The Remucal group on Lake Mendota.


Assistant Professor Christy Remucal (née Christina Renée Keenan) leads the Aquatic Chemistry group at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a faculty member in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program, and the Limnology & Marine Science Program. She holds an MS (2004) and a PhD (2009) in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS (2003) in Environmental Engineering Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the UW faculty, Christy completed a post-doc in the Institute for Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. A complete CV is available here.

PhD Students

Megan McConville received her B.A. in environmental chemistry from Whitman College in 2007. She then spent a year studying water management in the Netherlands at the Technical University in Delft and the UNESCO-Institute for Water Education, also in Delft. From 2009 to 2012 Megan worked as an environmental consultant at Ross Environmental Associates, Inc. in Stowe, Vermont. Currently she is studying photochemistry and the role pH, natural organic matter, and sunlight play on the photodegredation of lampricides, chemicals used in the Great Lakes to target the sea lamprey, an invasive species. In her free time, Megan enjoys playing soccer, woodworking, and biking (occasionally in the snow).


Andrew Maizel is a doctoral student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, working in the lab of Dr. Christy Remucal. At UW-Madison he studies the photochemistry of DOM using novel size fraction techniques and advanced mass spectrometry instruments. Andrew obtained a BA in Molecular Biology in 2006 and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2010, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he worked as a physical sciences research technician in the Microbial Ecology Lab of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland and as an analytical chemist at Brooks Rand Labs in Seattle, Washington.


Erin Ostrem received a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 2008. She then spent a year with Americorps restoring salmon habitat in the Puget Sound area, and attended a year as a post baccheloreate at the University of Washington-Seattle studying Environmental Science. She is currently co-advised by Christy Remucal and Jae-Hyuk Yu, and is investigating the degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by the soil dwelling fungus Aspergillus.


Sarah Balgooyen received a B.S. in chemistry from Michigan State University in 2013. She worked as an X-ray diffraction technician for a year before coming to UW-Madison in 2014. She is co-advised by Christy Remucal and Matt Ginder-Vogel and currently studies reactions between liquid-phase organics and solid-phase inorganics. One example is the oxidation of Bisphenol A by solid-phase manganese oxide (MnO2). In her free time, Sarah likes to run, bike, and ski.


Devon Manley received her B.A. in Chemistry with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Grinnell College. She is currently a doctoral student in the Environmental Chemistry and Technology program. She has previously done research at Grinnell College, ETH Zurich, and Duke University. Her current research focuses on the degradation of organic contaminants in drinking water by photolysis of chlorine. In her free time, Devon likes to travel, play soccer, and crochet.


Emma Leverich received a B.A. in Chemistry and Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Grinnell College in 2016. As an undergraduate, Emma worked as a research and development intern for 9 months at Kemin Industries and a research assistant at Grinnell College for a year, studying the degradation of methylmercury in anoxic systems. She is now a doctoral student co-advised by Christy Remucal and Matt Ginder-Vogel, researching the liquid- and solid-phase chemistry that occurs during the degradation of phenolic contaminants by manganese oxides. Emma enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her dog Olaf in her free time.


Stephanie Berg received a B.S. degree in chemistry in 2016 from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She is now a doctoral student in the Environmental Chemistry and Technology program at UW-Madison and is advised by Christy Remucal. Stephanie is currently studying relationships between the composition of dissolved organic matter and its photochemical reactivity towards water contaminants. As a native of the state, Stephanie enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams. Go Badgers!


Undergraduate Researchers

Gabrielle Campagnola


Natan Cohen


Owen Walcott


Group Alumni