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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Durant

Professor

John Durant

Professor

Phone 617-627-5489
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
environmental engineering, fate and transport of pollutants in surface water and air
Biography: 

John Durant is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from MIT.

Education: 
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1993
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1991
B.S., Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, 1984
Professional Experience: 
1995-present:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2001-present: Associate Professor
  • 1995-2001: Assistant Professor
2011:

Visiting Research Scientist, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University of Utrecht

1993-1995:

Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Environmental Health Sciences, MIT

1987-1993:

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

1986-1987:

Environmental Scientist, Camp Dresser & McKee

1984-1985:

Fisheries Observer, National Marine Fisheries Service

Research Interests: 

John Durant's research interests include air pollution monitoring and modeling, effect-directed analysis of environmental samples, watershed-scale chemical fate and transport processes, and chemical exchange between surface waters and aquatic sediments.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2015: Elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2010: Tufts Community Research Center Award
  • 2006: Mystic Mover and Shaker Award, Mystic Watershed Collaborative
  • 1999: Leadership in Teaching Award, Alewife/Mystic River Advocates
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, MA
  • 2012-present: Chair of Steering Committee, Water: Systems Science and Society program, Tufts School of Engineering
  • 2011-2013: Chair, Watershed Management Technical Committee, ASCE
  • 2006-present: Faculty Mentor, Tufts Chapter of Engineers Without Borders
  • 2005-present: Program Director, B.S. in Environmental Engineering program, Tufts School of Engineering
Selected Funded Research: 
  • Health Effects Resulting from Exposure to Near-Highway Air Pollutants, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI-NIH), 2010-2015, Co-Investigator, $300,000.

  • Cardiovascular Health Benefits of Indoor Air Filtration, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 2010-2013, Principal Investigator, $481,891.

  • Community Assessment of Freeway Exposures and Health (CAFEH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS-NIH), 2008-2013, Co-Investigator, $350,000.

  • Engineering Interventions in the Primary Prevention of Schistosomiasis in Rural Ghana, Tisch College (at Tufts University), 2006-2008, Co-Principal Investigator, $60,000.

  • Evaluation of Up-flow Circulators to Control Eurasian Watermilfoil in a Suburban Lake, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2006-2008, Principal Investigator, $75,000.

  • Watershed and In-Lake Controls to Manage Phosphorus and Arsenic Levels in an Urban Lake, Town of Arlington, Massachusetts, 2004-2007, Principal Investigator, $75,000.

  • The Quito Integrated Environment and Policy Study, National Institute of Health, 2003-2005, Co-Principal Investigator (with others at Tufts) $320,000.

  • Improved Science and Decision Support for Managing Watershed Nutrient Loads, US Environmental Protection Agency, 2003-2005, Co-Principal Investigator (with others at Tufts and Massachusetts Institute of Technology) $750,000.

  • EMPACT Grant: Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling for Equitable Recreation on the Mystic River, US EPA, subcontract to the City of Somerville, 2001-2003, Co-Principal Investigator (with others at Tufts) $359,000.

Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Civil Engineers
International Society of Exposure Science
Recent Theses and Projects: 
  • Jess Perkins (MS Thesis Advisor) Mobile monitoring of air pollutants in the central artery tunnel, Boston, MA

  • Caitlin Collins (Senior Honors Thesis Advisor) Development of stochastic models for estimating airborne ultrafine particle concentrations near highways

  • Chad Milando (Senior Honors Thesis Advisor) Estimation of ultrafine particle emissions factors on a highway using the Quick Urban Industrial Complex (QUIC) model

  • Piers MacNaughton (Senior Honors Thesis Advisor) Monitoring vertical dispersion of ultrafine and fine particles in an urban air column

  • Jeff Trull (MS Thesis Advisor) Impact of seasonal changes in meteorology on size distribution of ultrafine particles near highways

