Lisa Rodenburg
Lisa Totten

Associate Professor
Environmental Organic Chemistry

Education: Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, The John Hopkins University
BA in Chemistry, Wittenberg University

Phone: 848-932-5774
Office:  Room 348, ENRS building

Mailing address:

14 College Farm Rd.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Research Interests

·       Fate of anthropogenic chemicals, particularly PCBs in water/air/sediment/biota.  

·       Microbial dehalogenation of PCBs, dioxins, PBDEs, etc.

·       Non-Aroclor sources of PCBs.

·       Source apportionment, mass balances, and trackdown of sources of POPs in air/water/sediment/biota.

·       Managing large data sets on environmental contamination; data mining.

·       Air/water exchange of contaminants.  

·       Measurement of organic chemicals in environmental matrixes.


PCB-11 and other PCBs in Pigments

My work was recently featured in a report on Good Morning America.  Video Here.

To learn more about this issue, check out the articles in Scientific American and Environmental Health Perspectives.

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Environmental Applications of Organic Chemistry 11:375:340 (Spring every year)

Environmental Organic Chemistry 16:375:522  (Spring every year; cross-listed with 375:340 above)

Environmental Science Literacy 11:375:197 (Spring every year; house course for the Environmental Science Living-Learning Community, part of the Douglass Project for Women in STEM)


Mentoring high school students for science fair projects
See also My Story


Excellence in Review Award from Environmental Science and Technology 2014

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry
ACS Environmental Division Graduate Student Paper Award 1998
ACS Environmental Division Graduate Student Award 1998
Graduate Student Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1994-1997
Dean’s Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, 1993, 1998
National Merit Scholar, 1987-1991
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wittenberg University

Recent Publications  (* - author is a current or former student of mine)




1.     Rodenburg, LA; Krumins, V; Curran, JC.  Microbial dechlorination of polychlorinated biphenyls, dibenzo-p-dioxins, and -furans at the Portland Harbor superfund site, Oregon, USA.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2015 49, 7227−7235.

2.     Rodenburg, LA; Guo J*; Christie, RM. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in pigments: inadvertent production and environmental significance.  Coloration Technology. 2015 Accepted in press.

3.     Rodenburg, LA; Delistraty, D; Meng, Q.  Polychlorinated biphenyl congener patterns in fish near the Hanford Site (Washington State, USA).  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2015, 49, 2767–2775.

4.     Xiong, Y; Krogmann, U; Mainelis, G; Rodenburg, LA; Andrews, CJ.  Indoor air quality in green buildings: A case-study in a residential high-rise building in the northeastern United States.  Journal Of Environmental Science And Health, Part A.  2014, 50(3), 225-242.

5.     Guo, J*; Capozzi, SL*; Kraeutler, TM*§; Rodenburg, LA.  Global distribution and local impacts of inadvertently generated polychlorinated biphenyls in pigments. Environ. Sci. Technol.  2014, 48, 8573-8580. 

6.     Zhen, H.; Du, S*; Rodenburg, L.A.; Mainelis, G.; Fennel, D.E.  Reductive Dechlorination of 1,2,3,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin and Aroclor 1260, 1254 and 1242 by a Mixed Culture Containing Dehalococcoides mccartyi strain 195.  Water Research.  2014, 52, 51-62.

7.     Rodenburg, LA; Meng, Q; Yee, D.; Greenfield, BK.  Evidence for photolytic and microbial debromination of brominated diphenyl ether flame retardants in San Francisco Bay sediment.  Chemosphere.  2014, 106, 36-43.

8.     Praipipat, P.*; Rodenburg, L.A.; Cavallo, G.J.  Source Apportionment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the sediments of the Delaware River.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2013, 47 (9), 4277–4283.

9.     Rodenburg, L.A.; Meng, Q.  Source Apportionment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Chicago Air from 1996-2007.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2013, 47 (8), 3774–3780. 

10.  Liu, H.; Park, J-W.; Fennell, D. E.;  Rodenburg, L. A.; Verta, M.; Häggblom, M.M.  Microbial Reductive Dechlorination of Weathered Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans in Kymijoki Sediment Mesocosms.  Chemosphere.  2013, 92(2), 212-221.

11.  Sandy, A.L.*; Guo, J.*; Miskewitz, R.J.; McGillis, W.R.; Rodenburg, L.A.  Mass transfer coefficients for volatilization of polychlorinated biphenyls from the Hudson River, New York measured using micrometeorological approaches.  Chemosphere.  2012, 90(5), 1637-1643. 

12.  Rodenburg, L.A.; Du, S.*; Lui, H.; Guo, J.*; Oseagulu, N.* §; and Fennell, D. E.  Evidence for dechlorination of polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and –furans in wastewater collection systems in the New York metropolitan area.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2012, 46, 6612–6620.

13.  Sandy, A.L.*; Guo, J.*; Miskewitz, R.J.; McGillis, W.R.; Rodenburg, L.A.  Fluxes of polychlorinated biphenyls volatilizing from the Hudson River, New York measured using micrometeorological approaches.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2012, 46, 885-891.

14.  Rodenburg, L.A.; Du, S.*; Xiao, B.; Fennell, D.E.  Source Apportionment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the New York/New Jersey Harbor.  Chemosphere. 2011, 83, 792–798.

15.  Park, J-W.; Krumins, V.; Kjellerup, B.V.; Fennell, D. E.; Rodenburg, L.A.; Sowers, K.R.; Kerkhof, L.J.; Häggblom, M. M.  The effect of co-substrate activation on indigenous and bioaugmented PCB dechlorinating bacterial communities in sediment microcosms.  Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2011, 89, 2005-2017.

16.  Rodenburg, L.A.; Fennell, D.E.; Du, S.*; Cavallo, G.J.  Evidence for Widespread Dechlorination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Groundwater, Landfills, And Wastewater Collection Systems.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2010, 44, 7534-7540.

17.  Cwiertny, D.; Arnold, W.A.; Kohn, T.; Rodenburg, L.A.; Roberts, A.L.  Reactivity of Alkyl Polyhalides toward Granular Iron: Development of QSARs and Reactivity Cross Correlations for Reductive Dehalogenation.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2010, 44, 7928–7936.

18.  Rodenburg, L.A.; Valle, S. N.; Panero, M. A.; Munoz, G. R.; Shor, L. M.  Mass Balances on Selected Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the New York/New Jersey Harbor.  Journal of Environmental Quality.  2010, 39, 642-653.

19.  Rodenburg, L.A.; Guo*, J.; Du*, S.; Cavallo, G.J.  Evidence for Unique and Ubiquitous Environmental Sources of 3,3’-dichlorobiphenyl (PCB 11).  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2010, 44, 2816–2821.  DOI: 10.1021/es901155h

20.  Krumins, V.; Park, J.W.; Son, E.K.; Rodenburg, L.A.; Kerkhof, L.J.; Haggblom, M.M.; Fennell, D.E.  PCB Dechlorination Enhancement in Anacostia River Sediment.  Water Research.  2009, 43 (18), 4549-4558.

21.  Du*, S; Wall*, SJ; Cacia*§, D; Rodenburg, LA.  Passive Air Sampling for Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the Philadelphia, USA Metropolitan Area.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2009, 43, 1287-1292.

22.  Du*, S; Belton, T. J.; Rodenburg, L.A. Source Apportionment of PCBs in the Tidal Delaware River.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2008, 42, 4044–4051.

23.  Zarnadze*, A.; Rodenburg, L.A.  Water Column Concentrations and Partitioning of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in the New York/New Jersey Harbor, USA.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  2008, 27 (8), 1636–1642.  DOI: 10.1897/07-619