Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

Water Quality Research Lab (WQRL)

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Michelle Soupir, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Iowa State University
3358 Elings Hall
Ph. 515 294 2307
Fax: 515 294 4250

B.S. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State, 1999
M.S. Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2003
Ph.D. Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2008

Positions Held
Associate Professor, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, 2014
Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, 2008-2014
Graduate Research Assistant, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2001-2008
Environmental Engineer, Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc., 2000-2001
Squaw Creek

Research Interests

Dr. Soupir’s research focuses on soil and water quality, nonpoint source pollution control, watershed management, and water quality monitoring. She uses both lab and field scale studies to examine the occurrence, fate and transport of pathogens, pathogen indicators and contaminants of emerging environmental concern (CoEECs) such as antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria to surface and groundwater systems.  Findings from these studies have implications to improve the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development and implementation process, identify the impact of landuse practices on water quality, and develop management practices to reduce pollutant transport. 

Future Students

Our research group is a team of enthusiastic individuals working towards a common goal of improving water quality in Iowa and the world!  We enjoy working with self-motivated students with a B.S. degree from a variety of disciplines including agricultural engineering, biological systems engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, agronomy, ecology, microbiology, and chemistry.  Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering are available to students with an engineering background.

Students with non-engineering backgrounds can apply to the interdisciplinary Environmental Science Graduate Program or receive provisional admission in ABE’s graduate program. Our students also have the opportunity to co-major in ISU’s one-of-a-kind Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture.

Full assistantships are currently available for qualified M.S. and Ph.D. students interested in joining our research team.  Information about the admission process is available on the ABE department webpage. When applying to the ABE or Environmental Science graduate program, please send your resume and a short paragraph about your research interests to Dr. Michelle Soupir.

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