Jonathan Levy

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Associate Professor and Director of IES

Ph.D. 1993 University of Wisconsin

120 Shideler Hall
513-529-1947
levyj@miamioh.edu

My research addresses how to improve our capacity to make reliable and practical predictions of contaminant fate and transport in groundwater systems.  The goal of this research is to better understand the threats posed to our groundwater resources and to better protect those resources.  My research has included field and modeling investigations of the fate and transport of herbicides in groundwater, delineation of source-water protection areas and development of new techniques to quantify the uncertainty of model predictions and laboratory and modeling investigations of the transport of E. coli bacteria through unconsolidated aquifers material.  Much of my latest research focuses on groundwater/surface-water interaction and investigating the role of the riverbed in controlling riverbank filtration and induced infiltration.  I have also been exploring palygorskite clay as a potential filter medium for removing pharmaceuticals from sewage treatment plant effluent.  In addition, I am also interested in water-quality problems in the industrially-developing world.  This interest led to research and development of new research opportunities in Nepal, Kenya, Zambia and Malawi

Possible thesis/dissertation topics:

  • Investigating the sources, vulnerability, quality and sustainability of groundwater in southern Kenya.
  • Investigating groundwater/surface-water interaction in southwest Ohio.
  • Exploring the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals in clay filter media and natural systems.

Current/recent graduate student research:

  • Samuel Mutiti (Ph.D. 2009) The efficacy of riverbank infiltration on the attenuation of virus contamination at a site of induced infiltration:  use of remote sensing to find shallow groundwater resources in arid regions of southern Kenya;  Use of temperature modeling to explore the temporal variability of riverbed hydraulic conductivity.
  • Tedtros Berhane (Ph.D. in progress) Exploring alygorskite clay as a potential filter medium for pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting compounds.
  • Agnieszka Marchlewska (Ph.D. in progress) Investigation of River Dynamics and Riverbed Hydraulic Conductivity at Site of Induced Infiltration.
  • Ismael Casado-Ferrer (Ph.D. in progress) Use of stable and radiogenic isotopes in the source-area determination for Mzima Spring and other springs of the Chyulu Hills, Kenya.

Selected publications:

Berhane, T, J Levy, MPS Krekeler, N Danielson, A Stalcup (2014) Sorption-desorption of carbamazepine by palygorskite- montmorillonite (PM) filter medium.  Journal of Hazardous Materials, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.09.025.

Aza-Gnandjii, CDR, Y Xu, L Raitt, J Levy (2013) Salinity of irrigation water in the Philippi farming area of the Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa.  Water SA, 39(2): 199-209. Impact factor: 0.853; 5-yr impact factor: 0.913

Wojnar, AJ, S Mutti, J Levy (2013) Assessment of geophysical surveys as a tool to estimate riverbed hydraulic conductivity.  Journal of Hydrology, 432: 40-56.  Impact factor: 2.656; 5-yr impact factor: 3.271

Leiter, M, J Levy, S Mutiti, M Boardman, A Wojnar, and H Deka (2013)  Drinking water quality in the Mount Kasigau region of Kenya:  a source to point-of-use assessment.  Environmental Earth Sciences, 68(1): 1-12. Impact factor: 1.059; 5-yr impact factor: 1.062

Kanyerere, T, J Levy, Y Xu, J Saka (2012) Assessment of Microbial Contamination of Groundwater in Upper Limphasa River Catchment, a Rural Area of Northern Malawi.  Water SA, 38(4): 581-596. Impact factor: 0.853; 5-yr impact factor: 0.913

Levy, J, Y Xu (2012) Review: Groundwater management and groundwater/surface-water interaction in the context of South African water policy.  Hydrogeology Journal, 20: 205-226. Impact factor: 1.387; 5-yr impact factor: 1.635

Levy, J, MD Birck, S Mutiti, KC Kilroy, B Windeler, O Idris and L Allen (2011) The impact of storm events on a riverbed system and its hydraulic conductivity at a site of induced infiltration.  Journal of Environmental Management, 92: 1960-1971. Impact factor: 3.245; 5-yr impact factor: 3.161

Mutiti, S, J Levy (2010) Using temperature modeling to investigate the temporal variability of riverbed hydraulic conductivity during storm events.  Journal of Hydrology, 388: 321-334. Impact factor: 2.656; 5-yr impact factor: 3.271

Selected grants:

  • National Geographic, 2012: Climate Change and Water Resources in Southern Jordan.
  • Miami Conservancy District, Dayton, OH, 2010. Riverbed Scour and Deposition and its Influence on Riverbed Hydraulic.
  • Fulbright Regional Sharing Program, 2010: Groundwater Field Research, Student Training and Capacity Building, Nkhata-Bay, Malawi.
  • City of Oxford, 2008.  Re-delineation of Four Mile Creek Basin Source Water Protection Zones for the City of Oxford, Ohio.
  • Source Water Protection Grant Program, 2007 (Miami Conservancy District, Dayton, OH through the Village of Gratis, OH). Twin Creek Watershed Nitrate and Source-Water Protection.
  • City of Hamilton, OH, 2006.  Investigating Riverbed Hydraulic Conductivity at Several Wellfields along the Great Miami River, Southwest, Ohio.

Teaching Interests:

GLG 307 - Water and Society

GLG 408/508 - Introduction to Hydrogeology

GLG 428/528 - Groundwater Flow Modeling

GLG 482/582 - Contaminant Hydrogeology

For a complete description of the courses please see the 2014/2015 Miami Bulletin.