Ed Kolodziej began his academic studies with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University (1998), after which he focused on environmental issues and went to the University of California at Berkeley where he received his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2004) in Environmental Engineering. He came to the UW in 2014 as part of the UW Freshwater Science Initiative, with a joint appointment with the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (UW Tacoma) and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UW Seattle). Prior to the UW, he spent seven years at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is affiliated with local and regional water quality efforts through The Center for Urban Waters.
Ed’s interests include water quality and contaminant fate in natural and engineered systems, especially focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to complex environmental issues affecting water and ecosystem health. His research group works to characterize and control non-point source pollution, understand attenuation mechanisms in natural systems, and optimize engineered systems for trace contaminant removal. His research has been published in Science, and featured in news media such as Nature, Scientific American, U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo Health News, BBC Radio’s “Inside Science,” and the Huffington Post among others.