Center Affiliation and Expertise: Water Quality; Population Health
Dr. Just is trained as a chemist and environmental engineer and conducts research that interfaces with state of the art analytical instrumentation and deployable sensors. He is a faculty member in the University of Iowa’s Water Sustainability Initiative which facilitates research collaborations with colleagues in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of Public Health; and in his own College of Engineering. He is an affiliate of the world-renowned water research institution, IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering and the graduate program coordinator for the Environmental Engineering & Science graduate program which is ranked in the “top ten” for public institutions by U.S. News and World Reports. Dr. Just studies the impact of freshwater mussels on nitrogen chemistry in the agriculturally influenced water of the North American Midwest. He studies the activity of anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacteria and archaea in mussel beds and during wastewater treatment. In addition, he studies the fate of explosives in plants, fungus and microbial systems as a means to protect and/or remediate receiving waters. Increasingly, Dr. Just is working in “rural” areas of the North American Midwest to better understand how small communities will achieve water sustainability in the face of decreasing population and deteriorating infrastructures.