Edward J. Bouwer

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Bouwer’s research interests encompass factors that influence biotransformation of contaminants, bioremediation for control of contaminated soils and groundwaters, biofilm kinetics, biological processes design in wastewater, industrial, and drinking water treatment, transport and fate of microorganisms in porous media, and the behavior of metal and organic contaminants in sediments and aquatic ecosystems. In 2008, he was appointed the Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins, and in 2010, received the George Warren Fuller award in the Chesapeake Section from the American Water Works Association. 

Selected Publications:

  • Bohutskyi, P., T. Kula, B.A. Kessler, Y. Hong, E.J. Bouwer, M.J. Betenbaugh, and F.C.T. Allnutt, “Mixed Trophic State Production Process for Lipid-Rich Microalgae:  I.  Integration of Biodiesel Production with Biogas Generation,” BioEnergy Research, in press (published online, 2014).
  • Yan, Z., E.J. Bouwer, and M. Hilpert, “Coupled Effects of Chemotaxis and Growth on Traveling Bacterial Waves,” J. Contaminant Hydrology, 164, 138-152, 2014.
  • Bohutskyi, P., K. Liu, B.A. Kessler, T. Kula, Y. Hong, E.J. Bouwer, M.J. Betenbaugh, and F.C.T. Allnutt, “Mineral and Non-Carbon Nutrient Utilization and Recovery during Sequential Phototrophic-Heterotrophic Growth of Lipid-Rich Algae,” Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 98:11, 5261-5273, 2014.
  • Onesios Barry, K.M., D. Berry, J. Proescher, I.K.A. Sivakumar, and E.J. Bouwer, “Removal of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products During Water Recycling: Microbial Community Structure and Effects of Substrate Concentration,” Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80:8, 2440-2450, 2014. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.03693-13.
  • Bohutskyi, P., M.J. Betenbaugh, and E.J. Bouwer, “The effects of alternative pretreatment strategies on anaerobic digestion and methane production from different algal strains,” Bioresource Technology, 155, 366-372, 2014.
  • Hong, Y., E. Rifkin, and E.J. Bouwer, “Modeling Mercury Distribution in the Sarasota Bay Ecosystem using SERAFM and Stable Isotope Ratios of Nitrogen (δ15N) in Biota,” Environmental Engineering Science, 31:3, 135-147, 2014.
  • Wadhawan, A.R., A.T. Stone, and E.J. Bouwer, “Biogeochemical Controls on Hexavalent Chromium Formation in Estuarine Sediments,” Environmental Science and Technology, 47:15, 8220-8228, 2013.
  • Hong, Y., P. Hull, E. Rifkin, and E.J. Bouwer, “Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification of Mercury and Selenium in the Sarasota Bay Ecosystem (USA),” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 32:5, 1143-1152, 2013.
  • Yu, J.T., K.J. Bisceglia, E.J. Bouwer, A.L. Roberts, and M. Coelhan, “Determination of Pharmaceuticals and Antiseptics in Water by Solid Phase Extraction and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry:  Analysis via Pentafluorobenzylation and Stable Isotope Dilution,” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 403, 583-591, 2012.
  • Graham, A.M. and E.J. Bouwer, “Oxidative Dissolution of Pyrite Surfaces by Hexavalent Chromium:  Surface Site Saturation and Surface Renewal,” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 83, 379-396, 2012.
  • Onesios, K.M. and E.J. Bouwer, “Biological Removal of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products during Laboratory Soil Aquifer Treatment Simulation with Different Primary Substrate Concentrations,” Water Research, 46, 2365-2375, 2012.
  • Hong, Yongseok, S. Hunter, L. Clayton, E. Rifkin, and E.J. Bouwer, “Assessment of Mercury and Selenium Concentrations in Captive Bottlenose Dolphin’s (Tursiops truncates) Diet Fish, Blood, and Tissue,” Science of the Total Environment, 414, 220-226, 2012.
  • Hong, Yongseok, E. Rifkin, and E.J. Bouwer, “Combination of Diffusive Gradient in a Thin Film Probe and IC-ICP-MS for the Simultaneous Determination of CH3Hg+ and Hg2+ in Oxic Water,” Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 6429-6436, 2011.

Regional Experience:

North America, Europe, and China

Research Tools:

Laboratory Science, Conceptual Modeling, Quantitative Modeling

Themes Categories:

Water and Health
Water in the Environment
Water and Agriculture
Water and Energy
Water Infrastructure

People Categories:

NSF IGERT Participant


Edward Bouwer, biotransformation of contaminants, waste water treatment