Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences | Rutgers-New Brunswick

Beth Ravit

Education: Ph.D., Rutgers University
Phone: 848-932-5752


Research Interests

My research is focused on the issues associated with urban environmental restoration and environmental resource re-use. Current projects include recovery of irrigation "gray water" from landfill leachate, beneficial re-use of anaerobic sludge biosolids, and conversion of a brownfield to a wetland-dominated greenfield. I am also actively involved in research supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to restore oyster reef habitat in the NY/NJ harbor estuary.

I am founder and director of the Rutgers Environmental Research Clinic, whose mission is to bring interdisciplinary academic expertise into the public domain, while providing graduate students the opportunity to utilize these "real world" challenges as part of their research experience. I am also actively involved in establishing the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) to contribute solutions for NJ's urban environmental issues.

Courses I have taught include Microbial Ecology (graduate and undergraduate) and Introduction to Environmental Science (Spring 2009).

Recent Publications:

Ravit, B. Obropta, C., Kallin, P. 2008. Restoration of a forested riparian ecosystem: A baseline characterization approach to wetland enhancement in an urban watershed. Urban Habitats 5(1):126-152.

Ravit, B., 2008. Rohleder, L., Johnson, L., Ehrenfeld, J., Kallin, P. Restoration of a forested riparian ecosystem: A vegetation survey of Teaneck Creek wetlands. Urban Habitats 5(1):199-214.

Obropta, C., Kallin, P., Mak, M., Ravit, B. 2008. Restoration of a forested riparian ecosystem: Modeling urban wetland hydrology 5(1):183-198.

Ravit, B., Ehrenfeld, J.G., Häggblom, M.M., Bartels, M. 2007. The Effects of Hydrology and Nutrient Inputs on Two Estuarine Macrophytes and their Root-Associated Microbial Communities. Wetlands 27(4):915-927.

Babson, D., Krogmann, U., Fennell, D., Ravit, B. 2007. Development of a dynamic energy balance to assess operating efficiency of the Burlington County bioreactor landfill in New Jersey (USA). Proceedings Sardinia 2007, Eleventh International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Cagliari, Italy.

Häggblom, M. M., Fennell, D., Ahn, Y-B., Ravit, B. Kerkhof, L. 2006. Anaerobic dehalogenation of halogenated organic compounds: Novel strategies for bioremediation of contaminated sediments. In Viable Methods of Soil and Water Pollution Monitoring, Protection, and Remediation. NATO Science /series IV. Vol. 69. Springer. The Netherlands.

Ravit, B., Turpin, B., Seitzinger, S. 2006. A Study to Link Atmospheric N Deposition with Surface and Groundwater N and Denitrification Capabilities in an Urban New Jersey Wetland. New Jersey Flows. 7(2).

Ravit, B., Häggblom, M.M., Ehrenfeld, J.G. 2006. Salt Marsh vegetation affects rhizosphere microbial community structure and function. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38(8):2359-2371.

Ehrenfeld, J. G., B. Ravit, Elgersma, K. 2005. Feedback in the Plant-Soil System. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 30:7.1-7.41.

Ravit, B., Häggblom, M.M., Ehrenfeld, J.G. 2005.Salt Marsh Rhizosphere Affects Biotransformation of a Widespread Halogenated Contaminant. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 37:1049-1057.

Ravit, B., Ehrenfeld, J.G., Häggblom, M.M. 2003. A Comparison of Sediment Microbial Communities Associated with Phragmites Australis and Spartina alterniflora in Two Brackish Wetlands of New Jersey. Estuaries 26(2B):465-474





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