Guy Riefler

Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering
Ohio University
218 Stocker Center
Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: 740-593-1471

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

bioremediation, phytoremediation, acid mine drainage pollution remediation, storm water runoff treatment

Biographical Sketch

Guy Riefler joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Ohio University in September 2000 after completing his advanced degrees at the University of Connecticut. He has three years of environmental consulting experience at ENVIRON Corporation in Arlington, Virginia. Riefler investigates chemical and biological interactions that affect the transport and transformation of pollutants in the environment. This work typically entails the heavy use of analytical chemistry, molecular biology, and numerical modeling. Riefler’s research currently focuses on phytoremediation, chemical and biological processes in acid mine drainage remediation, stormwater treatment, and algae growth for alternative fuels and sustainable housing. He is currently developing a process to treat acid mine drainage sustainably by converting the iron sludge into profitable paint pigment. He has served as the faculty advisor for the OHIO Engineers Without Borders group in Ghana and has also worked with students in the WERC and ASCE environmental design competition. He was awarded the ODNR Mining Awareness Educator Award in 2009 and the OHIO Transformative Teaching Award in 2011. He is a registered professional environmental engineer in the state of Ohio.


Ph.D., University of Connecticut; M.S., University of Connecticut; B.S., Cornell University

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