  • Jamie deLemos (PhD Thesis Advisor) Redistribution of Uranium and identification of high risk exposure areas within the Church Rock Mining District, Navajo Nation, New Mexico

  • Christine Ash (MS Thesis Advisor) Spatial and temporal variations in ultrafine particulate matter and other air pollutants throughout the morning near a major highway in a city

  • Naomi Slagowski (MS Thesis Advisor) Evaluation of in-lake water circulators for reducing Milfoil in Lake Cochituate

  • Charline Han (MS Thesis Advisor) Risk Factors for the Transmission of Urinary Schistosomiasis in a Rural Ghanaian Community Impacted by Gold Mining

  • Erica Scheckel (MS Thesis Advisor) Phosphorus and Arsenic remobilization from the sediments of an alum treated lake

  • Michele Cutrofello (MS Thesis Advisor) Fate and Transport of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in the Aberjona River.

  • Megan Brachtl (MS Thesis Advisor) Spatial and temporal variations and source emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Quito, Ecuador.

  • Marc Zubick (MS Thesis Advisor) Distinguishing Historical and Present-day Sources of PAH to Urban Lakes.

  • Valerie Monastra (MS Thesis Advisor) Environmental Legacy of Arsenical Herbicide Application to Lakes and Ponds in Massachusetts and its policy implications

  • Kim Oriel (MS Thesis Advisor) Predictive bacteria models for a sewage-impacted urban watershed

  • Matt Heberger (MS Thesis Committee Member) Modeling Nonpoint Source Bacteria Loading in Urban Rivers

  • Paul Lattanzi (MS Thesis Advisor) Persistence and Remobilization of Arsenic in Massachusetts Lakes Treated with Arsenical Herbicides

  • Christine Tabak (MS Thesis Committee Member) Predicting Sediment Loads in the Aberjona River, MA: A Comparison of Physical and Regression Models

  • Rebecca Overacre (MS Thesis Advisor) Road salt impacts on the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus in a stratified lake.

  • Jeff Wong, Julie Litzenberger, Shannon Cahill, and Becca Pease (Faculty Advisor CEE Senior Design Project). "Design for the Restoration of Spy Pond, Arlington, MA"; Presented at the Parsons Brinckerhoff Student Design Competition, ASCE/EWRI Water Resources Planning Conference, Roanoke, VA, May, 2002 (the students took first place based on their paper and presentation).

  • Kate Meierdiercks and Dahlia Naveh (Special Project Advisor). "Mapping the Bathymetry of Spy Pond (Arlington, MA)"

  • Kim Oriel, Sarah Widing, John Helwig, Cristina Correa, Christina Connor-Cerezzo, Kevin Stazowski, Kristina Ekholm, and Ian Jarvis (Faculty Advisor CEE Senior Design Project). "The Design of an Environmentally-Sustainable Community for Rural New Mexico" (this project won first-place at the 11th annual WERC competition in Las Cruces, NM).

  • Kalsoum Abbasi (MS Thesis Committee Member) Monitoring and Modeling of Phosphorus in Spy Pond, Arlington, MA.

  • Katherine LeBlanc (MS Thesis Co-Advisor) Stabilization of coal tar wastes in concrete.

  • Katherine Bednar (MS Thesis Advisor) An emissions inventory of combustion-generated particulate matter in air in Massachusetts for 1990 (graduated in February 2000).

  • Nat Woodruff (MS Thesis Advisor) Human cell mutagenicity of disinfection byproducts.

  • Tatianna Ivushkina (MS Thesis Advisor) Toxic elements in the sediments of the Alewife Brook and Mill Brook Watersheds.

  • Janna Dunbar (MS Thesis Advisor) Determining the contribution of mobile sources of PAH to urban air using a real-time PAH monitor

Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE-0030: Environmental Chemistry
CEE-0132: Environmental Engineering Processes
CEE-0172: Fate and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment
CEE-0194: Atmospheric Chemistry

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