Jennifer Weidhaas portrait
  • Associate Professor, Civil And Environmental Engin

Research Statement

Dr. Weidhaas’ research and teaching interests include environmental engineering with a particular emphasis on biological processes and the fate and transport of contaminants and microorganisms in the environment. Her recent projects include evaluation of emerging contaminants in environmental systems, chemical spills impacting water resources and bioremediation of hazardous materials. She also conducts research in the area of environmental microbiology including microbial source tracking, development of massively parallel pathogen detection methods, and evaluation of microorganism fate in environmental systems.

Research Keywords

  • Water Quality
  • Water Pollution
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Sanitary Engineering, Environmental
  • Microbial Source Tracking
  • Human Pathogens
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal or Clean-Up
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical spill prevention and response
  • Bioremediation

Presentations

  • Weidhaas, JL, 2017, Engineering Student Self-Assessment of Performance in a Team Setting: Realism versus Fantasy, ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Conference, September 22-23, Provo, Utah. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/23/2017.
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  • Weidhaas, JL, A. Anderson, R. Jamal, 2017, High density sampling of pathogenic microbial community in a fecally impaired watershed, International Water Association, May 15-19, Chapel Hill, NC. Other, Presented, 05/17/2017.
  • Weidhaas, JL, A. Panaccione, A. Anderson, S. Proudel Acharya, 2016, Sequencing batch reactor for biotransformation of 2,4-dinitroanisole (DNAN) and 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO), Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, July 24-28, New Orleans, LA (Invited Speaker). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2016.
  • Weidhaas, JL, X. Li, VJ Harwood, 2015, A Novel Microbial Source Tracking Microarray for Pathogen Detection and Fecal Source Identification in Environmental Systems, American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, August 16-20th, Boston, MA . Other, Presented, 08/2015.
  • Weidhaas, JL, T Richard, 2015, Environmental Fate and Transport of a New Military Explosive, IMX-101, Third International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies, May 18-21, Miami, FL (Invited Speaker). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2015.
  • Solo-Gabriele, H.M., Harwood, V.J., Ferguson, A., Byrne, A., Mena, K.D., Becker, A., Omachonu, V., Axelrad, D.M., Beamer, P., Buckley, B., Bursac, B., Canales, R., DiGiovanni, G.D., Dutton, M., Elmir, S., Gurian, P., Hollenbeck, J., Johnson, L., Kirkpatrick, B., Klaus, J., Lopez, I., Mormann, M., Plano, L.W., Rodriguez, R.A., Sadowsdky, M., Shalat, S., Solo-Josephson, P., Studts, J.L., Suther, S., Tarwater, P., Weidhaas, J., Wright, A., 2015. Approach for Improved Public Health Guidance for Beach Use During and After Oil Spills. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. February 16-19, Houston, TX. Other, Presented, 02/2015.
  • Mantha, SK, J. Weidhaas, 2014, A poultry litter marker gene correlates with pathogen and fecal indicator bacteria deposition, growth and transport from poultry bedding, West Virginia Academy of Science Conference, April 12, Shepardstown, WV. Other, Presented, 04/2014.
  • Weidhaas, J., T. Richard, 2013, Phytoremediation and Biodegradation of a new military explosive, IMX-101, ASCE Environmental Water Research Institute Conference, May 20-24, Cincinnati, OH. Other, Presented, 05/2013.
  • Weidhaas, J., P.W. Gautam, 2013, Spatial relationship between the trichloroethylene degrading bacteria Dehalococcoides sp., sulfate reducers and methanogens during reductive dechlorination, ASCE Environmental Water Research Institute Conference, May 20-24, Cincinnati, OH. Other, Presented, 05/2013.
  • Weidhaas, J., E. Lipscomb, 2013, Tracking Poultry Litter Contamination in the WV Potomac River Headwaters, ASCE Environmental Water Research Institute Conference, May 20-24, Cincinnati, OH. Other, Presented, 05/2013.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., 2013, Advances in the Use of Molecular Biological Tools for Site Investigation and Monitoring: An ITRC Perspective, RemTech Summit, March 5, Denver, CO. Other, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Richard, T, J. Weidhaas, 2012, Adsorption and bioremediation of explosive compound: IMX‑101 and constituents, West Virginia Academy of Science and the West Virginia Science, Technology and Research, April 12, Institute, WV. Other, Presented, 04/2012.
  • Wagle-Gautam, P, J. Weidhaas, 2012, Spatial relationship between the trichloroethylene degrading bacteria Dehalococcoides sp., sulfate reducers and methanogens during the reductive dechlorination process, West Virginia Academy of Science and the West Virginia Science, Technology and Research, April 12, Institute, WV. Other, Presented, 04/2012.

