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Natalie L. Cápiro
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


2007 Ph.D., Rice University, Civil and Environmental Engineering
2003 M.S., Rice University, Civil and Environmental Engineering
2000 B.S., Cornell University, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Prof. Cápiro's research interests include environmental biotechnology and bioremediation applications, fate and transport of persistent organic groundwater contaminants, and development and testing of innovative in situ remediation technologies.

Short Bio

Prof. Cápiro is a member of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) research group within CEE and the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory (IMPES). While addressing issues of subsurface remediation, she has worked at scales ranging from microcosms to the pilot-scale, and the results have helped support field studies through collaborations with practicing consultants and site managers. Her recent laboratory projects have centered round evaluating microbial and contaminant interactions at the NAPL-water interface, and characterizing the spatial and temporal changes of key dechlorinating bacteria.


CEE 30 Environmental Chemistry

Professional Positions

  • August 2009-Present Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering, Tufts University
  • September 2006-July 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Funded Research

  • Evaluation of Partitioning Electron Donors for Enhanced Bioremediation of Chlorinated Solvent Source Zones. National Science Foundation, Division of Earth Sciences: Hydrologic Sciences Program.
    Principal Investigator with Kurt D. Pennell (co-PI, Tufts University). July 2012-2015.
  • Secondary Impacts of In Situ Remediation on Groundwater Quality and Post-Treatment Management Strategies. Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
    Co-Principal Investigator with Kurt D. Pennell (Project Director, Tufts University) and Frank E. Löffler (co-PI, University of Tennessee). June 2011-2014.

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Distinguished Science and Engineering Fellow of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
  • Eleanor and Mills Bennett Fellowship in Hydrology
  • Carl Storm Fellowship

Service Memberships

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors