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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Joel Pedersen

Joel Pedersen

Expert on organic contaminants, prions and nanoparticles in the environment

Associate professor, soil science, civil and environmental engineering 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