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Joel Pedersen

Joel Pedersen

Expert on organic contaminants, prions and nanoparticles in the environment

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, soil science, civil and environmental engineering College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Work: 608-263-4971 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Pharmaceuticals (e.g., antibiotics) in water and soil environments
  • Fate of prions in natural and engineered environments, environmental transmission of prion diseases (e.g., chronic wasting disease, scrapie)
  • Environmental fate and effects of engineered nanomaterials


  • National Science Foundation CAREER award
  • American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America Early Career Professional Award
  • Co-leader of interdisciplinary research on environmental health and safety implications of engineered nanomaterials, UW-Madison Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center