Engineering phytoecosystems for water quality and health

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Ecological Engineering in the Tropics

One of my favorite aspects of my job is the variety of activities that I can lead.  The video below is about the study abroad course I co-instruct during winter breaks with Dr. Luke Reese.  I love teaching this course and it’s amazing how much the students learn in two weeks!

Personally, I think more photos of the technical aspects of our tours (e.g., the digesters, wetlands, food processing plants) would have improved the video – but I can see how that may not be as broadly interesting as sloths and humming birds.  Here’s some of the pictures that give a more technical view of the course.


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Announcing our summer 2015 NSF IRES participants

Our group is glad to welcome this year’s participants in our NSF IRES program.  These students will be joining Ronald Aguilar in Costa Rica for ten weeks this summer to complete a research project, with the help of collaborators from the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Congratulations to our EPA P3 team for winning a Phase II grant!

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Rebecca Bender and Ronald Aguilar, current graduate students in Dr. Reinhold’s research group, successfully led a senior design team consisting of Gina Masell, Nicole Kruse, and Brian Smith to win a Phase II implementation grant for our work in Talamanca, Costa Rica.  With this grant, we will install drinking water and anaerobic digestion/wetland systems in a small indigenous community in 2015 and 2016.

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Our full list of peer-reviewed publications

Beutel, M.W., Diemont, S., and Reinhold, D. (2015) “The 13th annual conference of the American ecological engineering society: Ecological engineering and the dawn of the 21st century”. Ecological Engineering 78: 1 – 5.

Aryal, N. and Reinhold, D. (2015). “Reduction of metal leaching by poplars during soil treatment of wastewaters: Small-scale proof of concept studies.” Ecological Engineering 78: 53 – 61.

Adhikari, U., Harrigan, T., and Reinhold, D. (2015). “Use of duckweed-based constructed wetlands for nutrient recovery and pollutant reduction from dairy wastewater.” Ecological Engineering 78: 6 – 14.

Mathews, S., Henderson, S., and Reinhold, D. (2014).  “Uptake and Accumulation of Antimicrobials, Triclocarban and Triclosan, by Food Crops in a Hydroponic System.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research 21 (9): 6025 – 6033.

Yaseen, H., Adhikari, U., Nejadhshemi, A., Harrigan, T., and Reinhold, D. (2014) “Modeling E. coli Removal in Constructed Wetlands under Pulse Loading.” Water Research 50: 441-454

Mathews, S. and Reinhold, D. (2013).  “Biosolid-borne tetracylines and sulfonamides in plants.” Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20(7): 4327-4338.

Aryal, N. and Reinhold, D. (2013). “Use of hydroponic studies to assess uptake of antimicrobials by pumpkin and zucchini.”  International Journal of Phytoremediation 15(4): 330-342.

Adhikari, U., Harrigan, T., Reinhold, D.and Waldhorn, A. (2013).  Modeling seasonal variation in bacteriophage removal in constructed wetlands using convection-dispersion equation.  Ecological Engineering.  54(1): 266-272.

Henderson, S., Triscari, P., and Reinhold, D. (2012).  “Anaerobic Digestion of Dairy Manure Combined with Duckweed (Lemnaceae).”  Biological Engineering Transactions 5(3): 147-157.

Aryal, N. and Reinhold, D. (2011).  “Phytoaccumulation of antimicrobials from biosolids: Impacts on environmental fate and relevance to human exposure.” Water Research.  45(17): 5545-5552.

Reinhold, D., Handell, L., and Saunders, F.M. (2011). “Callus cultures for phytometabolism studies: Phytometabolites of 3-trifluoromethylphenol in Lemnaceae plants and callus cultures.”  International Journal of Phytoremediation 13(07): 642 – 656.

Reinhold, D. and Aryal, N. (2011).  “Mitigation of emerging pollutants by plants.” Water Practice & Technology 6(4).

Reinhold, D., Vishwanathan, S., Park, J., Oh, D., and Saunders, F.M..  (2010). “Assessment of plant-driven removal of emerging organic pollutants by duckweed.” Chemosphere 80 (7): 687-692.

Tront, J. M. 3, Reinhold, D., Bragg, A. and Saunders, F.M. (2007). “Uptake of halogenated phenols by aquatic plants.”  Journal of Environmental Engineering 133(10): 955-961.

Reinhold, D. and Saunders, F.M.(2006a). “Development and application of oxygen production rate assessment to uptake of fluorinated organics by Lemna minor.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25(11): 3039-3045.

Reinhold, D. and Saunders, F.M.(2006b). “Phytoremediation of fluorinated pollutants by duckweed.”  Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 49(6) 2077-2083.