Publications

  • Weidhaas, J (2017). Engineering Student Self-Assessment of Performance in a Team Setting: Realism versus Fantasy. American Society of Engineering Education, Rocky Mountain Section Conference, September 22-23, Brigham Young University. Published, 09/22/2017.
  • Li, KW, J. Weidhaas, L. Lemonakis, H. Khouryieh, M. Stone, L. Jones, C. Shen, 2017, Microbiological Quality and Safety of Fresh Produce at West Virginia and Kentucky Farmers’ Markets and Validation of Post-Harvest Washing Practice with Antimicrobials to Inactivate Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, 79:101-108, Food Control, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.03.031. Published, 04/05/2017.
  • Mantha S, Anderson A, Acharya SP, Harwood VJ & Weidhaas J (2017). Transport and attenuation of Salmonella enterica, fecal indicator bacteria and a poultry litter marker gene are correlated in soil columns. The Science of the total environment. Vol. 598, 204-212. Published, 04/01/2017.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., L-S. Lin, K. Buzby, 2017, A case study for orphaned chemicals: 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and propylene glycol phenyl ether (PPH) in riverine sediment and water treatment processes, Science of the Total Environment, 547:1396-1404, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.08.063. Published, 01/02/2017.
  • Weidhaas, J, A. Dietrich, N.J. DeYonker, R.R. Dupont, W. Foreman, D. Gallagher, J. Gallagher, A. Whelton, W. Alexander, 2016, Enabling science support for better decision making when responding to chemical spills, Journal of Environmental Quality, 45:1490-1500, DOI: 10.2134/jeq2016.03.0090. Published, 08/16/2016.
  • Weidhaas J, Lin LS & Buzby K (2016). A case study for orphaned chemicals: 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and propylene glycol phenyl ether (PPH) in riverine sediment and water treatment processes. The Science of the total environment. Vol. 574, 1396-1404. Published, 08/01/2016.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., L-S. Lin, K. Buzby, X. Li, 2016, Biodegradation of MCHM and PPH in river microcosms and activated sludge, Journal of Environmental Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001133. Published, 05/31/2016.
  • Deng, D., J. Weidhaas, L-S. Lin, 2016, Kinetics and Microbial Ecology of Sulfate Reducing Reactors for Co-treatment of Municipal Wastewater and Acid Mine Drainage, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 305: 200-208, doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.11.041. Published, 03/15/2016.
  • Li, X., V.J. Harwood, B. Nayak, J.L. Weidhaas, 2016, Ultrafiltration and Microarray Detect Microbial Source Tracking Marker and Pathogen Genes in Riverine and Marine Systems, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(5): 1625-1635, DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02583-15. Published, 03/01/2016.
  • Nayak, B., J. Weidhaas, V.J. Harwood, 2015, LA35 Poultry Fecal Marker Persistence Is Correlated with that of Indicators and Pathogens in Environmental Waters, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81(14): 4616-4625, doi: 10.1128/AEM.00444-15. Published, 07/15/2015.
  • Li, X., V.J. Harwood, B. Nayak, C. Staley, M Sadowsky, J.L. Weidhaas, 2015, A novel microbial source tracking microarray for pathogen detection and fecal source identification in environmental systems, Environmental Science and Technology, 49(12):7319-7329, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00980. Published, 05/27/2015.
  • Blanch A, Ballesté E, Weidhaas J, Domingo J, Ryu H, Harwood V, Yates. 2015. Methods of Targeting Animal Sources of Fecal Pollution in Water, p 3.4.4-1-3.4.4-28. In Yates M, Nakatsu C, Miller R, Pillai S (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818821.ch3.4.4. Published, 05/2015.
