Prof. Cresten Mansfeldt is continually occupied by understanding the interaction between humans, material transformation, and microbial processes on multiple scales (industrial, municipal, riverine). His most recent projects include modelling the community dynamics involved in wastewater microbial systems, determining the interaction of Eukaryotic microbes with trace organic contaminants in municipal waste, and tracking the influence of the treated wastewater treatment plant effluent on riverine systems. Prof. Mansfeldt combines computational simulations, molecular microbiology, reactor design, high-resolution analytics, and environmental monitoring to explore these topics. Additionally, he has recently begun shifting a portion of his research interest in understanding solid rather than liquid waste streams in our built environment. In summary, Prof. Mansfeldt is fascinated by how connected our modern society is through both toilet flushes and recycling pickup.
water and wastewater treatment, next generation sequencing, microbial ecology