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About Greg

I am an assistant professor of the Environmental Engineering and Science program in the at the University of Iowa, where I started in 2016. I’m also a faculty member and instructor in the Sustainable Water Development Program (SWD) and an assistant faculty research engineer at IIHR- Hydroscience & Engineering. I have been passionate about the environment for as long as I can remember. My goal is to understand important environmental processes that impact the quality of our land and water to protect ecosystem and public health.

My job is multifaceted. My specific research goal is to discovery novel transformation products and pathways for emerging contaminants in the environment to enable sustainable treatment processes. I develop greater understanding of natural processes through the interrogation of nature and the scientific method. I develop solutions to environmental challenges facing our species and the planet. I have to amazing opportunity to share in the process of discovery with students and colleagues. My job is to stay curious and creative, bring out the best in people, and stay humble to ask the next questions.



Gregory H. LeFevre, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering & Science

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of Iowa



4106 Seaman Center for Engineering

Iowa City, IA 52242



University of Iowa Program Affiliations

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering | Assistant Professor | 1/2016-Present

Iowa Institute of Hydraulics Research (IIHR) | Assistant Faculty Research Engineer | 1/2016-Present

Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research | Member | 1/2016-Present

Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing | Researcher | 1/2016-Present

Environmental Health Sciences Research Center | Associate Member  | 1/2018-Present

Iowa Neonicotinoid Collaboratory

Associate Member, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center



Postdoctoral Scholar Environmental Engineering & Sciences, STANFORD UNIVERSITY

10/2012−10/2015 | Advisors: Richard G. Luthy, Elizabeth S. Sattely

NSF Research Center for Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

2/2009−8/2012 | Advisors: Paige J. Novak, Raymond M. Hozalski

Fate and Degradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Stormwater Bioretention Cells

Minnesota BioTechnology Institute and Institute on the Environment affiliate


M.S. Environmental Engineering, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

9/2007−2/2009 | Advisors: Paige J. Novak, Raymond M. Hozalski



8/2003−12/2006 | Advisor: John S. Gierke

summa cum laude | Minor: German language; Concentration: Engineering Enterprise


Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Early Career Scholar of the Year award, University of Iowa
  • 2019 NSF CAREER award
  • 2019 Royal Society of Chemistry “Best Paper” in environmental sciences, critical review
  • 2019 Invited Speaker, James Morgan Great Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology Session Spring ACS Meeting
  • 2019 Invited Speaker, Royal Society of Chemistry Environmental Sciences Symposium
  • 2018 National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Selected Participant, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 2018 Visiting Scholar, German Bioeconomy Institute (BioSC), RWTH University of Aachen, Germany
  • 2018 NSF National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Selected Participant, Data to Motivate Synthesis Workshop
  • 2018 “Best Graduate Poster Award” UIowa College of Engineering Research Open House
  • 2017 BEST PAPER award Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • 2017 ACS Editor’s Choice Award for article in Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • 2013 AEESP Paul V. Roberts Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • 2007-2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2011 US-European Commission Course in Environmental Biotechnology (Selected Participant, 1 of 12 in US)
  • 2011 ARCS Foundation Fellowship (Achievement Reward for College Scientists, 1 of 2 in Minnesota)
  • 2011 Academic Excellence Award Central States Water Environment Association
  • 2009 American Water Works Advanced Degree Scholarship
  • 2007-2012 NSF Integrative Graduate Education & Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellow
  • 2007 University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowship (1 of 60)
  • 2005 Morris K. Udall Scholar (U.S. Congressional Environmental Fellowship, 1 of 80 in US)
  • 2006 World Wildlife Fund Scholar (1 of 16 in US)
  • 2005 Haested Methods National Hydrologic Modeling Competition Scholarship (1st Place)
  • 2003 American Groundwater Trust Scholarship
  • 2003 Aldo Leopold Conservation Scholarship

Greg as an invited attendee at the NAE conference in Japan 2018.



Last modified on February 27th, 2020
Posted on July 8th, 2016