  • Weidhaas, J., S. Mantha, E. Hair, B. Nayak, V.J. Harwood, 2015, Evidence for extra-intestinal growth of Bacteroidales originating from poultry litter, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81(1): 196-202, doi: 10.1128/AEM.02354-14. Published, 01/01/2015.
  • Richard, T., J. Weidhaas, 2014, Dissolution, sorption and phytoremediation of IMX-101 explosive formulation constituents: 2,4-dinitroanisole (DNAN); 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO); and nitroguanidine, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 280:561-569, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.08.042. Published, 09/15/2014.
  • Richard, T., J. Weidhaas, 2014, Biodegradation of IMX-101 explosive formulation constituents: 2,4-dinitroanisole; 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one; and nitroguanidine, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 280: 372-379, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.08.019. Published, 09/15/2014.
  • Weidhaas, J., E. Garner, T. Basden, V.J. Harwood, 2014, Runoff Studies Demonstrate Parallel Transport Behavior for a Marker of Poultry Fecal Contamination and Staphylococcus aureus, Journal of Applied Microbiology, 117(2): 417-429, doi: 10.1111/jam.12543. Published, 08/11/2014.
  • Weidhaas, J., E. Lipscomb, 2013, A new method for tacking poultry litter in the Potomac Basin headwaters of West Virginia, Journal of Applied Microbiology, 115(2): 445-54, doi: 10.1111/jam.12231. Published, 08/01/2013.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., R.R. Dupont, 2013, Aerobic biotransformation of N-nitrosodimethylamine and N-nitrodimethylamine in methane and benzene amended soil columns, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 150, 45-53, doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2013.04.004. Published, 07/31/2013.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., M. Zigmond, R.R. Dupont, 2012, Aerobic biotransformation of N-nitrosodimethylamine and N-nitrodimethylamine by benzene, butane, methane, propane and toluene fed cultures, Bioremediation Journal, 16(2), 74-85, doi.org/10.1080/10889868.2012.665961. Published, 04/01/2012.
  • Swift, D.L., J. Rothermel, L. Peterson, B. Orr, G. Bures, J. Weidhaas, 2012, Remediating TCE‐contaminated groundwater in low‐permeability media using hydraulic fracturing to emplace zero‐valent iron/organic carbon amendment, Remediation Journal, 22(2): 49-67, DOI: 10.1002/rem.21310. Published, 03/01/2012.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., T.W. Macbeth, R.L. Olsen, V.J. Harwood, 2011, Correlation of quantitative PCR for a Poultry-Specific Brevibacterium Marker Gene with Bacterial and Chemical Indicators of Water Pollution in a Watershed Impacted by Land Application of Poultry Litter, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(6): 2094-2102, doi: 10.1128/AEM.02555-10. Published, 03/15/2011.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., T. W. Macbeth, R. L. Olsen, M. J. Sadowsky, D. Norat and V. J. Harwood, 2010, Identification of a Brevibacterium marker gene specific to poultry litter and development of a quantitative PCR assay. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 109(1):334-347, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2010.04666.x. Published, 07/01/2010.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., D.P.Y Chang, E.D. Schroeder, 2009, Biodegradation of nitroaromatics and RDX by isolated Rhodococcus opacus, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 135(10): 1025-1031. Published, 09/15/2009.
  • Weidhaas, J.L., E.D. Schroeder, D.P.Y Chang, 2007, An aerobic sequencing batch reactor for 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (picric acid) biodegradation, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 97(6): 1408-1414, DOI: 10.1002/bit.21361. Published, 08/15/2007.