Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering
Co-Director, MnDRIVE: Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1997
Biological transformation of hazardous substances in sediment, groundwater, and wastewater. Particular interest in how external environmental factors influence the biodegradation of these substances. Focus on PCB dechlorinators, role of dehalorespirers in the environment, estrogenic compounds in wastewater, micropollutants on microbial communities, and reactive membrane systems.
Paige Novak specializes in research on the biological transformation of hazardous substances or pollutants. The Novak lab is particularly interested in how external environmental factors influence the biodegradation of these substances or how to enhance biodegradation. Paige works both in the laboratory and in the field, trying to understand the interactions between microorganisms and environmental conditions (such as electron donor concentration and redox conditions).