University of Colorado
Joe Ryan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, the Director of the Environmental Engineering Program, and a faculty member of the Environmental Studies Program. He has been teaching and doing research at the University of Colorado since 1993. Before 1992, he was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey in Boulder, and he still works closely with U.S.G.S. scientists on many of his research interests. He obtained his B.S. in Geological Engineering at Princeton University in 1983 and his M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) in Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on role of surfaces and "colloids" (very small mineral and organic particles) in the fate and transport of contaminants in natural waters. Most of his research is motivated by "real" problems, like plutonium at Rocky Flats, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons released in an oil spill, mercury in the Everglades, microbes in groundwater, off-road vehicles causing erosion in the James Creek watershed, and metals released by abandoned mines in the Lefthand Creek watershed. He teaches courses that echo these interests: Water Chemistry, Aquatic Organic Contaminants, and Aquatic Surfaces and Particles. Recently, Joe has served as a technical advisor for two community groups dealing with water quality problems in Boulder County, the James Creek Watershed Initiative and the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group, with the assistance of funding from the University of Colorado's Outreach Committee.
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