technologies to better understand and control microbiomes in natural and engineered waters.

For more information on her research click here.

Projects Continuing from 2018



Mark McCarthy from Wright State University studies Maumee River sediments as a nitrogen source or sink to Lake Erie to explore the competing roles of ammonium recycling and denitrification. 

Dr. Mark J McCarthy is a Research Assistant Professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. McCarthy has spent the last 19 years studying the nitrogen cycle in aquatic systems around the world, including Taihu Lake in China, the volcanic lakes of New Zealand, coastal and estuarine areas of the Gulf of Mexico, and, most recently, the Great Lakes (Lake Erie) and Finger Lakes (New York).

For more about his research, click here 



Jeanine Refsnider from The University of Toledo is studying the adequacy of freshwater reptiles and amphibians as an indicator of the effect of toxins from harmful algal blooms on stress and immune function in freshwater reptiles and amphibians  Amphibians are ideal indicators of water quality due to their high sensitivity to aquatic contaminants, but almost nothing is known about the effects of microcystin on these organisms. The research of Dr. Refsnider aims to determine if microcystins produced by HABs in Ohio affect the health of amphibians.

Dr. Refsnider is an Assistant Professor at The University of Toledo in the Department of Environmental Sciences.

Her research explores the mechanisms underlying species’ responses to rapid environmental change and their potential to affect species persistence. The ultimate objective of her research is to improve our ability to predict the likely effects of climate change on organisms, and to develop conservation plans to minimize those effects.

For more information about her research, visit her website here.

Zuzana Boherova and Linda Weavers from The Ohio State University are developing design standards to enable the use of innovative technology in Ohio public water systems. 




Dr. Zuzana Bohrerova is a Research Specialist at The Ohio State University in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering. She is also the co-director of the Ohio Water Resources Center.


Her research focus on microbial recovery after stress (such as water and food disinfection) and dam removal and other nautral or engineering events.  


For more information on Dr Bohrerova click here.

Linda Weavers, Chin-Min Cheng and Zuzana Boherova from The Ohio State University are assessing ultrasound as a source water reservoir management strategy to control cyanobacteria blooms. 



Dr. Chin-Min "Jason" Cheng is a Senior Research Associate Engineer at  The Ohio State University in the college of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.


His research interests include applying princiuples of geochemistry in exploring beneficial use of industrial wastes and assessing the associated environmental responses and mebrane-based wastewater treatment technology. 


For more information on Dr. Cheng, visit here