Center Affiliation and Expertise: Water Quality Thematic Area
Dr. Schnoor conducts research in the areas of environmental health and chemistry, mathematical modeling of natural waters and groundwater, phytoremediation, water sustainability, and climate change. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (elected in 1999) for pioneering work using mathematical models in science policy decisions for environmental protection. Dr. Schnoor has testified several times before Congress on pressing environmental health issues, including the environmental effects of acid deposition and the importance of passing the 1990 Clean Air Act. He served as Chair of the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, 2007-2009, appointed by Governor Chester J. Culver. Currently, he is a Core Director of the Iowa Superfund Research Program on “Phytoremediation of Airborne Sources of PCB Congeners from Soil and Groundwater,” and leads the W.M. Keck Phytotechnology Laboratory, which specializes in using plants to help clean and protect the environment, while reducing chemical exposures to humans. Dr. Schnoor brings expertise to the EHSRC in the areas of chemical exposure assessments, water sustainability and health effects, water quality modeling, and interventions involving phytoremediation.